EVENTS

Chico History Museum hosts many events through the year. Check out the list of upcoming events, register, and experience the diverse culture and history of Chico. Also, subscribe to Museum News to get updated information about what's going on.

Upcoming events

    • Sat, October 26, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Chico History Musuem, 141 Salem St and Salem, Downtown Chico
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    Start collecting your hidden treasures. Chico Museum's Antique Appraisal event is back. Bring in your prized possessions during this event to be appraised by our experts.

    Entrance fee is $8 per item.

    • Sat, November 02, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Chico History Museum, 141 Salem St. Chico
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    This year, 2019, marks 200 years since John Bidwell’s birth in 1819, and throughout the year the Bidwell Mansion Association has been holding events to commemorate and spotlight the Bidwell story and legacy in Chico and California. This ROUNDTABLE PERSPECTIVE program is one of the Association events, featuring three distinguished Bidwell authors, Nancy Leek, Michael Magliari, and Michele Shover. All three have published books and articles about John and Annie B., and this event promises to be the highlight of our Chico History Museum fall lecture series. Bring your questions!!! 



    • Sat, November 09, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Chico History Museum, 141 Salem St. Chico
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    CHICO’S BIDWELL PARK IT’S PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

    Environmental educator and published author Paul Belz will provide a preview of his upcoming book on Bidwell Park. Paul moved to Chico in 2017, with Bidwell Park “a huge attraction,” and he is writing a book “about the park’s human and natural history and on the many ways people have seen and related to it. This project is an ongoing odyssey as I discover the park, people who have loved it, and issues that make it the place that it is.” Paul will complement his program with projected pictures. 



    • Sat, November 16, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Chico History Museum, 141 Salem St, Chico
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    THE TIMES OF THE BARTLETT DRUG COMPANY IN CHICO

    Born and raised in Chico, career educator and published author Kathleen Gabriel will give us a preview of her soon-to-be-published book 1905-1971: The Times of the Bartlett Drug Company in Chico. Before the malls and the big box stores, small businesses dominated downtown Chico. Chico’s downtown was the community center for shopping, medical needs, business, entertainment, and social events. This presentation will highlight major events of Chico and the critical role that pharmacies played in the health and welfare of its citizens, with emphasis on the Bartlett Drug Company. 



    • Sat, November 30, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Chico History Museum, 141 Salem St. Chico
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    CHICO PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
    A DOWNTOWN LANDMARK

    In 2018, the Bidwell Presbyterian Church located at First Street and Broadway celebrated its 150th year in Chico. Dave Nopel will present the story of that church, beginning with the arrival of Annie Bidwell in Chico in 1868, the construction of the first prominent church building on the northeast corner of Broadway and Fourth Street, and then the present building was finished in 1910. Nopel will build his presentation around projected pictures, and draw from his family’s long association with that church and his father’s collection of information and images. 





    • Sat, December 07, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Chico History Museum, 141 Salem St. Chico
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    SYNCHRONICITY AND ANTIQUES

    Barbara Padgett Gore will present a program that she titles “Memorable Moments of Synchronicity While Conducting My Antique Business.” She moved to Chico when she was 5, went through the Chico schools, and has operated her “Barb’s Buy-Gones” Antique Store in Durham for 36 years. She relates synchronicity to coincidence and will tell stories and show items that she has acquired relating to Chico events and people during the handling of estate materials. According to Barb, these connections “happen all the time.”



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