Welcome to the Mariposa Museum and History Center

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Feb 202011

The Town of Mariposa – A Short History by Tom Phillips

The Mariposa area was said to have been named by a Spanish Priest under the direction of explorer, Gabriel Moraga. Moraga was the leader of a 25-man troop that explored central California in 1806. When he and his expedition came upon a creek laced with thousands of yellow butterflies, they named the area “Mariposa” which was the Spanish word for butterfly.

The Mariposa town site area was first the home to the Southern Miwok Indians. They have lived in the Central California area for untold generations before any Europeans arrived in the Americas.

Juan B. Alvarado Mexican governor of California (1836-1842,) was awarded the “Las Mariposas Grant”. The “Las Mariposas Grant” was a “floating” grant which meant that it had no fixed boundaries. It was ten square leagues (approx. 44,400 acres) located generally on the Mariposa Creek between the San Joaquin, Chowchilla, and Merced rivers and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Motto Contest.

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Nov 272016

Mariposa Museum and History Center Motto Contest

The Mariposa Museum and History Center’s Board of Directors would like to announce a contest to find a NEW MUSEUM MOTTO! As we are a community minded organization, we believe that the community should have a part in deciding what that new motto should be.
In formulating a phrase that best describes us, we ask that you consider the following:

The mission of our institution is to discover, protect, collect, and exhibit material objects that best illustrate the culture and history of Mariposa County. Our goals are to facilitate our mission through the development and growth of our collection with the purpose of interpreting and educating the public about Mariposa’s place in history.

We believe that our archival records are among the richest in the State of California. As the volume of our collection continues to grow, so does our responsibility to preserve it for future generations. We have been called “The best little museum of its size West of the Mississippi!”

The parameters of the competition are as follows:
1) The motto must be in the form of a phrase of no more than 10 words
2) It should summarize the general motivation or intention of our organization.
3) It must be in good taste.
4) It may be motivational, philosophical, humorous, or thought provoking.
5) Submissions must be from Mariposa County residents or Museum Members.

The contest will start on January 1st, 2017. The winner will be announced on Saturday, May 6th, the day of our annual open house. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate for a shopping spree in our gift shop and a framed historical photograph.

Submissions may be submitted via postal service, email, or may be personally delivered to the Museum at the address below. Please be sure to include your name and phone number.

Mariposa Museum and History Center
5119 Jessie Street
PO Box 606
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209) 966-2924

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