STCHS’s founding charter extends beyond recording and preserving local area history. It includes promoting the awareness of our past and traditions, ”making available for the public benefit the total history of our area.” This goal requires outreach into the community, educating and bringing history to life, through a number of proactive activities.
Living History Day provides a window into the daily life of bygone days. Volunteers dress in period (1800s) costume and demonstrate aspects and article from the normal lives of local residents – games, tools, clothing, working. Usually held in the fall, Living History Day can be enjoyed by the entire family.
Weaving Demonstration - Living History Day
Tours are a unique way to experience history by seeing it close up. Groveland has a number of vintage structures and landmarks, highllghted by its historical Main Street. Buildings date from the 1850s to the early 20th century. A printable PDF copy of a walking tour is available below. In addition, interested visitors can arrange a guided tour of the Gateway Museum.
Speakers Bureau offers a regular series of talks given by experts knowledgeable in history subjects, area flora and fauna, and other topics of local interest . Talks generally occur bi-monthly in season at a local venue.
Community Outreach complement STCHS’s ongoing presence in the community with special opportunities to bring history to people’s attention. STCHS participates actively in the area’s annual celebration of 49er Days featuring a patriotic parade down Main Street. It provides specific information and photos on local history to businesses and individuals on request.