Exhibits

Current

100 Years - The Sutter County Library

May 27th through August 20th

Sutter County Library Exhibit Panel

Come help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Sutter County Library! This exhibit celebrates not only the history and successes of the library, but also the work they are doing to prepare for the future. There is a reading nook, and an interactive component to the exhibit. Please come join us and share your library story! This exhibit serves as the kick-off for the celebration of the library’s anniversary. James Ochsner, Director of Library Services, is planning multiple events for October, when the actual anniversary falls. Keep an eye out for further information coming soon!

Upcoming

The Sutter Buttes Calendar Exhibit

August 25th through September 4th

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The calendar is an annual publication and fundraiser of the Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust. This exhibit celebrates and shares the work of photographers chosen for inclusion in the 2018 Sutter Buttes Calendar.

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The History of Hunting in Yuba-Sutter
5th Annual Art Exhibit

September 9th through November 12th

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Our fifth annual fall art exhibit will share the rich history of hunting and fishing in Yuba-Sutter.

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Past

2017

Yuba City High School Art Exhibit

This exhibit showcases artwork created by students at Yuba City High School. Featuring students from every art class, this is always a fun exhibit!

River Valley High School Art Exhibit

This exhibit showcases artwork created by students at River Valley High School. Featuring works from a variety of mediums, it is always a treat to see what these talented students have been creating!

The Scholastic Art Awards

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized talented youth from around the country. The Community Memorial Museum is proud to be hosting the Scholastic Art Awards for 7 counties in Northern California. Students who earn the top level of award in the regional competition automatically move up into the national competition.

Gold Fever! Untold Stories of the California Gold Rush

From staggering success to unmitigated disaster, Gold Fever! spotlights the remarkable stories of individual Californios, women, Native Americans, adventurers and gold seekers who emigrated from all parts of the world during the tumultuous and colorful Gold Rush era.

2016

The National Park Service: 100 Years of Heritage

National Parks loom large in our collective identity, particularly here in California. Yosemite was first protected in 1864. This was the first time that land was set aside specifically for preservation and public use in the USA, and set the precedent for the establishment of the first National Park, Yellowstone, in 1872. Yosemite became a National Park on October 1, 1890. Since then the list has grown to include 27 National Parks in California alone.

Sacrament: Homage to a River

In Sacrament: Homage to a River, Geoff Fricker's atmospheric photographs reveal the geology, history, and ecology of the Sacramento River, from salmon runs and weekend events to dam infrastructure and abandoned mining sites. In dreamlike black and white, the river takes on mythic proportions, both within its wild eco-systems and alongside its human-made influences.

Art of Survival

The Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake is a traveling exhibition probing the complexity of the Japanese American confinement site in Newell, California. Tule Lake became the only officially designated segregation center during WWII. Ruled under martial law, it was the most controversial of all the Camps.

2015

Flooded Art

In times of drought like we are now experiencing, our relationship with water is equally intense. Nature is cyclical, and, as living beings of the earth, we are also moving and changing, experiencing our own disasters and enduring and recovering. This exhibit celebrates the triumph of the human spirit over the ebbs and flows of life.

I Want the Wide American Earth

In the first exhibit of its kind, the Smithsonian Institute celebrates Asian Pacific American history across a multitude of diverse cultures and explores how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation’s history. This exhibit illuminates the immigration history of many of the cultures that make up our very diverse community including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islanders, Filipinos and East Indian immigrants. Rich with compelling stories and images, the exhibition takes a sweeping look at this history, from the very first Asian immigrants centuries ago to the complex challenges facing Asian Pacific American communities today. The Community Memorial Museum is delighted to bring this unique exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American Center to the Yuba-Sutter area.

Journey Stories

The Journey Stories exhibit examines America’s mobility and innate love of adventure and travel, extending from stories of coming to America, to how transportation and migration helped build our nation, how it changed our country and how our mobile world looked to travelers along the way. Throughout our history, Americans have claimed their freedom by asserting their mobility.

Prisoners of War Art

In 1944 a Prisoner of War camp opened at Camp Beale, and about 1,000 German prisoners were held there. A tall barbed-wire fence enclosed 17 barracks, four mess halls, a canteen, six storehouses, and a chapel. Two guard towers watched over the compound.

2014

Our Good Earth: Art and Ag in the Valley

Thirteen Sacramento Valley artists come together to share their visions of the richness of our land and the agriculture that sustains us all. A variety of mediums are represented in portraying the spectrum of agricultural and natural images of our fertile valley.

The Remarkable Photography Collection of Clyde Taylor

This exhibit includes nearly one hundred images that were chosen from among 600 photos belonging to the Museum’s Clyde Taylor photograph collection.

Permanent

Sutter Buttes

The ethnology, geology and history of the Sutter Buttes are included in this exhibit, as well as creation myths of the Maidu people and folklore from European settlers that all feature the Buttes. Called Histum Yani (Middle Mountains) by the Maidu, who held them sacred, the Buttes are volcanic in origin. Owned almost entirely by ranchers, until the 1960s the Buttes were fairly accessible to the public. However, a series of arson incidents led to increased security of private property. Today, an organization called Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes works with property owners to allow the public to experience the Sutter Buttes.

Nisenan Maidu

Three Maidu Baskets

The Nisenan Maidu were a religious people who believed in goodness and wisdom, as characterized by the Creator and Evil, in the form of mischievous Coyote. Hunters and gatherers, our exhibit explores their history, and showcases artifacts such as baskets, tools, exchange currencies and mortar and pestle used to prepare acorns, one of their primary food sources.

John Sutter

John Sutter, a Swiss immigrant, first began using land between the Sacramento and Feather Rivers for agriculture in 1841, between present-day Nicolaus and Yuba City. This farm, Hock Farm, was the first large-scale agricultural effort in what would become Sutter County.

Agriculture

Agricultural Wing

The largest industry in the Sacramento Valley has always been agriculture. In the 1850s and 60s, wheat was the primary crop. In the 1880s, this shifted to peaches, which remained predominant until the 1920s. Sheep and cattle ranching were also widespread in the late 1800s. In 1908, rice replaced wheat as a staple crop in the Valley. Cherries, figs and walnuts were also popular. Many agricultural innovations took place in Sutter County, including the development of the Thompson Seedless Grape in 1872, Proper Wheat in 1868, and the Phillips Cling Peach in 1888. Supporting businesses, such as canneries, were an integral part of this industry.

Multi-Cultural Gallery

This gallery was created to tell the history and stories of our area's diverse peoples. It includes exhibits on the Hmong-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Punjabi-Americans, Chinese-Americans, and Mexican-Americans.