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

    Pioneer Day was the premier celebration every Spring in Chico, started in the early 20th century, it enthralled the entire community of Chico and beyond until its riotous demise in 1987. The one theme that stayed constant throughout P-Day's ever-changing nature was decentralization and disorganization, that both allowed it to rise to great heights, but was also instrumental in its downfall. Not only will this presentation reignite the nostalgia in those who remember the heights of P- Day, but will also expose and discuss the implications of the darker side of the legacy of P-Day. All in all, this is the story of the rapid rise and precipitous downfall of the event that earned Chico State the spot as the number one party school in the nation.

    Presenter: Sean Keehn

    • Sat, June 17, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Chico History Museum, 141 Salem St. Chico, CA 95928

    Join us for a presentation on Black History in the Sacramento Valley from 1863 to 1913. The Black community arrived in Chico in 1863, and under the leadership of Peter Powers and Peter Jackson, created a thriving community that funded small businesses, set up polling locations for Black residents, and established community centers for all of Butte County. In spite of the discrimination and harassment they faced, their work shaped the founding of Chico, and their legacy lives on to this day.

    Their stories give us a look at how the Black community impacted early lives and economic development in Chico, California, and how that legacy continued into the 20th century.

    Our guest speaker, Gabrielle Culbertson, is a cultural anthropologist, whose work is focused on decolonizing and curating local museums to reflect diverse community history. Their research and writing is focused on Black History in the United States and the importance of community and religion on African American movements of resistance. Their recent research has focused on recording and collecting African American experiences in the Sacramento Valley during the late 19th and 20th century.

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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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