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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An Agricultural Centennial

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Aug 082017

Ag Extension Touring Merced County Circa: 1920’s

The Board of Directors of the Merced County Historical Society invites you to the exhibit opening of

An Agricultural Centennial:
Farm Bureau & Ag Extension

Merced County Courthouse Museum
21st and N Streets, Merced, California

Sunday, August 20, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Free Programs: 4-H Picnic, Hands-on Activities, lnfo Booths

In January 1917, Professor V. C. Bryant of UC Agricultural Extension came to Merced to talk about the benefits of forming a farm bureau. On March 7, 1917, 417 Merced County Farmers signed a petition to request the Merced County supervisors to allocate $2,000 a year for a farm adviser. This was the beginning of the UC Agricultural Extension and Farm Bureau in Merced County. As these two organizations are turning 100 this year, come to see how hand in hand education has changed the way of farming in Merced County for the last 100 years. The exhibit will run through February 26, 2018.

Museum Hours: Wed. — Sun. 1:00 — 4:00 p. m.
Disabled accessible — Eastern Entrance and Elevator

Link to: Merced County Courthouse Museum

Announcement provided by Mariposa Museum and History Center, supporting our local communities.

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