We had come to this dry area . . . and we had paused in it and built our houses and we were slowly creating the legend of our life. We were digging for water and we were leading streams through the dry land. We were planting and ploughing and standing in the midst of the garden that we were making.

~ William Saroyan

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School & Group Tours


(Note: Home Schools and Online Schools - See Group Tours below)

 Bring your class for a visit to one of the San Joaquin Valley’s most significant historic sites.  It’s a site that helps tell the story of the development of agriculture in the Valley.  It’s a site that helps tell California’s immigration story.  Come and explore with your students a remarkable piece of regional and California history!  Visit and:


Experience a one-room school house in the Carriage House Education Center complete with 120-year-old school desks - one for each student.

Explore household objects from the 1809s - a rug beater, curling iron, butter bowl & paddle, wash board, game of nine-pins - through a hands-on “History Detective” activity.

Tour the 112-year-old Kearney MansionThe historic ranch manager’s house together with a large ranch town served as the headquarters for Kearney’s 5,000-acre raisin estate and is located in historic Kearney Park  - a perfect setting to have a picnic lunch after our class tour!

Learn about the agricultural beginnings of California’s San Joaquin Valley through the story of one of California’s agricultural pioneers --- M. Theo Kearney.

Visit Fresno of the 1890s through photographs that feature children growing up in late 19th century America illustrating how they dressed, the toys they played with, the school experience.

Walk down the streets of Fresno in the 1890s -  peering into shop windows, encountering horse-drawn streetcars and fire wagons, taking a drink out of the “Boy with the Leaking Boot” fountain in Courthouse Park.  Lead students to compare and contrast their lives in the 21st century with how boys and girls lived in the early years of Fresno’s history.


A field trip to Kearney Mansion Museum

meets California Social Science Standards

3.1 (2)    2.3 (2 and 3)     3.4 (3)


Tour Fees

$4 per student     $5 per adult chaperone   teachers are free


Tour Schedule 

Tuesdays – Fridays           First Tour at 9:30AM     Allow 2 hours per 40 students


To Book A Tour

Call the Historical Society office at 559-441-0862 and ask for the museum tour coordinator or email info@valleyhistory.org 


GROUP TOURS  (including Home Schools and Online Schools)

Make Kearney a destination for your group!  Come out with friends or colleagues for a glimpse of the San Joaquin Valley’s beginnings.  Learn about early Valley agriculture through the life and times of M. Theo Kearney, a California ag pioneer.  Tour a turn-of-the-century ranch manager’s house with great examples of late 19th century residential interiors. Experience the grounds of Kearney’s 1890s landscape.  The hour-long tour includes a visit to the museum store.

Group tours may be scheduled to accommodate an organization’s needs (mornings or afternoons). A minimum of 12 guests is required. Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance, and a non-refundable deposit must be received approximately two weeks before the tour date. Groups under 12 visitors are encouraged to join our regular public tours on Friday, Saturday or Sunday at 1, 2 or 3 pm. 


Tour Fees

$5 per adult         

$4 per senior (60 yrs and above)    

$4 per student (13 yrs – 17 yrs  or with valid student ID)

$3 per child  (3 - 12 yrs.)

Free for children under 3 


To Book A Tour

Call the Historical Society office at 559-441-0862 and ask for the museum tour coordinator or email info@valleyhistory.org.

Last Updated Saturday, February 06, 2016 - 02:39 PM.