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Museum Exhibits
Museum Exhibits

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.

The National Park Service: 100 Years of Heritage

National Parks loom large in our collective identity, particularly here in California. Yosemite was first protected in 1864. This was the first time that land was set aside specifically for preservation and public use in the USA, and set the precedent for the establishment of the first National Park, Yellowstone, in 1872. Yosemite became a National Park on October 1, 1890. Since then the list has grown to include 27 National Parks in California alone.

Although the first National Park was created in 1872, the National Park Service was not created until 1916. The history of the National Park Service (NPS) is fascinating, particularly the balance between accessibility of the parks for visitors and keeping them as wild and natural as possible. This balance has changed over the years, swinging from a ’whatever we need to do to get more visitors in’ attitude to a ’we need to intervene as little as possible for the health of the environment and the animals in the parks’ attitude. Also interesting is that the NPS manages not only National Parks, but National landscapes and historic sites as well.

"The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations."

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, and the spectacular landscapes and wildlife they work to preserve, we present this exhibit.

All of the art included in this exhibit is for sale. Please see Museum staff for details.

Guest Curated by Don Payne

Included artists: : Gregory Kondos, Frank Ordaz, Mary Warner, Shimo, Phil Gross, Bryan Christiansen, Paul Boehmke, Morris Cotter, Don Nice, Patris, Inger Price, Zbigniew Richard Kozikowski, Reif Erickson, Lance Copeland, and Don Payne

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National Park Service - Back wall of exhibit
National Park Service - Painting by Mary Warner
National Park Service - Boat and Glass Piece
National Park Service - Horsetail Falls

Photos Courtesy of Blake Vaughn

Becoming American - Permanent Exhibit
Becoming American

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.

Mexican-American Exhibit

We've finally completed our Mexican-American exhibit, which means our Multi-Cultural wing is complete!

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Mexican-American Exhibit - California under the Mexican Republic view 1
Mexican-American Exhibit - World War II
Mexican-American Exhibit - California under the Mexican Republic view 2
Mexican-American Exhibit - artifacts
Sacrament: Homage to a River
"TO FALL IN LOVE with a wild river is to be changed forever, heart and soul. To fall for a river in California is to live with the scars and ghosts of loss."
- Rebecca Lawton

In Sacrament: Homage to a River, Geoff Fricker's atmospheric photographs reveal the geology, history, and ecology of the Sacramento River, from salmon runs and weekend events to dam infrastructure and abandoned mining sites. In dreamlike black and white, the river takes on mythic proportions, both within its wild eco-systems and alongside its human-made influences.

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Sacrament: Homage to a River Exhibit -
Virtual Exhibit

Our Virtual Exhibit web site will take you on a virtual tour through historic photographs of Sutter County and Marysville.