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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Artifact Collections

Mono Indian, photograph taken in 1896

From the imposing stature of a twelve-foot redwood statue to a sturdy wooden butter bowl and paddle. From a delicate baby’s christening gown to the symmetrical beauty of a Mono Indian basket. Objects help us tell people’s stories.

That’s why the Historical Society has been collecting and preserving history for nearly one hundred years – and sharing these objects through exhibits that explore our region’s social, cultural, civic and economic history.

 

The Society’s diverse collections include:

  • American Indian Basketry
  • Quilts and Textiles
  • Costumes
  • Furniture
  • Dolls and Toys
  • Musical Instruments
  • Decorative Arts and Paintings
  • Household Tools and Equipment
  • Agricultural Implements
  • The Historic Fresno County Court House Collection , including the Cupola
  • The Joss House Altar from the Sam Yup Association in Fresno’s Chinatown

 


We invite you to get in touch with us to talk about Donating to the Collections.

Last Updated Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 04:14 PM.