Anderson Historical Society and Museum

Anderson Historical Society and Museum Located in Anderson, California; The museum features artifacts, photographs, maps, books, pioneer histories, and the Stabler Civil War gun collection.
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Every year around Elias Andersons Birthday we are open and present a telling of the history behind the founding of The C...
02/16/2020

Every year around Elias Andersons Birthday we are open and present a telling of the history behind the founding of The City of Anderson, this year told by Ron Jolliff, our Historian etraordinaire, a very intriguing story. 30 visitors signed the log book on Founders Day, 2/15/20, Mellisa Hunt the Mayor of Anderson and Les BaughCounty supervisor too! If you missed "the talk" you can read it on our website andersonhistorical.com under resources find newsletters, find the story you want to read and left click on the month then all stories scroll up.

Every year around Elias Andersons Birthday we are open and present a telling of the history behind the founding of The City of Anderson, this year told by Ron Jolliff, our Historian etraordinaire, a very intriguing story. 30 visitors signed the log book on Founders Day, 2/15/20, Mellisa Hunt the Mayor of Anderson and Les BaughCounty supervisor too! If you missed "the talk" you can read it on our website andersonhistorical.com under resources find newsletters, find the story you want to read and left click on the month then all stories scroll up.

02/13/2020

This Saturday 12 noon Ron Jolliff presents the story of the Founding of Anderson at the Museum. At todays Board meeting we elected 3 new board members, Pat Carr, Don Bloom and Randy Pricert and elected Corky Keenan President Pro Tem since Florence Erickson resigned as president. And Board approval to give lifetime membership to a book keeper, if we can find one in exchange for help with county/state/federal filings of the Society.

A year ago, 2/11/2019 this is how our museum was decorated!
02/12/2020

A year ago, 2/11/2019 this is how our museum was decorated!

Member Volunteers Betty Martinez and Dennis Forester taking advantage of the weather painting the Garage in back of the ...
02/10/2020

Member Volunteers Betty Martinez and Dennis Forester taking advantage of the weather painting the Garage in back of the Museum.
Membership welcome to our monthly Board meeting This Wednesday 2/12 10am-noon, hoping to add 2 new Board Members and elect an Interim President to July 2020 as our President Florence Erickson has moved to the Bay Area.
We are also looking for Members to serve as Docents on Tuesdays and Thursdays to guide visitors while we are open to the public 11 am-3pm.

01/18/2020

Another anonymous donation -- $15,000-- brings our dedicated Construction account to $55,000, Now 11 years into the project we hoped would be done long ago, Current estimate is $90.000 to complete, so we will pursue donations of money and/or labor to get this done. Plan B would be to build smaller to fit the account. Remember the Founders Day Celebration Feb 15th 10-3 at our Museum 2330 Ferry Street, free admission,
with our esteemed historian Ron Jolliff giving the history of Anderson which is more interesting than you might think!

Our esteemed Board Member Doug Perdue is offering pine needle basket making classes for $5, Doug says he was canoeing on...
01/17/2020

Our esteemed Board Member Doug Perdue is offering pine needle basket making classes for $5, Doug says he was canoeing on a river in Florida, saw a couple of indigenous ladies were sitting on the bank with piles of pine needles, inquired and they said they were gathering pine needles to make baskets and taught classes. Doug said two- hour long classes and he got it and has been making them since. Doug says they take time but if you are enthusiastic for it, they make very nice gifts. If you are interested please call 365-7045 and leave a message for Doug, learn to make a gift your loved ones will remember! You can also private message or comment on this post for classes. If you like local stories there are a lot on our website andersonhistorical.com

At our monthly Board Meeting yesterday Charlie Sappington dropped in to donate an old clock that belonged to the grandpa...
01/09/2020

At our monthly Board Meeting yesterday Charlie Sappington dropped in to donate an old clock that belonged to the grandparents of Phil ("Phils Produce") Also in this picture are Bob Ferrar, retired superintendent of Happy Valley Schools, Wayne Cunningham (aka Cutsy) and Betty Martinez who maintains our garden.

01/08/2020

BUGGY BARN UPDATE: In December we got an anonymous $5,000 donation bringing our construction account to $40,000, about half of our estimated cost to build the Buggy Barn to primarily house a stagecoach from Audrey Jolly, and Carriage and Freight Wagon from the Hawes Family. We could build sooner with volunteer help on all aspects of construction. The east wall of the Bathroom/workshop building will be the west wall of the Buggy Barn. Plans are approved, Project will go forward as soon as we have donated money and or labor.

Today Rich MCormick of Cottonwood donated his roofing skills to replace some wooden shingles on the Columbia One Room Sc...
01/08/2020

Today Rich MCormick of Cottonwood donated his roofing skills to replace some wooden shingles on the Columbia One Room Schoolhouse that have blown off in recent winds. Retired owner of Mac's Roofing, he also repaired Restroom gutters that were damaged in last years snow on the Bathrooms. We depend on volunteers to preserve our limited funds and insure we continue to serve all who come here so a Big Thank You Rich!

12/19/2019

Tuesday Jan 7th 11am-3pm will be our next day open to the public, special requests to open between now and then call John 949-7096,.

This is going back to May 2016. and shows the dedication to fiscal responsibility of our all volunteer staff.  We had a ...
11/23/2019

This is going back to May 2016. and shows the dedication to fiscal responsibility of our all volunteer staff. We had a sewer back up and got a several thousand dollar estimate to replace the line to the street. A root from one of the Crepe Myrtle trees had broken and grew into the orangeberg line. Members volunteered labor and purchase of materials to replace the line to the street, at no cost to The Society. Fortuntely since we did not have to go into the street there was no permit needed. Richard Erickson, Doug Perdue, Dennis Forester, and John Snider completed this job in two days without incident.

Board Member and Garden volunteer Doug Perdue makes these pine needle baskets, they are on display in the museum.  Doug ...
08/31/2019

Board Member and Garden volunteer Doug Perdue makes these pine needle baskets, they are on display in the museum. Doug says he will let one go for donation to the Museum for 40-60 dollars. He said at these prices he would earn about 50 cents an hour, they really look nice. Doug will also teach classes on making them, if interested please let us know.

08/31/2019

Well friends, we got 580 dollars in donations from our Yard Sale Fund Raiser for phase 2 of our Buggy Barn--started 10 years ago To date we have spent $45,000 on phase 1- Two Disabled accessable bathrooms and Workshop, Of the estimated $90,000 needed to complete the approved 1,000 square ft. Building to house Horse Drawn Stagecoach, freight wagon and carriage and much more, we have over $30,000 in the bank. We plan more fundraisers, grant applications and donations from anyone. Our regular hours are Monday, Thursday and first Sat of the month 11am-3pm. If you want to come down but hours don't work for you, call our office to make an appointment at 365-7045 and we can likely open for you. A reminder that we have Cottonwood/Anderson grade school and high school yearbooks to pour over, and many families histories and displays are added to regularly
. All Staff, Board Members and officers are volunteers, we have no paid staff and are happy to serve all that visit. Also andersonhistorical.com has a lot of stories and pictuers yoiu can download.

Shingletown Historical Society Museum
07/30/2019

Shingletown Historical Society Museum

Open 11-3 Tuesdays and Saturdays June to October Very good displays of Logging and other tools, items in use 100-150 years ago, Interesting early era history books for sale, Shingletownhistoricalsociety.org and facebook Shingletown Historical Museum Society. Yesterday, July 29 Jean Harp, Millie Moravec, Laurel Boeck and I delivered an old metal tree climbing device that strapped to lower leg as a gift to their logging display.

04/06/2019
New Gas Heater in the Columbia One Room  School House
04/05/2019

New Gas Heater in the Columbia One Room School House

Barbara Joyce Ulberg sent AHS this Belt Buckle her father had in 1945 in the Philippines during WWII to be included in o...
03/29/2019

Barbara Joyce Ulberg sent AHS this Belt Buckle her father had in 1945 in the Philippines during WWII to be included in our WWII display.. He was a Navy Corpsman working at the Naval Station Sangley Point Communication and Hospital Facility located in the northern part of CAVITE CITY.

Volunteer activities
01/27/2019

Volunteer activities

Anderson Historical Society and Museum
08/28/2018

Anderson Historical Society and Museum

On the east side of Cow Creek a mile or so upstream of Hawes Ranch.

05/26/2018

Anderson Museum is participating in an Ice Cream Social June 9th at the Anderson City Hall, Howard and Silver Streets, Anderson 12 p.m.-4 p.m. There will also be creative crafts and plants for sale. Other participants are Anderson Garden Club, Cottonwood Garden Club, Anderson Women's Club, Hello Dolly Club. Join us for a fun time and support our Community.

1900-1970 marble display donated by Millie Moravec a few weeks ago, well worth reminiscing over.
04/28/2018

1900-1970 marble display donated by Millie Moravec a few weeks ago, well worth reminiscing over.

Sacred Heart ParishEstablished 1949Shasta County, Shasta DeaneryWant to find out more about this and other historic buil...
03/04/2018

Sacred Heart Parish
Established 1949
Shasta County, Shasta Deanery

Want to find out more about this and other historic buildings in the Anderson area? Come see us at the AHSM Tues., Thurs, and the first Saturday of each month 11 am - 3 pm. We would love to chat about our colorful local history!

Anderson Historical Society:
2330 Ferry St.
Anderson, CA 96007

Sacred Heart Parish:
3141 St. Stephen’s Dr.
Anderson, California 96007

This article is a fun read. The historical timeline of documents is intriguing.  Take a look:
08/07/2017
History & Happenings - SHASTA COUNTY - Anderson

This article is a fun read. The historical timeline of documents is intriguing. Take a look:

Anderson was established as a railroad station town in 1872. Named for Elias Anderson of American ...

Have you visited this site?  Do you wonder what is buried here? Do you know the significance of this site? We assure you...
07/23/2017

Have you visited this site?
Do you wonder what is buried here?
Do you know the significance of this site?
We assure you, you would be intrigued.

Happy Valley. Looking down Palm Avenue, just west of Olive street, note one dead palm tree under the power lines on the ...
07/10/2017

Happy Valley. Looking down Palm Avenue, just west of Olive street, note one dead palm tree under the power lines on the right, six live Palm trees on the left. Palms were planted along both sides of the road before power lines went in. Over the years the Palms got taller and tree trimming crews killed all the palms under the lines. Further toward Oak Street the power lines cross back over to the left side of the road and again, no palms under the lines, 5 palms alive on the right.

Declaration Adoption Fun Fact:The Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. It was in...
07/03/2017
Anderson Historical Society

Declaration Adoption Fun Fact:

The Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. It was initially adopted by Congress on July 2, 1776, but then it was revised and the final version was adopted two days later. Happy 4th!

Anderson California History

The Gillespie headstone post generated interest in returning a headstone Lisa Yrigollen  found buried in a garden in Hap...
06/26/2017

The Gillespie headstone post generated interest in returning a headstone Lisa Yrigollen found buried in a garden in Happy Valley for a 1 year old named Albert Cleveland Richardson. Our esteemed member Ron Jolliff of Redding quickly identified it as belonging in the Parkville Cemetery where Alberts grandfather, Aunt and Uncle are also buried. The stone will be cleaned and replaced soon along with a more detailed story. With growing interest in geneology who knows what family members might wish to visit their ancestors. We welcome others to discover proper locations of headstones they may find.

The Hawaiian Connection in the Development of Shasta County - By Ron JolliffShasta County from its earliest days had a c...
06/24/2017
Anderson Historical Society - Blog

The Hawaiian Connection in the Development of Shasta County
- By Ron Jolliff

Shasta County from its earliest days had a connection to Hawaii in one form or another. Eight Hawaiians, including two wives, were given permission from King Kamehameha III to join John Sutter in his colonizing effort of the Sacramento River Valley.

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A place to learn about Anderson, California and Shasta County history

Anderson Historical Society and Museum is Anderson, California's source of local history.  Interesting and rare display ...
06/19/2017
Anderson Historical Society & Museum

Anderson Historical Society and Museum is Anderson, California's source of local history. Interesting and rare display items, historical relics, and great research documents. Sort through old photos, see our drought tolerant garden, or sit and chat with local historians. There is a plethora of knowledge gathered in one unique destination. We hope to see you here!

501(c)3 EIN #68-0042264

GILLESPIE is the name on this quarried stone.  It was anonymously donated to AHS, and member Ron Jolliff did the researc...
06/17/2017

GILLESPIE is the name on this quarried stone. It was anonymously donated to AHS, and member Ron Jolliff did the research to discover it is from a Redding Cemetery, and will be repatriated soon. More details should be in a story in the Redding Record Searchlight this weekend.

The Clough Lime Kiln by: Ron JolliffIf you have ever wondered what the structure across from the salmon viewing area on ...
05/30/2017
​Clough Lime Kiln -- By: Ron Jolliff

The Clough Lime Kiln
by: Ron Jolliff

If you have ever wondered what the structure across from the salmon viewing area on Clear Creek had been, Ron Jolliff's research tells the story of the Clough Lime Kiln. Scroll through the photos below, and click the link to read about the history of this domed lime kiln.

#Shasta #California #History

We would like to invite you to read some new posts in our blog.  There is a ton of great Shasta County information.  We ...
05/17/2017
Blog

We would like to invite you to read some new posts in our blog. There is a ton of great Shasta County information.

We hope to see you at the museum!

Anderson Historical Society & Museum

Why did Theodore leave Germany? Why was he poor? Who helped him in Anderson? If any of the readers have any information ...
05/10/2017
Theodore Von Moltke By: Ron Jolliff

Why did Theodore leave Germany? Why was he poor? Who helped him in Anderson? If any of the readers have any information that will help us close this story please send an email.

The following article was published in the San Jose Mercury Newspaper on May 16, 1915: ANDERSON, May 15 – Theodore von Moltke, first cousin of Count von Moltke, German general at the beginning of...

The Hawaiian Connection in the Development of Shasta CountyBy: Ron Jolliff'While the Hawaiian connection was active in A...
04/26/2017
The Hawaiian Connection in the Development of Shasta County

The Hawaiian Connection in the Development of Shasta County
By: Ron Jolliff

'While the Hawaiian connection was active in Anderson they interested others in developing the community and they were active in the infrastructure to make the town and their investments a success.'

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​By: Ron Jolliff

A very special thank you to Ron Jolliff for your help on our newsletter!  Your research for Anderson, Ca has been an eye...
04/26/2017
Anderson Historical Society & Museum

A very special thank you to Ron Jolliff for your help on our newsletter! Your research for Anderson, Ca has been an eye opener. We will soon have his writings/research on our website blog:

501(c)3 EIN #68-0042264

In 1848, shortly after the discovery of gold at Coloma, Major Pierson B. Reading found gold west of his Rancho on Clear ...
04/05/2017

In 1848, shortly after the discovery of gold at Coloma, Major Pierson B. Reading found gold west of his Rancho on Clear Creek. With native labor, he took out gold by the bucketful. These Clear Creek diggings attracted miners by the hundreds; merchants and settlers soon followed.

Photo: ECV

The town of Anderson was created in 1872 by the Central Pacific Railroad as it built northward from Sacramento to Oregon...
03/23/2017
Anderson Historical Society & Museum

The town of Anderson was created in 1872 by the Central Pacific Railroad as it built northward from Sacramento to Oregon. It was named for pioneer settler Elias Anderson, who granted the railroad company free right-of-way through his American Ranch. The railroad depot, with town lots around it, was located in the half-mile between the ranches of Elias Anderson and Elmus Nicholas.

Want to learn more history about our area?!
Click the link, or better yet, come in to see us.

Everyday is a #TBT at the museum!

501(c)3 EIN #68-0042264

Learn some interesting facts about Anderson, California!!Visit us at the museum at 2330 Ferry St.Hope to see you here!
03/07/2017
The History of Anderson, California Pt. I

Learn some interesting facts about Anderson, California!!

Visit us at the museum at 2330 Ferry St.
Hope to see you here!

The town of Anderson was created in 1872 by the Central Pacific Railroad as it built northward from Sacramento to Oregon. It was named for pioneer settler Elias Anderson, who granted the...

The Anderson Historical Society and Museum has a great staff that can help you to find historic photos, search through r...
03/06/2017
Anderson Historical Society & Museum

The Anderson Historical Society and Museum has a great staff that can help you to find historic photos, search through records and documents, and has a great collection of yearbooks. We have rotating displays of relics and historic items. We are open Tues., and Thurs., and the first Sat. of each month. 11 am - 3 pm, but you can call and make an appointment for off hour research.

#Anderson #California #History -- 530.365.7045

501(c)3 EIN #68-0042264

The first gold discovery site in Shasta County was made by Pierson B. Reading in 1848 on a bar on Clear Creek. By the ne...
02/15/2017

The first gold discovery site in Shasta County was made by Pierson B. Reading in 1848 on a bar on Clear Creek. By the next year, the rush was in full swing in Shasta County. The area around the discovery site filled with miners trying to find gold and strike it rich. This marker is alongside Clear Creek Road near the discovery site.

02/11/2017

We have all West Valley and Anderson High School yearbooks, most Cottonwood and Anderson Elementary school yearbooks since the 60's, call the museum and leave a message 365-7045 for an appointment to see if our regular hours don't work for you.

Harrison Gulch miners posed at the Midas Gold Hill hoist.(about 1898)
01/28/2017

Harrison Gulch miners posed at the Midas Gold Hill hoist.
(about 1898)

The first known gold discovery in Shasta County was made by Pierson B. Reading in 1848 at Clear Creek.  The area was soo...
01/23/2017

The first known gold discovery in Shasta County was made by Pierson B. Reading in 1848 at Clear Creek. The area was soon settled, and One Horse Town (Horsetown) was formed.

Pictured:
Frank Moravec & friend mining for gold at Spring Gulch in Happy Valley made from $5.00 to $7.00 per day when they 'hit a pay streak' (CA 1935)

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 120Placed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperat...
01/09/2017

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 120

Placed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Shasta Historical Society, Hollis Moss Historical Fund, and the Trinitarianus Chapter #62, E. Clampus Vitus, May 15, 1999

Reading:
Here in 1850 “Doc” Baker established a stopping place for emigrants on the Lassen and Noble Trails. George and Anna Maria Dersch took up a homestead on the land in 1861. A history of troubled relations between Indians and settlers led to an Indian raid on the ranch in 1866 in which Mrs. Dersch was killed. A posse was formed and killed most of the Indians at their Dye Creek Camp.

Photo: Bill Beaver -- #Anderson #California #History

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2330 Ferry St
Anderson, CA
96007

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(530) 365-7045

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Thanks for inviting me John