Connecting the local community and agricultural history.
Steward of the Chico Museum and the Patrick Ranch Museum
The Far West Heritage Association's Mission is to tell the history of the Far West through individual stories of ordinary people and their extraordinary experiences. Each new generation is stimulated by programs connecting local community and agricultural history to the visitors' everyday lives.
The Association, as steward of the Chico Museum and the Patrick Ranch Museum, is considered the leading cultural attraction and the definitive cultural interpretation of the area. Chico Museum and the Patrick Ranch Museum offer engaging programs, participatory activities and compelling exhibits.
Interpretation relies on techniques drawn from public, history, living history, theater, and other museums to create unique visitor experiences. The agricultural history of the Sacramento Valley is interpreted at the Patrick Ranch Museum through the lens of social and cultural history, while the Chico Museum interprets the rich and diverse history of the Chico community through exhibits, lectures and interpersonal events.
Community partnerships have strengthened the Association's Mission and nutured community support with the Butte County Farm Bureau's Agribee, the Butte County Rice Growers Association, local beekeepers, California Nut Festival, Chico Rotary, Durham Rotary, Las Senoras, Beta Chapter of Omega Nu Foundation's annual barn dance, Soroptimist International of Chico, U.C. Davis Agricultural & Natural Resources Cooperative Extension, Downtown Business Association, Chico Chamber of Commerce, Rabobank, Tri Counties Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Discovery Shop and California State University, Chico.