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.
On Sunday, September 5, 2021, STCHS is planning to hold its annual Labor Day Barbecue from 3 to 7 p.m. This year will offer the best in basic barbecue food to go with a good time with friends.
The Labor Day Barbecue will also provide exhibits and events to help celebrate history and the end of summer. It's a guarantee to provide fun and enjoyment for the entire family
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.
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 May 17 STCHS volunteers worked to clean up the open space in front of the Museum. Winter rains had encouraged plant growth, and winter winds had brought down lots of branches. Board members Harriet Codeglia and Kathy Brown spent several hours cleaning up the display of local minerals along the Museum walkway. Dave Roberts, Joe Hopkins, and Scott Belser whacked weeds and cleaned up the yard. Our thanks to them for all their hard work!