You can help restore what fire destroyed.

In September 2020, the Creek Fire raged through many mountain communities including the area surrounding Shaver Lake and Huntington Lake. In its wake, forested mountains were burned to charcoal sticks and many historic landmarks were decimated. The collective hope that our mountain communities will thrive for future generations has not been burnt by the Creek Fire. If anything, our hope has intensified. 

To empower our hope to become a reality, the Central Sierra Historical Society has established the Central Sierra Resiliency Fund to ensure that resources will be available to support future, collaborative efforts to respond to the most pressing needs.

In launching this effort, local community members and concerned professionals have collaborated to create a Resiliency Council to administer the restricted fund and determine funding recipients. We look forward to partnering with other local, state, and national organizations to ensure resources to empower the mountain community to get people living, working, and recreating on the mountain again.

Your donation of any size will help make that hope a reality. We invite you to learn more about the Central Sierra Resiliency Fund and give to restore what fire destroyed.

Contact us at to see how you might help foster a sense of “Central Sierra Resiliency” in our broader community.

Check donations may be written to the Central Sierra Resiliency Fund and mailed to:

Central Sierra Resiliency Fund
P.O. Box 617
Shaver Lake, CA 93664

Visit our sister website A Forest Without Trees  for a look at the historic tree die-off happening in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. As an historical society we felt an obligation to document what is happening in our forest. This 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

Our purpose is to operate an historical society and museum which will preserve and display stories, artifacts and memorabilia of the Central Sierra Nevada.
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 alike

Former Pine Ridge Elementary Superintendent. Tim McConnico

Sounds of the Central Sierra

Available for download FREE on Apple and Android devices
Experience the Musuem like never before!
This FREE app includes photos, interviews, live demonstrations of exhibits and more!
This was made possible from a grant from the Central valley Community Foundation and donations from our Annual June Dinner in 2016.

Plan your trip to visit Central Sierra Historical Society

Available for download FREE on Apple and Android devices
Experience the Musuem like never before!
This FREE app includes photos, interviews, live demonstrations of exhibits and more!


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

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