On the top floor of the Yosemite Gateway Museum is the Bonnie L. Stevens History Resource Center (HRC) with the most complete resources dedicated to the genealogy and history of the area "south of the Tuolumne River.” The Center is named in honor of long-time STCHS volunteer, Bonnie L Stevens, who was instrumental in launching the HRC.
To record the history of people and places "south of the river" and to make it available to all interested parties.
HRC's mission is two-fold. First, to preserve the history of the lives and property of people who have lived in southern Tuolumne County. Second, to share with successive generations the heritage received from those who lived here before.
While HRC focuses on the area south of the Tuolumne River, Jacksonville and Chinese Camp - despite being north of the river - are also covered due to their strong links to Moccasin, Groveland, and Big Oak Flat. For the same reason, northern Mariposa County is also included.
Individuals interested in local history can contact HRC by:
All records are made available conditionally to the public for genealogical and historical research. Access is permitted by appointment by calling the Museum at 209 962 0300 and leaving a message to request a call back.
HRC's Facebook page is titled "Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society and Family History Center." www.facebook.com/Groveland95321History
Local citizens and organizations are encouraged to use HRC as a storage facility for copies of their records of local historical interest. Such records might consist of membership rosters, minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings, photos, diaries, stories, letters, oral histories, etc.