Butte County Historical Society

Founded 1956

"Your First Stop for Butte County History"

Peter Burnett, ca.1860

16th Annual Perry Mason Days
Saturday, October 6  -  11 am to 3 pm
Ehmann Home 1480 Lincoln St.
Historic Downtown Oroville

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

Raymond Burr as Perry Mason

The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett
Presented by Historian Gregory Nokes

Saturday, September 29th at 2pm

Oroville Masonic Lodge, 1462 Myers St. in Downtown Oroville

11:00   Video - “The Six or Seven Lives of  Erle Stanley Gardner”

12:00   Buffet

12:30   Meet Erle’s Nephew

1:00     #1 Fan Book Report :  Hunting Lost Mines by Helicopter

1:30 -2:30    Remarks about Erle from Guests

2:30     Drawing for Gift Baskets


Admission by Donation

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.

Erle Stanley Gardner


​Historian Gregory Nokes is the author of the recently published biography of Peter Burnett from Oregon State University Press. He is making a special stop in Oroville to be with us and talk about his book, The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett. There was a review of this book in the July/August Slickens that talked about his organizing the first wagon train to Oregon then to California where some of his  party established the gold mining town of Oregon City here in Butte County. He also became California’s first governor and was a member of the California Supreme Court.

There will be copies of the book available at this program, but you can also purchase copies ahead at our Museum and Archives and the Ehmann Home, if you wish to read it before the program.  
Questions? 530-533-9418



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