The Sierra Historic Sites Association Board (SHSA) is currently seeking board and committee members, with many positions to fill.
Open board positions include president, secretary, ways and means, building and grounds, and three directors. The term is one year, from July to June. There are many committee positions also open, including exhibit committee, gift shop committee, hospitality committee, Gazette editor registrar, curator and grant coordinator.
Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park, overseen by the SHSA was built around two restored and furnished homes, dating back to the 1870s. These homes were saved from demolition, relocated to the historical park, and restored by SHSA volunteers. Other restored buildings include two one-room schools and two 19th century jails. The association was founded in 1968, the buildings were moved to the property in 1975.
Fresno Flats village and grounds are open dawn to dusk for self-guided tours. Museum and guided tours are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
With no county or state funds, SHSA has maintained Fresno Flats since 1975 with community donations and volunteer labor.
Annual memberships are available at: $25 for individuals, $35 for families, $100 for businesses, $500 for life memberships, $100 (minimum) for patron memberships, and $1,000 for sustaining membership.
Because SHSA is a non-profit, educational association, membership dues and other donations are tax deductible. Leave a message at (559) 683-6570 for Sierra Historic Sites Association, and Fresno Flats Museum and Park or see website fresnoflatsmuseum.org.
Volunteers are also needed for the 20th Annual Mountain Heritage Days (Sept. 16-17). This year’s theme is “Saving the Past for the Future.”
“It’s so important to save things that were part of the past so that future generations can know what it was like back then,” Heritage Days Chairwoman Gwen Dunn said. “Fresno Flats is the only historic museum in Oakhurst. We offer tours with hands-on experience to school children from all over California. We get visitors from all over the world looking for a glimpse of American history. And in order to keep up the museum and park, we need help from everyone.”
To volunteer, or for details, Gwen Dunn, (559) 265-2608.
New exciting parade entries are expected, along with many new commercial entries. Applications to join the parade, which takes place Sept. 17, are now available online at fresnoflatsmuseum.org, the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce, and Oakhurst Giftworks.
The next Mountain Heritage Days meeting will be held 5:30 p.m., July 28, in the Fresno Flats library building. All are welcome to attend.