The ground surface is so nearly level that you have no sense of contour. . . . It is not a former lake, although in large part it is a former swamp. Geology characteristically repeats itself around the world and down through time, but---with the possible exceptions of the Chilean Longitudinal Valley and the Dalbandin Trough in Pakistan---the Great Central Valley of California has no counterpart on this planet.

~ John McPhee, Assembling California

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Bequests & Estate Plan Gifts

We kindly ask that our members and friends remember the Fresno Historical Society in their estate planning.

Membership dues are essential in helping to sustain the Fresno Historical Society from year to year. From time to time, the Society receives funding through estate bequests. These funds help tremendously with larger projects and programs undertaken by the Society. These gifts assure our members that, through their estate planning, they can do even more to protect our heritage for future generations. You can, too. You'll be helping to protect our history and yours for years to come. 

Benefits include: 

  • Your gift costs you nothing now, and your retain control of you assets during your lifetime.
  • You can change your mind or modigy your gift if circumstances change. 
  • Your gift can remain anonymous if you choose.
  • Your gift may provide tax savings or help reduce the tax burden for your heirs.
  • You can leave a gift in honor or memory of someone who inspited your love of history.


Bequests that are non-specific or broadly worded will go farther to support our projects and programs. Consulting an estate planning attorney is recommended. 

For more information on starting your estate planning, review the California Attorney General's page on Estate Planning - Wills and Trusts.


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Last Updated Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 05:58 PM.