Incorporated May 21, 1956
Since 1956 the Solano County Historical Society has been active in the preservation of our local heritage.
Have you heard the story of the 1932 Vacaville Pruners Strike? Enjoy this Solano Story, a joint project of the Solano County Library and Vacaville Heritage Council to share local history...
This Labor Day, learn about a 1932 labor strike in Vacaville that turned violent. Special thanks to the Vacaville Heritage Council and the Vacaville Museum for providing the information and support to make this video possible. Also, thank you to Sonoma Springs Brewing Co. for allowing us to film on location at the old Carnegie Library.
Do you know who purchased these family heirlooms? If so please help. Thanks!
Would be a fun project to do today.
In 1856, a 17-year-old girl from Rhode Island embarked an a unique and brilliant project. She gathered autographed pieces of silk from hundreds of celebrities (including such luminaries as Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Abraham Lincoln) and incorporated them into a wonderful trompe l'oeil tumbling block design quilt. More on the stunning work here: https://buff.ly/2t6G6v9
(Pictured here: a detail featuring Lincoln's contribution in the centre.)
Link to column in Vallejo Times-Herald:
Discover the wonder of home movies...
Because of the disruption to the world that COVID-19 has caused, in 2020 Home Movie Day will also include an online component in addition to …
Trivia: Do you know what this once was? Answer will be posted tomorrow #thisplacemattered #solanohistory @ Green Valley, Solano County, California
How many of you remember this now gone landmark?
Images and brief information about the former Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge and Restaurant in Los Angeles at the Airport or Culver City location which was converted into a 4 Points by Sheraton.
General Vallejo Couch Potato Fun Run organized by Suzanne Harrington -Cole
General Vallejo Couch Potato Fun Run General Vallejo didn’t believe in … Suzanne Harrington -Cole needs your support for General Vallejo Couch Potato Fun Run
History can only be saved when it is shared. What a wonderful gift for the community!
The Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum has always had its share of information and items on the Port Chicago disaster. That collection just got a lot bigger. Thanks to the generosity of Daryl Meek…
Share your story...
Through the misery of COVID-19, there’s always a chance a famous actor can emerge. Hey, it happened once, pointed out Jim Kern, executive director at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. …
Solano History Exploration Center
Answer: In 1906 the Suisun Train Depot burned down. As a temporary measure, several boxcars were placed together with siding and used as the depot until the current Suisun Train Depot was completed. This is that ‘temporary’ structure.
Any guesses before we tell the history of this structure? #solanohistory #suisuncity #thisplacematters #everyplacehasastory #shec #solanohistoryexplorationcenter
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
Our Museum Gift shop is open for curbside pickup!
During this historic pandemic, The Museum has remained closed to the public. However, our staff and volunteers have been working behind the scenes to be ready to safely reopen our doors. Now, while we await the opportunity to welcome visitors again, we’d like to invite you to browse our virtual bookstore online. If you are local and would like to save on shipping fees, please call us at (707) 643-0077 to arrange a pickup at 734 Marin Street in Downtown Vallejo, during our normal business hours.
Snapshots of the past...
Treasures from the past. These items were found or are from Suisun businesses from the past. #shec #treasuresfromthepast #suisuncity #solanohitory #historymatters #historyisfun @ Suisun City, California
You may not be able to visit in person, but you can still learn all about local history by following their social media and visiting their website. Vacaville Heritage Council has a wealth of information.
In accordance with the State of California COVID-19 provisions announced today, our reopening at Old Town Hall is postponed indefinitely. However, research requests can be sent via email at [email protected]. For updates and to keep in touch, follow us on social media or visit our website. Stay safe and thank you for all of your support. #covid19 #oldtownhall #vacavilleheritagecouncil #vhc
Birthdays, anniversaries, or just because...the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum has you covered for gifts. It’s good for you and good for them!
Our Museum Gift shop is open for curbside pickup!
During this historic pandemic, The Museum has remained closed to the public. However, our staff and volunteers have been working behind the scenes to be ready to safely reopen our doors soon. Unfortunately, those plans were recently put on hold by changes at the County level. Now, while we await the opportunity to welcome visitors again, we’d like to invite you to browse our virtual bookstore online. If you are local and would like to save on shipping fees, please call us at (707) 643-0077 to arrange a pickup at 734 Marin Street in Downtown Vallejo, during our normal business hours.
Welcome to Facebook Solano History Exploration Center! Our community is lucky to have you in the neighborhood. We encourage everyone to like your page.
Check SHEC out! You can't visit us at our location due to COVID-19, but now we can share our love of history with you through our new FB page. Please share.
A good resource of helpful information for Solano County’s historic downtowns as they face challenges from COVID-19.
Happy Birthday to the Zip Code!
On July 1, 1963, we launched the ZIP code! Today, we zip around nearly 42,000 ZIP codes across the country. Do you know what ZIP stands for?
This makes us happy! Brazelton Ranch is a wonderful legacy of history.
In spite of all that we are going through we hope there are things to look forward to like the first apricot or peach of the season. Solano Land Trust and the Brazelton Family have partnered to preserve the Brazelton Ranch forever. This beautiful family owned and family farmed property will continue in agriculture uses forever. Nothing will change. The family will own it, the peaches will grow and the cattle will graze. The view will be just as it is with no future development. Keep an eye out for updates on the fruit stand at Brazelton Ranch. I know we are all looking forward to enjoying fresh local apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines and much more this summer and fall!!
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
When Hogan High School closed down, Maria Guevara showed up at the Museum's back door with literally a truck load of memorabilia from the school - everything from photographs and student essays to sports trophies and band instruments. She didn't ask first if we needed it, she just knew that rescuing it was the right thing to do. Rest in Peace Maria.
NEW WEBINAR: 24 Reasons Historic Preservation is Good for Your Community! May 13, 2pm EST. Register here: tinyurl.com/24reasonswebinar Historic preservation is under attack in many cities in the US. The motivations of the critics vary, from the ideological to anti-regulatory zealotry to the mistaken to the simply greedy. Over the last five years PlaceEconomics has done analyses of the impacts of historic preservation in nearly a dozen cities of all sizes throughout the United States. We’ve looked at the numbers, spoken to the communities, and seen for ourselves–historic preservation is good for communities. From that research we’ve assembled the many reasons why historic preservation is good for your city. Join us to learn 24 different advocacy arguments for the positive impacts of historic preservation. #historicpreservation
National History Day California
An important resource for preservationists, planning departments, and local history advocates.
The Society for California Archaeology announces the publication of new CEQA Guidance documents regarding the evaluation and review of cultural resources in the CEQA process. A new CEQA brochure includes links to the new documents and information about the CEQA process. Access all of the publications on the SCA Guidance Documents webpage: https://scahome.org/professional-guidance-documents/
Good information to know...
Mind the "gap" on those fabric face masks (literally the last sentence of the article):
I love being able to use my undergraduate/graduate work!
Something to look forward to that supports local history.
The 2020 Vallejo Garden Tour has a NEW DATE! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, September 20 from 10:00 to 5:00. Visit eight of Vallejo’s most beautiful gardens on the annual Tour, which is a major fundraiser for the Museum.
This year’s Tour features a wide range of garden styles, including two gardens on Mare Island and another low-water design featuring apple and fruit cocktail trees, a raised-bed vegetable garden, and a welcoming habitat for butterflies and honey bees. There will be gardens for all tastes – large or small, traditional or exotic!
Garden vendors, a plant sale, information booths, and displays will be featured all day on Marin Street in downtown Vallejo, in front of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Solano County Master Gardeners also will be on hand to answer your questions.
Tickets for the Vallejo Garden Tour are $40. Purchase tickets before August 29 and get three tickets for the price of two. Tickets are available after June 15 at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum - 734 Marin Street and at Visit Vallejo! (Vallejo Convention and Visitors Bureau) at the Vallejo Ferry Terminal - 289 Mare Island Way. For more information call 707-643-0077 or visit www.vallejomuseum.org
National Park Service
Recreate safely and responsibly! Avoid high-risk outdoor activities, practice social distancing, stay in your local area and follow leave no trace principles. If you do head out, follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases: maintain a distance of at least six feet from others, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and stay home if you feel sick.
Check with your local national park for the latest information on service and operations available. Updates about the NPS response to the coronavirus will be posted at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.
Connect with national parks online through digital opportunities and activities to do in your own home. To learn more, visit https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/find-your-virtual-park.htm
A great resource for researchers, preservationists, and anyone who loves history.
The California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) is pleased to announce the launch of the Built Environment Resource Directory (BERD): https://ohp.parks.ca.gov/berd.
The BERD is an online data source, which lists California properties by county, and provides information regarding cultural, non-archaeological resources that have been processed through the OHP. Information in the BERD will be useful for state and federal agencies, local governments, tribal communities, cultural resource professionals, and the public by allowing them to quickly and easily identify properties and ascertain if they have been evaluated as significant by the OHP.
“It has long been the intent to make non-confidential information within the State’s inventory readily available to the public. I am pleased to be making progress in that effort with the release of the Built Environment Resources Directory,” says State Historic Preservation Officer Julianne Polanco.
Image: Bidwell Mansion, Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park, Chico, CA. Photo courtesy of California State Parks.
Visit Fairfield, California
A little moment of zen featuring a past Western Railway Museum spring train rolling through green fields.
California Office of Historic Preservation
Important Update from the OHP
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
Although the Museum remains closed for now, our mission of collecting Vallejo’s history continues. The Covid-19 outbreak is a challenge for our community and for our nation. Unique personal stories will emerge about Vallejo's response to the pandemic. What’s your story? Share your photos and stories of this unique event here, or via email to the Museum at [email protected]. Stay safe and well.
A fun find we came across on the Internet while researching Asa Crocker from Suisun. Not sure who posted it - but grateful someone saved it.
Vacaville Heritage Council
Adventure awaits! While the community is in Shelter at Home, we have online resources at vacavilleheritagecouncil.org for you to enjoy the rich history of Solano County from the comfort of home. #vacavilleheritagecouncil #solanohistory #oldtownhall #thisplacematters #adventureawaits
Brendan Riley’s Solano Chronicles: Solano County’s Japanese Sent to Internment Camps in WWII
The California Assembly formally apologized on Feb. 20 for helping the U.S. government imprison West-Coast Japanese Americans in internment camps during World War II. Those sent to the remote camps…
Physical Address: Vacaville Heritage Council, 618 East Main Street, Vacaville, California 95688 Hours of Operation: Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or by appointment
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