Butte County Historical Society

Founded 1956

"Your First Stop for Butte County History"

Once again BCHS will be hosting a holiday open house at the Ehmann Home on Saturday, December 8th from 3-6, preceding the Oroville Light Parade. At 3 pm we will be installing the 2019 society officers. This will be followed by a presentation from ANCHR regarding their new book, Ten Miles of Roadside Archaeology Along the Old Humboldt Wagon Road. ANCHR has worked with Dr. Gregory White to add additional historical perspective to his archaeological account of this historic roadway. The book, in addition to other works of interest regarding the Butte County area, will be for sale to add to your personal collections or for holiday gifts. Don’t  forget that members receive a 10% discount on all purchases, including olives and olive oil. Refreshments will be served. The  winning tickets for this year's opportunity quilts will also be drawn at the event.


Continuing on the Trail of Peter Lassen

One of California’s early pioneers, Peter Lassen left his mark in early Butte County and Northern California history. A native of Denmark, Lassen arrived in our region several years before gold was discovered and received a Mexican Land grant at the confluence of Deer Creek and the Sacramento River. He began a series of business endeavors, none of which were very successful. His determination to succeed kept him active in Northern California until his death in 1859 and caused him to settle in various places.

Join us at the BCHS Museum on Sunday, November 18th as local historian Dave Freeman provides us with an update on his research into the life and times of Lassen and the enigmatic material remains that have been located at several sites where Lassen was active. Several years ago, Dave provided BCHS members with the results of some of his early research at the Rancho Bosquejo site in what is now part  of Tehama County. Since then his research has expanded to sites of Lassen’s later business ventures in areas that would become Plumas County.

The Museum is located at 1749 Spencer Avenue at the Corner of Baldwin Avenue. Our annual membership meeting and election begins at 2:00 pm, followed by the program at 2:20.

Highlights:  Display of artwork depicting Butte County scenes from the BCHS collection as well as private collections. There will be additional art created by Butte County artists. This is a unique opportunity to see many of these items. Also featured is a raffle for a painting trip for six people accompanied by accomplished artist Anna Olsen into the center of the Sutter Buttes. Art supplies will be provided in addition to a picnic lunch. It is anticipated that, weather permitting, the trip will take place the first weekend in April when the wildflowers should be in full bloom. There will also be an opportunity to paint historic ranch buildings. Raffle tickets are $25 each and would make a great holiday gift for the artists among your family and friends. Look for more details in the January Slickens or call the Archives at 533-9418.

Annual BCHS Holiday Open House
December 8 from 3 to 6 pm
Ehmann Home, 1480 Lincoln St., Oroville, CA 

Mark your calendars for the
Butte County through the Eye of the Artist exhibition
Sunday, February 9, 2019 from 2-5 PM at the BCHS Museum
Cost:  $5 per person

Annual Membership Meeting

November 18, 2018

BCHS Museum, Spencer & Baldwin, Oroville, CA​​

Remains of Lassen's log cabin at Big Meadows 
Compliments of CSU Chico Digital Collections

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.




​​Visit the Museum Store
Fridays, 9 am to noon ~ Saturdays, 11 am to 3 pm
1749 Spencer Avenue (at Baldwin), Oroville, CA