What does the Folsom Historical Society collect? 

Our collection is closely tied to our mission as an institution - preserving, sharing, and interpreting the unique history of Folsom. Our collection of archives and artifacts help us do just that, both in helping researchers or being featured in our museum exhibit spaces. Although much of our collection is linked with the history of Folsom, our broader collecting areas are: 

  • 19th and early 20th century quilts

  • 19th and early 20th century menswear, womenswear, and children's clothing

  • Native American peoples of Northern California and the Sacramento Valley

  • California Gold Rush

  • Railroads in the American West 

  • Pony Express

  • Chinese, Portuguese, and other immigrant communities of Folsom and the eastern Sacramento Valley

  • Early 20th century agriculture and viticulture in California

  • Mining in the Sacramento Valley

Does the Folsom Historical Society take donations? 

Yes. However, our space is limited so we can only accept items with a direct connection to Folsom. Please download, fill out and submit a donation form, available here. Donations cannot be accepted without a completed form. Please contact collections@folsomhistoricalsociety.org with any questions. 

What does the Folsom Historical Society do with its collection?

While we focus a lot of attention on the proper care, conservation, and storage of the historical treasures in our collection, we definitely try to put them to good use! That means making them available to researchers, genealogists, students, and authors looking to study the region's history, or featuring them in the museum's permanent and rotating exhibitions. That's why we look for donors who have kept their items in good condition, allowing our collection to be built on museum-quality pieces. 

Will FHS appraise my personal collection?

From the Serpa Family Photo Collection | Folsom Historical Society

No, the Folsom Historical Society cannot appraise private collections. However, we’d be happy to refer you to professionals in the appraisal field!