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The Boggs Collection:
One Hundred Years of California Art

Shasta SHP - Boggs Art Gallery
Paintings offer insight that goes beyond any particular artist’s technique. They provide images that document a period in time and give researchers and other viewers information that may otherwise be unavailable. Historical paintings tell a vivid story.

Shasta State Historic Park is fortunate to have on display a collection of paintings depicting the time between 1850 and 1950. The donor of this collection is Mae Helene Bacon Boggs. Her interest in California began in 1871, when at the age of eight, she arrived in Shasta from Missouri. She was cared for in Shasta by her uncle Williamson Lyncoya Smith, who was the division agent for the California Stage Company from 1853-1888. At Mrs. Boggs’ request, gallery is maintained in his honor.

In addition to her painting collection, she donated a library of California history books along with her personal archives to encourage research.

Mrs. Boggs not only played a primary role in the preservation of land donated to the state to become Shasta State Historic Park, she also dedicated time to various arts and history organizations throughout her life.