Butte County Historical Society

Founded 1956

"Your First Stop for Butte County History



Yes, it’s Holiday time again! BCHS’s annual holiday open house preceding the Oroville Light Parade is coming up. Come visit the decorated Ehmann Home between 3-6 pm. We will have cookies and hot drinks for our visitors. At this time we will hold our opportunity drawing for the quilt and for the decorated Victorian doll house. If anyone would like to help decorate the Ehmann Home on Saturday, December 2nd at 11:00 am, please call Alberta at 877-7436. Hope to see you there!

Come Visit the Renovated BCHS Museum Exhibits

Saturday, November 11th from 2-4

We will be hosting the official opening of the renovated BCHS Museum exhibits. World War I saw a profound change in many elements of American society, which affected how people lived their lives. Through a number of new exhibits and the updating of others, the Exhibit Committee has attempted to show how this was reflected in the lives of Butte County residents. Cookies and punch will be served. 

Saturday, December 9

Holiday Open House & Opportunity Drawings
Ehmann Home starting at 3 pm

Oroville Holiday Parade of Lights
Downtown Oroville at 6 pm

Join Us in Durham for a Great program on November 19th! Stuart Swiedler of the East Bay Hills Project will be presenting further research on the Northern Electric / Sacramento Northern Railroad at our annual membership meeting on November 19th. Many of you may recall the fascinating program he provided for us at the Ehmann Home in October of 2016, when Stuart presented his  research on the history of the Sacramento Northern   Railroad in Oroville.

The program begins at 3 pm with a very short Annual Meeting and election of 2018 officers followed by the program. It will be held in the Social Hall of the Adobe Church in Durham. Refreshments will be available following the program.

To get there:

  • From highway 99 (north or south bound), take the Durham exit, travel four miles west to the town of Durham. At the 4 way stop, continue straight for one block and the Church is on your right at 2404 Durham - Dayton Highway.

  • From the Midway, at the 4 way stop, turn right (if southbound) or left (if northbound), travel one block and the Church is on the right.



Looking for that perfect gift for a history buff? Drop by our  Museum and Museum Store. After a captivating walk through Butte County history at the Museum, take a few moments to fill your gift list with some of wonderful items in our newly reorganized and restocked Museum Store. Our volunteers have found many local products that will delight your family and friends. Also, be sure to look at the selection of excellent books about Butte County's fascinating history.  
Among the many local products made in Butte County, there are new additions from Painted Sky, a company based in Gridley that makes soaps, lotions and heel & elbow cream all from goat's milk. Mooney Farms, based at the Chico Airport, has wonderful culinary products that feature sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke pasta sauce and pesto. This Butte County company also has wonderful olive oil and beautiful gift baskets! These are just the tip of the iceberg of local products, books on local history, archival storage boxes and folders now available.

So think about us when you are ready for an interesting day at the museum or when you have a little shopping to do. We're looking forward to your visit.
Fridays, 9 am to noon ~ Saturdays, 11 am to 3 pm
1749 Spencer Avenue (at Baldwin), Oroville, CA

Going to School in Chico

During the Electric Street Car Era, 1905-1947
Sunday, November 19 at 3 pm

(note change in normal meeting time)
Adobe Church in Durham