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About Us


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. A new generation is stimulated by programs connecting local community and agriculture history to the visitor’s 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.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of the following individuals who are volunteering their time and expertise to help guide the organization:

  • Tad Alexander (Management)
  • Susan Donohue (Co. Dir, UC Coop. Ext.)
  • Jan Holman (Farming, Education)
  • Yvonne Koehnen (Beekeeping)
  • Hugh Mattingly (Banking)
  • Paul Moore (Organizationl Mgmt.)
  • Jack Thorpe (Business Owner)
  • Nancy Brayton (Ag, Finance)
  • Steven Heithecker (Finance)
  • Phillip Price (Law)
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    Whether supported through an outright gift or planned gift, FWHA’s programs are made possible through the generosity of our donors.