supported by the McHenry Museum & Historical Society – a non-profit 501(c)3
1402 I Street, Modesto, CA 95354
Call: (209) 495-4620
Museum Hours: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Tuesday through Sunday
*PLEASE CALL FOR STORE HOURS
Shop the Museum Store for books and gifts for all ages for any occasion. Membership in the McHenry Museum & Historical Society entitles you to a 10% discount.
The largest selection of local history books
Special offerings for all ages
Stanislaus Stepping Stones publications of local history
PLEASE CALL THE STORE FOR HOURS OF OPERATION.
The Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and proceeds from the store are used for publishing new or reprinted local histories. The publishing of such books and of the journal Stanislaus Stepping Stones is done by Press and Publications, a support group of the Society.
The Pike family, led by Roy Pike, amassed a land holding of around 4,500 acres and with irrigation water from the nearby San Joaquin river, turned his land into the El Solyo Ranch. Hear how Pike’s dreams were realized through his innovations, ultimately providing around 700 jobs for Vernalis/Westley area residents, necessitating the ranch to have its own grocery store, blacksmith, and fire department.
The McHenry Museum (the building) has a history going back to 1912. In 1906 Oramil McHenry* died and his will left $20,000 and interest in three city lots for the expressed purpose of constructing a public library in the Modesto. The city was unwilling to begin the library facility until the probate of Mr. McHenry's will was complete. By 1911 all the pieces began to fall into place.
RENTALS & TOURS
The McHenry Museum with its Main Exhibit room, Changing Exhibit room, and Auditorium provides one of the most flexible small venues in the city of Modesto. The main floor of the Museum can accommodate 200 guests while the auditorium will accommodate 64 to 90 guests depending upon the chair/table configuration. See how some of our guests have used the venue to house their events, and how you can setup a self-guided or group tour of the venue.