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The Fresno County Historical Society is excited to host our premiere barbeque competition to be held on September 24, 2022, The Great Kearney BBQ Smoke Out, a KCBS Sanctioned Master's Series event.

For event information and applications to be a competitor follow the link below.  

Event tickets on sale now.  Early Bird pricing available through August 31st.  Don't wait!

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ENCORE! Back by popular demand…our Fields of Fresno Ag Tour offers an engaging and educational experience.  Guests will enjoy an elegant mansion tour with deep agri-business roots dating back to the founding of Fresno County, followed by a fun curated motor coach ride with multiple stops at unique Ag sites throughout the County.  The trip incudes a catered lunch and tastings at designated locations along with a chance to hear directly from the farmers and business owners who work the land and grow the products that we rely on each day.  Monthly tours planed February through October 2022. 


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We celebrated Moms on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Kearney Mansion Museum with a traditional tea party.  This special event offered a choice of seating in the Mansion dining room or on the veranda overlooking Kearney Park.

There were two seating times for tea at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM and included a traditional tea service, flower arranging demonstration and a tour of the Kearney Mansion Museum and Gallery along with a 10% discount on store merchandise. 

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On March 25, 2022 the Society celebrate the 1930s. A decade that gave voice to films, filled the radio with fireside chats and saw America tested and our country rise to accomplish more, be more and do more than any decade before.  Guests were able to party like movie stars, rub shoulders with gamblers, dance to big band jazz and swing all night long at the Fresno County Historical Society’s Night at the Cocoanut Grove at The Grand 1401. 

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This holiday season, the Society will bring Christmas back to the Kearney Mansion Museum & Gallery with our annual display for Christmas at Kearney. The Mansion will be filled with decorated trees, each representing a local decorator's interpretation of a favorite Christmas Carol for our Sounds of the Season theme. From November 26 through New Year's Day, guests will learn the history of some of the oldest, most popular and well-known Christmas songs as well as that of M. Theo Kearney and the Fruit Vale Estate. Several events are planned during the month, including a Meet & Greet with Santa, Holiday Tea Party and a Members' Reception.

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Do you think you are a good detective? Do you always try to solve the murder before the end of the story? Have you always wondered what really happens behind the closed doors of Kearney Mansion? Now you can find out the answers to all these questions and more at the Mystery at Kearney Mansion special event this October.  

Test your sleuthing skills as you interview suspects, find clues and solve the murder mystery…if you can!  This fully interactive experience features a cast of colorful characters that will trick and treat you to a delightful and frightful affair…it is no coincidence that THIS murder takes place near Halloween!

Five performances are available from October 22nd through 24th, and tickets are extremely limited. Don’t delay, or you may be left out in the cold…the cold of the old Ice House that is! All proceeds benefit your Fresno County Historical Society.


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On September 18th, the Society partnered with the Fresno County Farm Bureau to provide an engaging and informational Ag Tour in and around Fresno County. The unique experience started at the Kearney Mansion Museum & Gallery with coffee and a brief history of M. Theo Kearney and his historic Kearney Ranch and Fruit Vale Estate. Our comfortable and spacious coach bus departed for three stops at Fresno County farms followed by a return to Kearney Park.

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The Fresno Bicycle Coalition led a ride along Historic Kearney Blvd. before a guided tour of the Kearney Mansion Museum & Gallery on Saturday, July 24th.  The tour departed from Chandler Field and was a fun, family friendly outing that was both healthy and educational.  

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During the Covid-19 pandemic, your FCHS has been working to ensure our students are still connecting to history and social studies lessons! Although our FCHS annual Living History event was not able to be held in 2020, the Society, along with our generous sponsors, is able to provide the School Days experience through an exciting array of online digital curriculum. Twelve immersive and unique lessons will take students on a journey to the America of the 1800s and will share the story of Fresno County in the 19th century though activities, video presentations and learning about historical figures of the time. 

This project has been made possible by: Educational Employees Credit Union, Clovis Unified School District, Fresno Unified School District, Assemi Group Inc, Smittcamp Family Foundation, The Bonner Family Foundation and California Bank & Trust, with additional support from the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools and Bank of America.

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Guests were able to celebrate Mom on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the Kearney Mansion Museum with a traditional tea party. The planned event  was scheduled to be held on the Mansion's veranda with tables well spaced apart.

The event offered two seating times for tea at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM and was a sell out.

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Held on December 19, 2020 this virtual Holiday Tea Party featured a seasonal and lavish experience from the comfort and safety of home. This unique event included a tea party in a box complete with keepsake china tea cup and saucer, English tea, honey, clotted cream, scones, cookies & petit fours - just add hot water. 

Our virtual program featured experts in etiquette and gift wrapping as well as a chance to bid on a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. 

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From December 1, 2019  to January 3, 2020 the Fresno Historical Society presented a holiday display of Christmas trees throughout the Kearney Mansion Museum. Each tree represented a different decade over the 100 year history of the Fresno Historical Society.  The installation was accompanied by festive holiday events throughout the month of December.

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On October 19th & 20th of 2019, Kearney Park was transformed for the 30th year of Civil War Revisited, the largest signature event of its kind west of the Mississippi.  All proceeds benefited the Society.  Hundreds of reenactors, period craftspersons and actors portraying historical figures came together to create a living history that was both educational and entertaining. 

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Party likes its 1919!  On Saturday, April 6, 2019 the Fresno Historical Society hosted a Gala Celebration to kick off the organization's Centennial Year.  The event transformed the grounds of Kearney Mansion into a sparkling event in the tradition of the Great Gatsby.  Guests enjoyed champagne and cocktails while watching amazing high-wire entertainments and a magician and danced to the music from a bygone era.