I sometimes picture my farm as a battlefield with troops of people struggling with nature in a hundred-year war.

Germans, Italians, Chinese and Japanese, Armenians, Filipinos, and Mexicans---their voices have sounded over this farm, their families have walked these rows . . .

~ David Mas Masumoto, Epitaph for a Peach

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About Us

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 the world, and we are committed to preserving the Valley‘s history - the Valley experience.

History is a story about people’s lives and how they have lived them. In these stories, we can see how it is that people have succeeded. We can also see what they did when they failed which is probably even more important. We can see what courage looks like, get a sense of what it means to persist, catch a glimpse of what it means to be human and maybe even extraordinary.

When we look at an object, for example, a Native American basket, a 19th-century farm tool, a program or ticket from a performance at a historic theatre, we see a story. When we examine a photograph we see stories about people and places and events. When we walk through older buildings we see stories about the people who designed and built those buildings as well as stories about those who lived and worked in them.

We believe it is vital that as a community, and a state, we have a sense of where we’ve come from. Our history can play a critical role in informing our decisions if we choose to use it.

Last Updated Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 08:21 AM.