The Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road, Yuba City. Hours are Wednesday through
Friday 9-5, and Saturday 12-4. The Museum has a number of permanent exhibits
on the Maidu Indians, early Sutter County settlers, agriculture, the Sutter Buttes, and
school life. Some special items of interest are the restored Yuba Ball Tractor,
John Sutter's Gun, and Lola Montez's dressing table.
The Exhibits combine artifacts, photographs and interpretive labels that provide a
self-guided tour. Group tours are available Wednesday through Friday by appointment only.
Special Exhibits in the Main Hall change every three to four months. They include
in-house exhibits with a local focus as well as traveling exhibits with a broader
context focusing on California and Western history.
Becoming American - Permanent Exhibit
In 2007, the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County began work on its
long-awaited new Multi-Cultural Wing to tell the history and stories of our
area’s diverse peoples. In 2011, the first permanent exhibit to be completed
was that of the Japanese-American community, as a result of collaboration with
the Japanese American Citizens League. March 2012 marked the opening of the
Punjabi and South Asian American exhibit, with the Museum working closely with
the Punjabi-American Heritage Society. We look forward to the completion of
the Chinese-American exhibit also in 2012. The Museum is working together
with the Alliance for Hispanic Advancement to create an exhibit to tell the
stories of our Hispanic community. The history of several other ethnic groups
will ultimately be included in the Multi-Cultural wing.
The “Becoming American” museum project was conceived by a group of individuals
interested in documenting and preserving the migration history of Punjabis and
Southeast Asians to the United States, the Yuba-Sutter area in particular. The
history of the pioneers is one of trials and tribulations and a commitment to
success in a land so foreign from the one they left behind. Punjabi / South
Asian pioneers left India in pursuit of a better life for themselves and their
families. Some came by ship while others came by air...most not having a clue
as to what lay ahead. They faced many difficulties due to language and cultural
differences and encountered rampant discrimination. Their story is one of
determination and survival. So compelling is their history that we found it
necessary to showcase these stories so that they would not be lost forever.
It is our hope that the museum exhibit as well as the book, “Becoming American”,
will bring their stories to life in a way that they will be remembered for
generations to come. Their lives may seem ordinary to folks today, but they
have left a legacy that is nothing short of extra-ordinary. They paved the way
for future generations to achieve the “American Dream”. It is with honor we
recognize and celebrate their achievements through the “Becoming American”
museum project and book.
We've finally completed our Mexican-American exhibit, which means our Multi-Cultural wing is complete!
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Art of Survival is a traveling exhibition probing the complexity of the Japanese American confinement site in Newell, CA.
It became the only officially designated segregation center during WWII and was ruled under martial law. Called Tule
Lake, this location was the largest of the 10 confinement sites and, because anyone deemed a troublemaker by the federal
government was relocated to Tule Lake, it ultimately housed people from all sites. Many of the people who were brought in
under segregation were people who knew their rights had been egregiously undermined and were willing to stand up to the
injustice. Accused of being disloyal, in their dissent, they were ironically acting in the most American way. The
incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent, most citizens of this nation, was a travesty; Tule Lake was
Through haunting images of artifacts by fine art photographer Hiroshi Watanabe we glimpse into the lives of those who were
held at Tule Lake and are encouraged to consider both the orchestration of life behind barbed wire and what it might have
been like to live with constant turmoil and uncertainty. Oral histories allow us to hear varying views on some of the
complex issues of Tule Lake in the voices of those held captive.
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Art of Survival is being supported in part by a Preservation of Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant administered by
the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. Further support provided by The Oregon Community Foundation, Fred
W. Fields Fund; Klamath Tourism Grant; Klamath Arts Council Grant; and generous donations by Densho Digital Archives and
Hiroshi Watanabe. This traveling exhibition was made in cooperation with The Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific
National Monument, Beds National Monument, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Our Virtual Exhibit
web site will take
you on a virtual tour through historic photographs of Sutter County and Marysville.
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