On the third floor of the Yosemite Gateway Museum is the Bonnie L. Stevens History Resource Center (HRC) with the most complete resources dedicated to collecting the genealogy and history of the area "south of the river.” The Center is named in honr of long-time STCHS volunteer, Bonnie L Stevens who was instrumentl in launching the HRC. The area encompasses Groveland, Big Oak Flat, Buck Meadows, Greeley Hill, and Chinese Camp.
Volunteers collect and organize information from old newspapers, photos, books, obituaries and other sources to build a database of information which preserves the history of individuals and the communities of southern Tuolumne County. This information is often available to the public in the original form, such as hard copy publications, maps, and the like, on shelves in the HRC room. Access to the resources is obtained by making an appointment with volunteer staff or stopping by on designated “drop in” days
Another service of HRC is the Genealogy Workshop held the fourth Friday of each month (except November and December) from 1 to 3pm. Volunteers are available to help with genealogy projects whether one is a beginner or more advanced and experienced. The HRC has access to both free and subscription internet research sites to help with research. Information about these workshops is also available at periodic HRC “open houses”
Example of Resources Available -
Yosemite Gazette 1926