After a hiatus of several years, BCHS is once again hosting a Museum Conference for all museums and historical organizations in Butte County. The loss in the Camp Fire of the collections of the Paradise Genealogical Society and the Gold Nugget Museum, in addition to numerous historic structures. has illuminated the need to work together, see how we can help each other, and talk about possibilities for preservation and dissemination of Butte County history through digitization.

Admission: $15 with salad buffet lunch   

               $10 bring your own lunch

Please RSVP by September 7th or 530-533-9418

   After in-gathering over coffee and doughnuts, the sessions will start at 9:30. The day will be a rich immersion in the Ishi Story, for both newcomers and return attendees. Come and learn more about the science of anthropology and anthropologists’ efforts to preserve information about near extinct cultures; late 19th century interaction between Ishi’s people and white settlers, and why the Ishi story continues to intrigue both those who have just learned about it as well as those who have studied it for years.


The Ehmann Home


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.

Raymond Burr as

Perry Mason

Earl Stanley Gardner.


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

17th Annual Perry Mason Days

Saturday, October 5  -  11 am to 2 pm
The Ehmann Home
1480 Lincoln Street
Historic Downtown Oroville

Celebrating the life and times of
Erle Stanley Gardner who once lived in Oroville
and wrote the Perry Mason stories



Ishi Gathering & Seminar 

“Ishi and Anthropologists – Treasure Through Time”
Saturday November 2nd—9 am to 3 pm


BCHS Museum Conference​​

​Saturday, September 14, 2019

9 am to 3 pm

The Ehmann Home

1480 Lincoln Street in Downtown Oroville

...The Ishi Seminar this year will focus on anthropological work in gaining knowledge of the life ways of California’s aboriginal tribes, particularly the Yahi, and the value of Ishi’s contributions. It will include an overview of the study of California Indians before 1911, the anthropologists A.L. Kroeber, T. T. Waterman, and E. L. Gifford, and their work with Ishi, as well as later research which has added new insights and more substance to the Ishi Story.


Butte County Historical Society

Founded 1956

"Your First Stop for Butte County History"

11:00   Video - “The Six or Seven Lives of Erle Stanley Gardner”
12:00   Buffet
12:30   Welcome
12:45   #1 Fan Book Report
  1:00    Remarks about Erle from guests
  2:00    Draw for Gift Baskets

"Where are we and where do we go from here?"

(A question we all must ask from time to time)

BCHS Museum