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Jan. 1 – Feb. 20: 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 explores how ethnicity, national origin, geography, or religion played a role in the creation of Merced’s settlements.

Feb. 6: 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 speakers are Charlie Galatro and Dan Nelson whose presentation is about the life of Cattle King Henry Miller.

March 12 – June 5: Tractor Dealerships in Merced County
It doesn’t matter what color they are: green, yellow, red, or blue. They are united under one barn (actually Courthouse) roof, representing the American farming industry. They are the tractors. By chronicling the history of Merced County tractor dealerships, the exhibit examines how the evolution of tractors shaped farming in the Central Valley. An antique tractor show will be held in the Courthouse Park for the exhibit opening on March 12.

April 9: 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 23 – Sept. 25: Pacheco State Park 25th Anniversary Celebration
In collaboration with the California State Parks, Four Rivers Natural History Association, and California Naturalist Program, the Courthouse Museum will host an exhibit to celebrate the past, present, and future of the Pacheco State Park in Los Banos.

Sept. 13: 31st 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. 13 – Feb. 19, 2023: 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. 25: Fifth 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. 4: 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.