Butte County Historical Society

Founded 1956

"Your First Stop for Butte County History"

Please join us at the Ehmann Home on Sunday, January 27th for the annual Butte County Historical Society Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. All you need to bring is your appetite! Through the years our organization has been blessed with many dedicated and talented volunteers. They are the back bone of our Society and this is our opportunity to publicly say “Thank you!” The event begins at 1:00 pm. All volunteers are  welcome, past, present and potential!


Book Signing for Spillway Emergency 

Sunday, January 27th at 11 am

(Just prior to the Volunteer Luncheon mentioned below)
The Ehmann Home
1480 Lincoln in Downtown Oroville

​​This year the Society is having a new fund raiser. We are planning on sponsoring an art show at the Museum at 1749 Spencer Avenue. The plans are to showcase Butte County’s historic features through the works of local artists. Also, a tribute to the historic treasures that were lost in the Camp Fire will be featured, and hopefully some support can be given to those organizations who lost their collections. There will be raffles, refreshments and a chance to enjoy the artwork from many local artists. Many of them have created works that feature local historic locales.

As part of this fundraiser there will be a special raffle. It will be for an art excursion into the Sutter Buttes. Tickets are $25 and the winner will, along with five friends, enjoy a day trip to the historic Dean Ranch in the center of the Sutter Buttes. This location is not otherwise available to the public. The trip will include lunch, snacks and drinks throughout the day and an art lesson from featured artist Anna Olson. All supplies will be provided and instruction will be for all levels of ability. Tickets for this special raffle are available at the  archives and museum, if you wish to purchase some. You can drop in during archive or museum hours or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Butte County Historical Society, PO Box 2195, Oroville, Ca. 95965. The winning ticket will be drawn at the end of the show, and the excursion will take place the last    Sunday in March so that the artists can enjoy the wildflowers and other beautiful and historical sights.

Anyone interested in helping with the show in either the planning or the set-up please let us know. If you have paintings that you would like to share for this show, we are very interested in hearing from you. You can call the archives at 533-9418 and leave a message if we aren’t open. 

BCHS Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Sunday, January 27th at 1 pm
The Ehmann Home

1480 Lincoln in Downtown Oroville

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


Sunday, January 27th Bill Sager and Wayne Wilson, co-authors of the Spillway Emergency, will be selling and signing copies of their book at the Ehmann Home from 11-12:30, immediately preceding the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.  Incorporating photos and charts, Bill and Wayne present a comprehensive history of flood control in the Oroville area as well as a chronology of the Oroville Dam spillway emergency.  

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