Mission & History
The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County shares local stories to strengthen community bonds, to inspire celebration of our diverse cultural heritage, and to demonstrate how understanding the past prepares us for the future.
A bit of history
The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County tells the story of Sutter County, from the Native Americans who lived here pre-contact to the present. This is done through a combination of exhibits both permanent and temporary, and public programs. Permanent exhibits include the Maidu-Nisenan people, John Sutter, the history of agriculture in the area, and our multi-cultural wing, which tells the stories of the significant minority communities in Sutter County.
The Museum was constructed with funds from Howard and Norma Harter, the Sutter County Historical Society, and other private donors. It was presented to the Sutter County Board of Supervisors as a gift to the community in 1975. Since then, it has been expanded multiple times, all through the generosity of private donors.
The Museum is a partnership between Sutter County and the Museum Commission, a 501(c)(3) organization.
Ettl Hall & Rose Garden
Ettl Hall was built, through the generosity of Meridian native Dorothy Ettl, to be a meeting and program space for the Museum. The Hall is also available for use by the public. The rental of Ettl Hall is managed by the General Services department of Sutter County. To learn more, visit suttercounty.org or call 530.822.7473.
Rates, occupancy, usage restrictions etc. are all available on the website linked to above. Amenities include a full commercial kitchen, a fenced outdoor patio (made possible by the Schnabel and Dean families), and tables and chairs.
The William Conkey Memorial Rose Garden behind the Museum is also available for public use. While there is no charge to use the Rose Garden, the County requests that you do reserve your date to avoid any schedule conflicts. Please contact the General Services department of Sutter County at 530.822.7473 to reserve the Rose Garden.
The Rose Garden is cared for by the Sutter Buttes Garden Club.
Jessica Hougen Museum Director/Curator
Sharyl Simmons Assistant Curator
Sally Howard Museum Aide
Leah Madsen Museum Aide
Janie Payne Museum Aide