July 2019
Special Program!

One Hundred Years of History, The Fresno Historical Society: 1919-2019

As the Fresno Historical Society celebrates its 100th Anniversary, join Executive Director Ruth Lang as she shares images and stories of the Society's fascinating history. Take a journey through the last 100 years and learn how the Society was established by local pioneer families called upon at the beginning of World War I to establish the Fresno County War History Committee. They stayed together after the war to organize the Fresno Historical Society in 1919 because they felt it was time as a community to preserve records and materials of historical value to Fresno County and the San Joaquin Valley. 

This event is FREE to the public. Space is limited, so reservations are required. To make your reservation, please call the Fresno Historical Society office at 559-441-0862.

Woodward Park Regional Library Meeting Room
Thursday, August 15, 2019

6:30 PM - Refreshments 7:00 PM - Program

History Happy Hour Recap

Entertaining History Happy Hour!

Despite the hot weather, we had a wonderful turn-out at our July History Happy Hour at Kearney Mansion. The gathering was thoroughly entertained as folk musician Evo Bluestein shared music, photographs, and anecdotes from his new book, Road to Sweet's Mill: The West Coast Folk Music Revival in the 1960s & '70sAttendees were delighted as Evo demonstrated his skill as a musician singing folk tunes and playing various instruments throughout the evening. 

Evo told fascinating stories of Sweet's Mill, located above Auberry east of Fresno. Beginning in the 1960s, the former logging camp was a magnet for many key folk and old-time music figures. The annual events held there were billed as a "folk music camp and life festival."

Attend our upcoming events! Watch Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @fresnohistory, or www.valleyhistory.org for more information. Members are also notified by mail and email of upcoming events. 

From the Archives

New Donations about Fresno County Schools

Archivist Katy Hogue is excited to announce that in the past few months we have received three donations that complement and expand our existing local schools collections. 

A gentleman from Virginia who grew up in Fresno County donated two Washington Union High School Progress yearbooks from 1935 and 1936. We also received additional materials from the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools (formerly Fresno County Office of Education) to add to a large collection of negatives that we accepted in December 2018. The new materials include Fresno County Public School directories from the 1950s and early 1960s, as well as select newspapers and photographs, including a 1951 class portrait from Lone Star Union School. Our largest new donation is a series of Wolters Elementary School State of California Teacher's Registers from 1920 to 1960. These books document the students names and attendance, along with notes on academic performance and recommendations regarding matriculation. 

We are pleased that these records are available for researchers. Interested in conducting research at the Fresno Historical Society Archives? Please review the directions listed under Researching the Archives at valleyhistory.org

Volunteers Wanted!

Are you free on  Tuesday mornings?

Archivist Katy Hogue is currently recruiting volunteers for our summer archives project. Join our team to help clean, organize, and inventory our furniture archives. This job will require standing and some lifting. A team of volunteers are  working  on Tuesday mornings from  9 AM - 1 PM. On particularly hot days, we will work from 7 AM - 11 AM.

If you are available on Tuesday mornings, we would be happy to have you, even if it is just for a few weeks. Advance notice required. Please email Katy Hogue at khogue@valleyhistory.org for more information and to get on the volunteer list. We hope to hear from you! 

30th Annual Civil War Revisited

30th Annual Civil War Revisited
Saturday & Sunday 
October 19 & 20, 2019

Battle Reenactments Daily ▪ Cavalry & Cannons
Union & Confederate Soldiers ▪ Military Encampments
Civilian Town ▪ Historic Figures ▪ Life in the 1860s
Carriage Rides ▪ Period Artisans & Entertainment
Old Glory Mercantile ▪ Kids' Camp
Saturday Camp Night Dinner & Dancing
Same Low Entrance Fee ▪ Free Parking

Click HERE for more details.

Time Travelers Education Days
Thursday & Friday
October 17 & 18, 2019

Click HERE for more details.

Civil War Revisited Sponsorship Opportunities

2019 Sponsorship Opportunities Available Now
for the 30th Annual Civil War Revisited!
Contact the Fresno Historical Society (559) 441-0862
for more information.

Major Sponsors

Additional 2018 Major Sponsors
Bonner Family Foundation  ▪  California Bank & Trust
  Garabedian Foundation ▪  iHeart Media
2018 In-Kind & Contributing Sponsors
Cart Addictions ▪  Christopher Cross Photography
Fresno Fire Department ▪  Fresno Equal Opportunities Commission
Fresno County Parks ▪  Fresno County Sheriff's Department
Girl Scouts Central California South ▪  Gray Lift, A Cromer Company
Lighting Resources ▪  Office Depot
Purity Organics ▪  Standard Party Rentals
Superior ATM ▪  Tony's Water Truck Rental
Yosemite Concessions

Visit Kearney Mansion Museum

Tours on Saturdays and Sundays
at 1,  2, and  3 PM
Click HERE  for more information

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