Museums/Exhibits/Historical Sites is a rather broad topic, but they all represent the ability to see how history is presented whether it is indoors or outdoors. The interpretation of these presentations is an important ingredient as windows to the historical world. The Native Sons of the Golden West have long been champions of this area from the parks preserved or donated, to the community support from local parlors, to the over 1200 historical markers throughout the state of California. The Historical Preservation Foundation (HPF) has picked up that baton and is continuing and expanding the message.
In one of the previous sections on California State Parks you can read about the Native Sons contribution to their well-being. Now lets looks at some of the other recipients from the HPF.
The HPF is assisting parlors with their own buildings. St Helena Parlor #53, Napa Parlor #62, Argonaut Parlor #8, and even the Hall Association of the Native Sons at the Grand Parlor building in San Francisco have received support. If the Native Sons doesn’t protect and preserve their own structures who will. The actual buildings of the Native Sons are one of the first items seen by the outside world and even the members of the Order.
Statues around the turn of 20th century were very prevalent, and the Native Sons were involved, with the aforementioned Pioneer Monument in Truckee and the Marshall Monument in Coloma. Some of you are familiar with Bear Flag Monument on the plaza in Sonoma or the Doughboy Monument in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
The HPF has sponsored the “Go For Broke, 442 Combat Regimental Team” for World War II which was an all Japanese unit. It is located in Roseville and its unveiling was attended by over 300 people, including some of the living members of that team. The HPF teamed with Sonoma Parlor and other groups to finance the statue of General Vallejo sitting on a park bench in the Plaza in Sonoma. Next time you are in Sonoma have your picture taken with General Vallejo. In Placer County to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Chinese Railroad Workers Historical Memorial Monument has been completed and currently is on display in the California Railroad Museum in Sacramento. It is waiting for a home either in Colfax or Gold Run farther up Interstate 80. This statue represents the 15,000 Chinese who worked on the Railroad.
Museums and Exhibits supported by the HPF are numerous and they will be listed below:
- Angles Camp Museum and Carriage House, Angels Camp
- Miners Bend Park, Sutter Creek
- Gold Country Museum, Auburn
- Buffalo Paddock Signage, San Francisco – Golden Gate Park
- San Gabriel Museum, San Gabriel
- Solano History Exploration, Center, Suisun City
- Placerita Canyon Nature Center, Newhall
- Castle Air Museum, Atwater
- Glendora Historical Society, Glendora
- Historical Society of Pomona Valley, Pomona
- Kennedy Tailing Wheels Park, Jackson
- Miller Red Barn, Gilroy
- Chew Kee Museum, Fiddletown
- Kennedy Mine Foundation, Jackson
As you see this is a varied and diverse list representing worthwhile organizations and projects from many corners of California and it is growing. The Historical Preservation Foundation of the Native Sons of the Golden West fills in a special niche of California historical societies but would not be able to continue to fund these projects like this without your support. Please donate to help the HPF continue with its mission.