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The mission of CSHS is to enrich the cultural and educational experiences of visitors to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, by deepening their understanding of the human and natural history of this area. CSHS hopes to inspire future generations by bringing to life the challenges and achievements of the people who lived here.
The Central Sierra Historical Society and Museum, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) public benefit corporation. CSHS was founded in 1991, but its roots date back to the early 1980’s, when a group of individuals in the central Sierra recognized the need for an organized effort to preserve the fast-disappearing history of the area. In addition to the museum building, CSHS is actively preserving local historical treasures, such as a 1902 Dolbeer Steam Donkey, a 1912 caboose from the SJ&E Railroad, a 1920 Mack Truck, the Pine Logging Camp, and collecting the oral histories of area pioneers. The "Museum Without Walls" series of lectures, field trips, and social events have helped to build educational programs. There is a demonstration only powerhouse on the grounds that was dedicated in 2013. This is the only running powerhouse in a museum setting throughout the whole world. The gift shop at the museum provides adults’ and children’s’ books on California history, Native American culture, pioneer lives, natural history, wildlife, environmental issues facing the West, and recreational activities in the Sierra.