• Sat, February 04, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Chico History Museum, 141 Salem St. Chico, CA 95928

    Presenter: Mike Wolcott     

    Mike Wolcott is the editor of the Chico Enterprise-Record — just the fourth person to hold that title in the past 70 years.  He had his first byline in a newspaper in June 1976, when he began covering high school sports for his hometown newspaper, the Corning Observer.  He also worked at the Red Bluff Daily News and Eureka Times - Standard before moving to the Bay Area, where he worked for newspapers including the Contra Costa Times and San Francisco Chronicle for the next 23 years.  A native of Flournoy in rural Tehama County, he grew up on a fifth-generation sheep farm, and he likes to say, “The first time I saw my dad castrate a lamb the old-fashioned way, I knew I wanted to be a sports writer”.  He lives near Orland with his wife, Sherrie, an Administrative Support Coordinator at Chico State.  They have two dogs, lots of outdoor cats, and no sheep.

    • Sat, March 25, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Chico History Museum, 141 Salem St. Chico, CA 95928
    Presenter: Richard Burrill

         The story of Ishi stills hovers about the Northern California landscape like a phantom.  Richard Burrill has been immersed in the Ishi story for some 50 years, and has published seven books on Ishi, covering Ishi’s first approximate 55 years in the foothills and mountains of the Mt. Lassen Country to the last four-plus years in San Francisco and the Bay Area.  In Richard’s presentation for the Chico History Museum, we will hear from his new book, UNVANQUISHED  —  ISHI’S STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND FORGIVENESS, about the significant events and challenges that befell Ishi during his first four months in the progressive and tumultuous city of San Francisco in 1911.  According to the author, "the story gets beyond the barriers of culture.  It gives us hope.  People need hope and the feeling that people still care for one another.  The story gives a positive message.  It teaches that differences do not have to be dividing”.  The book will be available for purchase.
    • Sat, April 29, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Chico History Museum, 141 Salem St. Chico, CA 95928

    Presenter: Randy Taylor

    At various times in Chico’s history, there has been a need to use a substitute for actual money. Tokens were made to be used for coinage at various times and paper money was printed and used as legal tender and accepted by local merchants in the Chico community. Consummate Chico collector Randy Taylor will show examples and tell the stories behind this interesting facet from the Chico story.

    • Sat, May 06, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Chico History Museum, 141 Salem St. Chico, CA 95928

    Presenter: Dave Nopel

    Dave Nopel will lead a springtime walk from the Chico History Museum and moving to the front lawn of Kendall Hall on the Chico State campus for the story from W. H. Hutchinson, “How Chico Stole the College”.  We will move from there across Chico Creek, where Dave will talk again about “Chico Creek - My Old Favorite”, and then on to the Bidwell Mansion for a “look and learn” about Chico’s most apparent  historic structure.  This walk-and-talk will last some 90 minutes, and there will be some opportunities for seating and rest-rooming.  There will be a 30-person limitation for this event.

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Closed - Monday to Wednesday

Suggested Admission: 

$5.00 - Adult ages 18-64

$3.00 - Senior 65+/ Military Veteran/ Student/ Child 5+

FREE - Child under age 5

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Special thanks to the City of Chico for its generous support of Chico History Museum.

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