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Jan. 1 – Feb. 23, 2020: Merced Irrigation District Centennial Celebration
Organized in 1919, MID’s original mission was to provide water for local farmers. Over the past century, MID has evolved from a supplier of water for agriculture to providing power and recreation to the community it serves. In recent history, reflecting changing societal values, MID has become deeply engaged in environmental stewardship efforts and water policy challenges. This exhibit celebrates MID’s past, present and future as it turned 100 in 2019.

Feb. 9, 2020: Merced County Historical Society Annual Meeting
The general membership meeting will be held on this Sunday at the Merced County Board of Supervisors’ Chamber at 2:00 p.m. At the meeting, the past president will be honored, incoming board members will be installed, and awards and grants will be presented. This year’s keynote speaker is Steve Newvine of Merced, author of California Back Roads and 9 From 99, Experiences from California’s Central Valley.

Mar. 12 – June 14, 2020: Beyond Appearance: Portraits of Merced County Women
The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment that enfranchised American women. Women’s voices were now heard, and their opinions mattered even more. By studying the portraits of women from the Victorian Era to 1920, the exhibit aims to look beyond the appearance of these individuals to learn the stories of their daily struggles that helped to contribute to greater gender, social, and political equality.

Apr. 18, 2020: 25th Annual Tea Party in the Courtroom
On this Saturday, a traditional tea party will be held in the historic Superior Courtroom. “Silver Tea” is the theme to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. So, dress up in silver. Tickets are available in March.

June 25 – Sept. 27, 2020: Settlement of Merced County: From Homestead to Colonization
People from the homesteaders to colonists settled in Merced County because of its abundance of land, fertile soil, suitable climate, and plentiful water. From Merced’s Chinatown to Rotterdam Colony, this exhibit will explore how ethnicity, national origins, geography, or religion played a role in the creation of Merced’s forgotten settlements.

Sept. 8, 2020: 30th Annual Bill Kirby’s Western BBQ and Auction
Come join our biggest event of the year on this Tuesday. We will be serving delicious food, auctioning one-of-a-kind items, and selling wonderful desserts. Tickets are available in July.

Oct. 15 – Feb. 21, 2021: Land and Water: The Building of an Ag Empire
As a culmination of irrigation and settlement exhibits, this show provides a contemporary look at Merced County as an agriculture empire through the lens of Merced Camera Club focusing on the interconnection of land, people, and water.

Oct. 27, 2020: Fourth Annual Conference of Merced County Historical Societies
This conference aims to bring together historical societies in Merced County to share ideas in historical preservation, documentation, and presentation. As a countywide organization, one of our goals is to support other local historical societies as they grow and thrive.

Dec. 6, 2020: Christmas at the Courthouse Open House
On this Sunday, an annual open house created for and by the community will exhibit over 70 Christmas trees. Join us for trees, treats, music, and traditional Courthouse Eggnog.