Chico History Museum welcomes you during Butte County Museum Weekend, February 24 & 25, 2024! This is a FREE event with many exciting offerings.
Enjoy educational talks from Chico Historian, Dave Nopel, who will present “Another Peek at Chico” at 11am and 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Everyone will also receive a 10% discount and members will receive a 20% discount at on all Gift Shop purchases. Purchase your Chico History Museum Membership during Museum Weekend and receive members' perks.
Click here for more information about Butte County Museum Weekend.
Chico Heritage Association will be holding their annual meeting and member's appreciation at the Chico History Museum.
COME ONE, COME ALL!!!!
Mark your Calendars!
This event is free to all current members.
Non-members are welcome to attend. Ticket costs $20 per person. Free if you renew or sign up as a new member.
This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to view the latest exhibits at the Chico History Museum featuring many different aspects of Chico's rich history. We will also have short program on Bidwell Bowl, the Historic Plaque Project, and (of course) a few business matters. Local historians will be present.
Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks, along with hors d'oeuvres and sweets will be served.
We hope you can attend. An opportunity to participate in a collaborative event of Chico's historical organizations.
Membership renewals and new memberships at both local historical organizations will be offered during the event.
PLEASE RSVP HERE NOW OR BY CALLING THE CHICO HERITAGE ASSOCIATION'S OFFICE AT (530-345-7522) AND LEAVING A MESSAGE.
THANK YOU. Please join us for a good time. This event will cap off Museum Weekend 2024 at Chico History Museum.
Rian Farley has lived in Durham since 1963. She has authored and co- authored several books on the Durham area. She will share her knowledge and pictures in providing a presentation on Durham and the Vina Stanford Ranch. She is a graduate of Durham High School and California State University, Chico. She has long been interested in local history and has 11 books in print.
Les Heringer has been the principal manager for Chico’s famous M & T Ranch for many years, and as such, he has been active in agriculture and water circles and issues for decades. The M & T is sited on a part of the 1844 Mexican era land grant, “The Farwell Grant”. Les will trace the evolution of that land grant from the early time and down to today.
Anna Kawaka will be talking about the development of the Butte County Hall of Records.
More details to follow.
Dave Nopel will draw from family photographs as well as photos and information collected by his father, John Nopel, telling the story of Camp Lassen, upstream from Chico some 35 miles, at Chico Meadows. Dave will touch on the early Boy Scout story in the United States and then in California and Chico. The Boy Scouts would have their first summer camp, Camp Na-Wa-Kwa, in the Humbug Valley just west of Lake Almoner, but would move their summer camp to Chico Meadows in 1934. Pictures will portray Camp Lassen from it’s construction down to today, where its very future is threatened by the swirling circumstances of our present day.
Long time Chico newsman, Steve Schoonover will be speaking on his book “Before Ishi: The Life and Death of the Yahi”. The book sprung from a failed effort Schooner made to share with his son some of the on-the-scene knowledge about a bit of local history, namely the life and death of the Yahi Indians of eastern Tehama County. The failure prompted several years of research that found the accounts of the destruction of the tribe were just plain wrong. The author feels an obsession with promoting the myths of Ishi made getting the story right important. The book is an effort to correct the mistakes and focus on the Yahi rather than Ishi.
11AM to 4PM - Thursday to Sunday
Closed - Monday to Wednesday
$5.00 - Adult ages 18-64
$3.00 - Senior 65+/ Military Veteran/ Student/ Child 5+
FREE - Child under age 5
141 Salem & 2nd St, Downtown Chico, CA 95928
P.O. Box 6988, Chico, CA 95927
A 501 (c) (3) organization.
Special thanks to the City of Chico for its generous support of Chico History Museum.