The Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society (STCHS) is a volunteer community organization dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the colorful history of the area “south of the Tuolumne River.” Groveland and Big Oak Flat were 1850s Gold Rush towns which later thrived as a gateway to Yosemite National Park. The centerpiece of STCHS is the Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum in Groveland welcoming visitors from all over the world, and all year long. STCHS also advances its goals by building preservation projects, community education, and the History Resource Center.
On Sunday, September 5, 2021, STCHS will hold its annual Labor Day Barbecue from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Pine Mountain Lake Equestrian Center. The cost is $15 for adult, and $10 for kids under 12. We'll have great burgers, salad, and chips. A raffle will give $500 to the lucky winner. Not to mention lots of fun activities for kids of all ages.
The music this year will be provided by the well-known Bay Area entertainer, Groovy Judy. Her diverse music extends from the Beatles to the latest popular tunes, but is nothing but "feel good." A proven crowd favorite from her past appearances at the Barbecue, she's certain to be a hit with all.
STCHS is welcoming visitors to the Museum to view local history in person. We follow the latest state and local Covid recommendations. Masks required for the unvaccinated.
Open hours are 10 to 2 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If necessary, please call us to open by special appointment.
As the Museum re-opens, it is looking to add volunteers to greet and welcome visitors to the Museum. It's a wonderful opportunity to meet people from all over the country and the world. Docents serve at their own schedule with no obligation other than to enjoy themselves. Sign up on the "Docent" page of the website.
Thanks to the years-long dedication of the Board Displays Committee (under the leadership of Kathy Brown), the Museum has just opened a new exhibit on the indigenous Me-Wuk, the First People to live in southern Tuolumne County. It's sure to offer visitors a great chance to learn about their lives and culture.
The exhibit offers a series of artifacts and historical photos that chronicle the way of life of the Me-Wuk people who lived in Groveland and Big Oak Flat before the Gold Rush. Of special interest is the basketry which was a prominent part of Me-Wuk culture.