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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About Us

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Founded in 1919 by Valley pioneers and children of pioneer families, the Fresno Historical Society has a passion for preserving California’s Central Valley history. We recognize what is remarkable about one of the five most fertile valleys in...
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Most of what the Fresno Historical Society does is connected with Valley stories -  locating them, piecing them together, preserving them, and sharing them.  Why? First, we have a passion for California’s Central Valley and its story....