Beyond the river stretches the interminable prairie, where the fields of harvested wheat lie wrapped in slumber; . . . . The light stealing upon the broad shadows, first touches the tops of the prairie wagons. . . . Then, making more and more progress, it shines. . . and at last, in full glory of splendor, brings out the yellow of the cultivated fields and the course brown of the sandy soil.

~ Picturesque America, 1872

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Oral History Collections

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Oral Histories 1964 – 1978The Fresno Historical Society houses a collection of oral histories recorded in the 1960s and 1970s. These recordings contain some rare memories, such as one woman’s vivid description of the 1895 Fresno Courthouse...
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African Americans in the Central Valley, 2004-2005The African American experience in the Central Valley is explored through stories of longtime residents and community elders.  Subjects include:  African American migration to the Central...
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Fresno County Farm Bureau, 1983 In 2001, the Fresno County Farm Bureau donated copies of 28 taped oral histories recorded in 1983.  These oral histories contain reminiscences from some of the leading pioneer farmers in this region. Voices of...