fwot-logo Visit our new website: A Forest Without Trees  for a look at the historic tree die-off happening in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. As a historical society we felt an obligation to document what is happening in our forest. The video series, produced by Dr. John & Christine Boogaert and hosted by John R. Mount Jr. takes viewers through a variety of interviews. We speak with homeowners, politicians, scientists, foresters, and more to get their opinions and thoughts on this historic event. This project was made possible with generous donations from PG&E, SCE, and the Garabedian Foundation.

A museum without walls

“Museums ought to be the center around which educational institutions should cluster, the storehouse whence they could draw the material examples and illustrations required on the lecture table and in the classroom.” – J. Patton 1886

Why We Do It

The Central Sierra Historical Society’s purpose is to create and operate an historical society and museum for the purpose of preservation and display of the history, antiques, artifacts and historical memorabilia of the Central Sierra mountain area.

  • Ariana West I love the museum crafts and the arrowheads.Ariana West
  • Tim McConnico The PEP program’s Science and CA History activities have been a great addition to our school’s educational program. An amazing experience for students and teachers alikeFormer Pine Ridge Elementary Superintendent. Tim McConnico

Plan your trip to visit Central Sierra Historical Society


The Central Sierra Historical Society welcomes larger groups to call ahead to make arrangements for a free docent led tour of our indoor and outdoor exhibits.


The Central Sierra Historical Society and Museum promotes learning, understanding, diversity and creativity. History, math, science and more come to life through engagement with artifacts from our diverse region.

The Museum is currently CLOSED

We will reopen in April.

Cost: FREE for you, we just ask that you pay it forward so we can continue to offer free admission.

  •  artifacts 2000 Artifacts in our Collection
  • volunteer 100Volunteers
  • visitors 11000 Annual Visitors
  • exhibits Outdoor Exhibits