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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California's Great San Joaquin Valley

“The grandest and most telling of California landscapes is outspread before you. At your feet lies the great Central Valley glowing in the sunshine, extending north and south farther than the eye can reach, one smooth, flowery, lake-like bed of...
Oral History: Recording Our Stories SOME SAY IT'S GOSSIP THAT'S GOOD FOR YOU . . . Others, like noted historian David McCullough, that it's a great buffet lunch of all the kinds of choices that people have made and what they did with their lives. It...
You’ll find two reading lists here - one focused on the history of California’s Central Valley, the other a list of publications about Fresno and Fresno County. Enjoy exploring these resources. CALIFORNIA’S CENTRAL VALLEY A Land...