Historical Society of Winters

The Winters Museum is OPEN

Thursday through Sunday from 1:00 until 5:00 PM

At the Museum Now!

Open Veterans Day!

Honoring Winters Veterans

The Winters Museum will be open on Sunday 11/10 and Monday 11/11 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. Come in to see the new exhibit Honoring Winters Veterans. Admission is free.

( Photo of Bob and Don Gale meeting in Burma in 1944 during WWII is courtesy of the Gale Family.)

We Need Community Help!

Edward Smith Ragsdale

The Winters History Museum is looking for photos, artifacts, and stories for its next exhibit which will feature local military veterans and their stories.

Please let us know if you have a picture of a family member in uniform that served in any war/conflict. We can scan the photo you have or you can loan your picture and we will put it up in our new exhibit. Also, do you have any artifact like a shadow box of medals/flags, actual uniform, letters, or flag? We are collecting this week and next ...hoping to have the exhibit up by Veterans Day!

[Photo: Edward Smith Ragsdale--Civil War Participant and Buckeye Resident. Ragsdale was a farmer for a couple of years around 1880 in the Buckeye district. He enlisted in Company E, Iowa 16th Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and was promoted up through the ranks to First Full Lieutenant. (Photo used by family’s permission)]

Museum Hours

The Winters Museum Schedule

  • Thursday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Friday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • By appointment: wintersmuseum@gmail.com

Museum Location

The Winters History Museum is centrally located in downtown Winters at 13 Russell Street, on the corner of Russell and First Streets, a short walk from Buckhorn Steakhouse, Putah Creek Cafe, Preserve, Steady Eddy's, Pizza Factory, Winters City Hall, and Winters Community Center.

Support the Winters Museum!

Please support the Winters Museum with a donation to Historical Society of Winters.

You Can Help!

The Museum Needs Docents

Volunteer to serve a two-hour shift at the Museum: http://bit.ly/hsw-signup1.

Send any questions to wintersmuseum@gmail.com.

Connect with HSW!

What People Are Saying

"I guess you really *can* make a silk purse of a sow's ear now and again. The Winters Historical Society has transformed the unutterably funky Winters Express office in the old library building into a small and lovely museum. I look forward to watching it grow over time. Stop in and take a look and see what you can do to help them grow, whether its monetary contributions or handing over some of those great old artifacts you have around the house or volunteering time."

"Yes - it was a wonderful event and a marvelous museum. Thanks to all who contributed to the success of both. "

"Great beginning to what will blossom into a great treasure for the people of Winters and the world."

"Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I will support you always!"

Recent Exhibits and Events

Celebrate Friday the 13th

Join us as we continue the tradition of the Wallace Family's Friday the 13th Party. We will honor Newt's memory with the extra special Newt's Black Ink Ale served in an extra special Newt's Black Ink Ale Pint Glass.

Celebrate Winters Agriculture!

Apricots drying in the sun

Farm girl with apricots

Music at the Museum

Friday May 31st 6-9 PM

Please join the Historical Society of Winters for an evening of music at the Winters Museum on Friday 06/31. The event will feature live music by amazing local artists and will benefit the Winters History Museum. In addition, the event will provide one of the last opportunities to see the Winters Plein Air Festival Art Show. The paintings will be coming down on Sunday 06/02.




Plein Air Paintings of Winters

The Winters Museum will feature the plein air paintings of the artists who participated in the 2019 Winters Plein Air Festival. The art will remain on display at the Museum through Sunday, June 2nd. You will be able to see and purchase paintings. Museum hours are Thursday through Sunday from 2:00 until 6:00 PM. Don't wait. Plan a visit today.

Reliving Our Youth Days

Remember Youth Days of the Past with a visit to the Winters Museum and the current feature exhibit "Reliving Our Youth Days." The exhibit opened on Thursday, March 21, and will run through May 5th.

The Museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 2:00 until 6:00 PM.

Opening Night Event

On Friday, November 30, we opened with our first exhibit!

We titled it "Historical Society of Winters 'Expresses' Itself."

The Winters Express, especially the Wallace years, are featured. The short film “Winters Express” featuring Newt Wallace was shown. Charley Wallace shared his comments.

Museum Feature Wall

The Opening Exhibit

We called it "Historical Society of Winters 'Expresses' Itself." The Winters Express, especially the Wallace years, was featured. We hope you were able to visit.

Video Slideshow of the Youth Day Opening

Video slideshow of photos from the opening night for the Reliving Our Youth Days exhibit at the Winters Museum.

Photo Slideshow of First Exhibit

First Exhibit

Opening Night Video

Former Winters Express publisher Charley Wallace demonstrates an antique Campbell Country Cylinder Press built in 1861 at the Historical Society of Winters (CA) Museum opening, November 30, 2018, with the help of his brother, John.

(Video by Shaunie Briggs)

Future Exhibits

Future Exhibits

Future Exhibits

We are planning our next themed exhibits. Here are a few that we are considering. Drop by and tell us what you think.

Building The Museum

This video slideshow follows the HSW team's conversion of the Winters Express office space into the Winters Museum.

Big Day of Giving

Support the Winters Museum

Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 2, the date of this year’s Big Day of Giving—the annual 24-hour fundraising extravaganza that has rallied our region to generate more than $30 million for nonprofits in the Sacramento area over the past several years.

Schedule your donation today! Visit the Museum's BDOG site: www.bigdayofgiving.org/wintersmuseum.

Winters History on Social Media

Theodore Winters and Family, 1885

Caption reads: "Theodore Winters and his family are shown in this 1885 photo owned by the Nevada Historical Society. In the back row, left to right, are Nettie and Louis; front row, left to right: Nellie, George, Neva, Theodore, Maggie, Mrs. Winters, Archie and Theodora."

(Winters Express, 1975 Winters Centennial Supplement)

Winters History... Media Posts...

Lunch with President John F. Kennedy 1962

Newt Wallace, Winters Express publisher, and 24 other California editors and publishers met with President John F. Kennedy at a White House Luncheon on Friday, August 3, 1962

(Winters Express photo)

Winters History... Media Posts...

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Winters History

The Saloons Have Moved!

A 1875 Los Angeles Herald news item mentions Buckeye and Winters. Learn how a decision regarding the routing of an extension of the Vaca Valley Railroad led to the demise of Buckeye and the rise of Winters.

(Source: Tom Crisp's The People of Buckeye and Early Winters)

Buckeye and Early Winters. . .

John Reid Wolfskill

John Reid Wolfskill, the area’s earliest American settler, 1842.

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Theodore Winters

The City got its name from early businessman Theodore Winters.

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The Winters Express

The first Express came off the press in February of 1884.

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1975 Centennial

In 1975, The Winters Express printed a special supplement commemorating the Winters Centennial.

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Recent Social Media

Theodore Winters and Family, 1885

Caption reads: "Theodore Winters and his family are shown in this 1885 photo owned by the Nevada Historical Society. In the back row, left to right, are Nettie and Louis; front row, left to right: Nellie, George, Neva, Theodore, Maggie, Mrs. Winters, Archie and Theodora."

(Winters Express, 1975 Winters Centennial Supplement)

Winters History... Media Posts...

Lunch with President John F. Kennedy 1962

Newt Wallace, Winters Express publisher, and 24 other California editors and publishers met with President John F. Kennedy at a White House Luncheon on Friday, August 3, 1962

(Winters Express photo)

Winters History... Media Posts...

Winters History Mural 2018

Completed! (08/08/2018)

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Winters Participation Gallery (WPG) sponsored a summer class titled “The Winters History Mural Project.” It was taught by local professional muralist, Jaime Montiel, and included a dozen students ranging in age from 11-18.

For more photos and videos, visit Winters Participation Gallery.

You Can Help!

Museum Needs Items!

The Winters Museum is looking for items to display.

We are particularly interested in items that relate to local agriculture, local businesses, or family history. Items should be small and have a connection to Winters. If you have an item that you would be willing to donate or loan, please email a photo with a short description to wintersmuseum@gmail.com.