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Historical Museums, Parks and Societies in the Northern California Region:

Napa County Historical Society
The Napa County Historical Society Museum and Goodman Library is a long name for the narrow, two-story building on downtown Napa's main street. But the 1902 Napa County Historical Society's museum/library makes up for its modest size with a long history and a rich collection that dips well back into the 19th Century.

Most museum exhibits are on the ground floor, including photos of Napa County's most historic buildings some dating to the early 1800s and a collection of the hats women wore while attending formal teas in the building while gentlemen played billiards in the adjacent room. The pool tables are gone, but teas are still held three times a year (December, Valentine's weekend and Mother's Day), with women attending encouraged to wear period costumes.

William B. Ida Adobe State Historical Park – Red Bluff
Your direct route to the 1850's - a time of great opportunity and dramatic change at a pace that was demanding, yet genteel. First, we want to breathe life into Gold Rush history by bringing together the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures of the 1850's in a way that makes them feel real for visitors. Second, we want to immerse visitors in that reality so that they can experience first-hand what life was like during the Gold Rush.

Alta Schmidt House Museum – Orland (website not available)
Alta Schmidt House Museum was built in 1902. This distinctive Victorian home is owned and operated by the Orland Historical and Cultural Society. The museum is located at 936 Fourth St. and is open weekly on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m., May through October. Tours by appointment for the museum and/or the Heritage Trail at the Glenn County Fairgrounds may be arranged by calling 530/865-9555 or 530/865-3212. The home is filled with fascinating odds and ends relating to the Orland area history. Docents answer questions about displays of historical photographs, early day fashions, late 1800s trade tools, kitchen ware, and medical memorabilia.

More information about Historical Museums, Parks and Societies is available on our Resources (PDF). The file contains information about the following counties: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Napa, Neveda, Mendocino, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, and Yolo.