• 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
    • 2 sessions
    • 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. And then walk back to Chico History Museum.  This walk-and-talk will last about 90 minutes, will cover about a mile distance, and there will be some opportunities for seating. Restrooms will be available at Chico History Museum. 

    Due to popular demand, this event are scheduled to two sessions, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Space is limited for each session is limited so sign up early!

    Important: This event may require participants to walk on uneven surface and on public streets. Wear comfortable walking shoes, appropriate clothing, and hat. Bring water to drink.

    • Sat, June 03, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Chico History Museum, 141 Salem St. Chico, CA 95928

    Speaker: Kathleen F. Gabriel, EdD

    This presentation will explore the history of several historical buildings and the businesses and/or social activities that were conducted in them.  The owners, both men and women, who conducted the daily happenings, created the ambience of downtown Chico.  Furthermore, many built beautiful homes that exhibited their successes.  From legal to illicit, eccentric to conventional, their stories will be shared.

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11AM to 4PM - Thursday to Sunday 

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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P.O. Box 6988, Chico, CA 95927

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

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