Beyond the river stretches the interminable prairie, where the fields of harvested wheat lie wrapped in slumber; . . . . The light stealing upon the broad shadows, first touches the tops of the prairie wagons. . . . Then, making more and more progress, it shines. . . and at last, in full glory of splendor, brings out the yellow of the cultivated fields and the course brown of the sandy soil.

~ Picturesque America, 1872

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Founded in 1919 by Valley pioneers and children of pioneer families, the Fresno Historical Society has a passion for preserving California’s Central Valley history. We recognize what is remarkable about one of the five most fertile valleys in...
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Most of what the Fresno Historical Society does is connected with Valley stories -  locating them, piecing them together, preserving them, and sharing them.  Why? First, we have a passion for California’s Central Valley and its story....