A fun annual event where the adults and children who won the 2019 Poets' Corner Contest share their work with their family, friends, and community in the stately McHenry Museum lobby, followed by a cookies-and-punch reception. Free and open to the public! This reading will be filled with passionate, hilarious, philosophical and sad poems. You don't want to miss it! This year's theme is "Community: Where do you belong? Be it family, school or a larger community, tell us about what it means to be part of something bigger than yourself.”
Coming on February 9th at 2 p.m., look for a very interesting historical perspective by Peter Pike, Jr. as he presents discussions from his book California Bound, explaining how his family helped develop a section of our valley. 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. Later, Pike would encounter challenges he could not overcome and the ranch was subdivided. Join the audience to hear the history of this unique pioneer from the west side of our valley.
Ken Bryant, retired Modesto Fire Department Battalion Chief, will begin our Second Saturday series for the new year speaking about the history of the Modesto Fire Deparment. This will be a "field trip" as the presentation is scheduled to be at Station #1 on Eleventh Street. Join us at this special off-site presentation for the history of our every day heroes.
The McHenry Mansion Dickens Faire has been held for over ten years and starts off the holiday season on the first Saturday in December. It is a memorable community event offering house tours with many docents dressed in the fashion of the period.
Free children’s activities take place here at the Museum in conjunction with the event from 9 AM - Noon.
The entire street in front of the house is closed to traffic for the day and vendors set up booths featuring a unique and interesting assortment of Christmas items, jewelry, food, crafts and other offerings for sale. It’s a great place to do some early holiday shopping.
Several food booths are on site including one ran by the Mansion Foundation, serving coffee, hot chocolate, soda, hot dogs, doughnuts, pies etc.
Strolling carolers and Christmas choruses provide entertainment as well as bagpipers, harpists and other musical ensembles filling the air with a sense of joy and excitement.
Additional entertainment is provided through the Certified Farmers Market, which is set up nearby on the day of the festivities. Father Christmas is also in attendance, complete with a large bag of candy canes!
Carriage rides are available for a nominal fee and are a popular reminder of a by-gone era.
Dickens Faire is sure to provide a full day of fun for the entire family. Plan to join us!
This is an evening that one rarely gets to enjoy in Modesto – a great jazz performance, a nice glass of wine, a tasty dessert or maybe a cup of Starbucks coffee from our no-host bar. Kick back, relax and spend a wonderfully romantic evening that will propel you to a smokey jazz club in New York City.
6:30 PM – Doors Open
7:30 PM – Show Begins
Tickets available here.
We have joined the Modesto Chamber of Commerce and will be having our ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 AM!
Combined with our Ribbon Cutting ceremony, we will be hosting a huge sale of our Museum store items. Books, aprons, Christmas ornaments, children's items, and much, much more.
Don't miss this awesome opportunity to get your Christmas shopping started! See you on November 10th at 11:00 a.m. at the Museum.
If you are looking for a fun family friendly event to celebrate Halloween, then the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County’s Haunted Museum is for you. The event will take place at the historic McHenry Museum on October 25th, 26th and 27th. Tickets are $5 and children under 5 are free.
Offering fun, but not too much fright, the event is designed for children ages 5 to 12 and their families. The celebration will feature seven themed rooms, Halloween crafts, face painting, and a variety of games for kids in the arcade. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite costumes.
Visitors will be guided from room to room on a colorful and deviously delightful tour where they will experience some of their favorite Halloween characters. This will be an evening of “Scooby Doo” fun and games, not “Friday the 13th” terror, with plenty of laughs and candy too.
Docent Larry Dorman describes the experiences of Stanislaus County residents when the Great Worldwide Influenza Pandemic reached Modesto 100 years ago this October. Beginning in Kansas, over a two year time period, the flu killed at least fifty-million people across the globe, many in the Fall of 1918. The responses of the desperate victims along with the puzzled government and medical staffs are a big part of this story. Come learn how this tragic event affected residents of Stanislaus County.
Join us at the museum as Claudia Hagen shares the stories behind the stories that helped her create her book The Mystic High Adventures of Fannie Flame and Crew. Books will be available for purchase. We will have a fun filled time listening to Claudia's adventures! See you at the museum! This event is free & is available to all age groups!
Have you wondered about the very ornate building at 12th and ”I” streets which was Modesto’s main post office for many years? On August 11th at 2 PM, learn about this artistic icon of Modesto by joining Lorie Garcia, Historic Preservation Consultant, as she discusses the art treasures of the historic El Viejo post office building. Learn about the restored murals depicting 1930’s Modesto life and the building’s unique architectural features. Note that this event location will be held at the El Viejo post office building instead of the McHenry Museum.
Jeff Jardine, the celebrated long time columnist for the Modesto Bee, recently retired, will be presenting a special overview of his latest book “Home to the Brave.” This book is an excellent compilation of remembrances of experiences imposed on many of our relatives, friends, neighbors, and other local residents from their involvement in our country’s past wars. While Modesto and the Stanislaus County region may be a small area in the overall scope of the our great country, many of our fellow associates made important contributions during past conflicts and have many interesting experiences from their times supporting our country. Join the audience to hear Jeff share a few of these historical stories.
The return of Minor League baseball to Modesto, California in 1966 was historical, became record setting, and legendary. The mighty collection of Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Rollie Fingers, Dave Duncan, Tony La Russa, and other young players, all had Major League stars in their eyes. The team also had the first ever, in professional baseball, redheaded Bat Girls. I was one of them! We all worked hard together that year sweeping through the California League taking the 1966 League Championship. The names have not been changed to protect the innocent, because we were all guilty! Guilty of an awesome experience and a baseball season never to be forgotten by players, fans and this Bat Girl. This is how it all happened.
A fun annual event where the adults and children who won the 2018 Poets' Corner Contest share their work with their family, friends, and community in the stately McHenry Museum lobby, followed by a cookies-and-punch reception. Free and open to the public! This reading will be filled with passionate, hilarious, philosophical and sad poems. You don't want to miss it!