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.
The Museum held its Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, April 24 in the Museum parking lot. More than 50 visitors came from near and far, including from Japan!
Open hours will be 10 to 2 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Stop by, pick up a book or gift, and take a look at the new paint job inside. Covid precautions apply.
One of the outstanding exhibits in the Museum is our collection of birds and animals of the area, reflecting our commitment to local natural history. Note the white wall behind the exhibits. The Museum was painted in 2000 and hasn't been updated since. Time for a change!
After receiving color recommendations from a design expert, the Museum decided to modernize with a dramatic new interior color. The work was done professionally and completed on April 9, 2021. We're excited by the results and ready for our new season!
On April 24 - after the Museum Re-Opening - Museum volunteers took on the spring weeds around the Cobden House in Big Oak Flat. Mike Millard cleaned up the front yard of the House.
The high grass and weeds on the side of the Wells Fargo Building were no match for Dave Roberts and his power weed whacker. Many thanks to Dave and Mike for a job well done!