Spotlight on area’s history for Yuba-Sutter’s Museum Day

January 23, 2018

A new location with stories about the area, its treasures and history has joined in Yuba-Sutter’s Museum Day this year, expanding what people can learn about where they live.

The Wheatland History Museum, the newest museum in the area, is joining with museums in Marysville, Yuba City and Linda on Feb. 3 to highlight the communities in an event celebrated throughout the country and internationally to bring awareness to the importance of museums.

Local museums were happily overwhelmed by the number of visitors last year, who included local school students, said event coordinator Judy Mann. “They didn’t know it was going to be that big.”

This is the third time in four years that local museums are taking part in Museum Day, an event celebrated at various times throughout the year.

Sacramento is also celebrating Museum Day Feb. 3. International Museum Day is May 18.

The five local museums taking part are:

Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County – Noon-4 p.m. at 1333 Butte House Road, Yuba City. Its permanent exhibits include the Maidu-Nisenan people, John Sutter, the history of agriculture in the area and a multicultural wing. The current temporary exhibit features tattooed women in California’s history.

Chinese Museum of Northern California – 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at 232 First St., Marysville. The museum highlights the role of Chinese Americans in the development of modern Chinese history. It is housed in an original Gold Rush building built in 1858 in the city’s Chinatown.

Mary Aaron Museum – 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at 704 D St., Marysville. The former family home, built in 1855, has collections from vintage instruments, to clothing to books; historical photos from Marysville and the surrounding community; and records including precinct registers, tax records and marriage certificates from the 1840s.

Museum of the Forgotten Warriors – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 5865 A Road, just off North Beale Road, Linda. Its collections, from uniforms, to personal displays to pictures and art, include about 50,000 items from wars generations ago to current military maneuvers.

Wheatland History Museum – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 111 Main St. featuring displays about agriculture, business, schools, military, and pre-Wheatland artifacts in the building known as the “Little Red Schoolhouse.”

Admission is free at all the Yuba-Sutter museums, with donations accepted at all the sites.

In Sacramento, 26 museums and destinations are participating Feb. 3, offering free or half-priced admission. Visit Sacmuseums.org/news-events/museum-day for more information.