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Regularly Scheduled Programs

Free Town Tours:
June 15th - Labor Day: Daily @ 11:00 AM Monday-Friday based on staff and docent availability. Please check with museum upon arrival.
Year-round: Saturday & Sunday @ 11:00 AM
Led by staff and docents. Meet at the museum.
Approximately 1 hour.

For groups over ten people, special tours must be arranged in advance by calling 209-588-9128.
Costumed volunteer at Gold Rush Days

Our Museum is currently open from 10:00am-4:30pm through Labor Day. Fall/Winter hours 10-4pm. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Gold Rush Days  
Occur the second Saturday of each month from 1 to 4pm. Many special exhibits are open and hands-on activities are led by volunteers in period attire throughout the afternoon. Call 209-588-9128 for details.

JULY 2017

Big Band Street Dance – Saturday, July 22, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Step back into the 1940s and put on your dancing shoes to boogie down to the music of Rod Harris and his orchestra. 
This free event is sponsored by Friends of Columbia State Historic Park.  Information:  209-588-9128

History’s Mysteries – Saturday, July 22, August 5, 19, & September 2, -  Saturday 10:00am  - Cost:$5.00
We invite families or groups to solve an actual crime that occurred in Columbia in the 1800s. You will witness the event, interview key members to the crime and get a chance to subpoena them in court. Then you will select one person from your group to question people on the stand.  At the end, you will determine the outcome of the crime. 
Contact Columbia State Historic Park at 209-588-9128

AUGUST 2017

History’s Mysteries – Saturday, July 22, August 5, 19, & September 2, -  Saturday 10:00am  - Cost:$5.00
We invite families or groups to solve an actual crime that occurred in Columbia in the 1800s. You will witness the event, interview key members to the crime and get a chance to subpoena them in court. Then you will select one person from your group to question people on the stand.  At the end, you will determine the outcome of the crime.  
Contact Columbia State Historic Park at 209-588-9128

SEPTEMBER 2017

History’s Mysteries – Saturday, July 22, August 5, 19, & September 2, -  Saturday 10:00am  - Cost:$5.00
We invite families or groups to solve an actual crime that occurred in Columbia in the 1800s. You will witness the event, interview key members to the crime and get a chance to subpoena them in court. Then you will select one person from your group to question people on the stand.  At the end, you will determine the outcome of the crime.  
Contact Columbia State Historic Park at 209-588-9128

Ghost Tours  - Saturday, Sept 9 & Oct 21 – Saturdays 3:00pm - COST: $10.00
Have you heard that there are ghosts in Columbia? Join us on the tour to find out where they lurk and the stories behind those who lived in Columbia during the Gold Rush.  Contact Columbia State Historic Park at 209-588-9128

California Statehood Day Parade – Saturday, September 9 - 11:00am - Cost: Free
California became a state on September 9, 1850 – 167 years ago! The Statehood Day Parade in Columbia is sponsored by the Native Sons of the Golden West, Columbia Parlor #258. The Native Sons have a tradition of preserving California History--the parade is a tradition that began in 1876, and was revived in 2008.
Information:  David Kelley at 916-834-3332 or Columbia State Park at 209-588-9128 or 209-532-3184.

Back to School 1861 – Saturday, September 16, 4:00pm - 7:00pm - Cost: Free ($1 for ice cream) 
Join us for a beautiful evening at the historic schoolhouse.  During this reminiscent event, take a tour of the upstairs, sit in on a lesson taught by a docent dressed as an 1860s school teacher, play games of long ago, listen to music, and help make hand-cranked ice cream.  FREE.

Stories in Stone – Friday, September 29, 30 & October 6, 7, - Friday & Saturday evenings  Cost: $25.00
Visitors are led through Columbia’s historic cemetery by costumed volunteers carrying lanterns where they will visit 13 grave sites.  The dead come to life as interpreters tell about their lives, how they died, and how they came to lie in Columbia’s cemetery.  Contact Columbia State Historic Park at 209-588-9128

OCTOBER 2017

Ghost Tours - Saturday, Sept 9 & Oct 21 – Saturdays 3:00pm - COST: $10.00
Have you heard that there are ghosts in Columbia? Join us on the tour to find out where they lurk and the stories behind those who lived in Columbia during the Gold Rush.  Contact Columbia State Historic Park at 209-588-9128

Stories in Stone – Friday, September 29, 30 & October 6, 7, - Friday & Saturday evenings  Cost: $25.00
Visitors are led through Columbia’s historic cemetery by costumed volunteers carrying lanterns where they will visit 13 grave sites.  The dead come to life as interpreters tell about their lives, how they died, and how they came to lie in Columbia’s cemetery.  Contact Columbia State Historic Park at 209-588-9128.

Boo Boulevard - Halloween in Columbia – Saturday, October 28, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Cost: Free
Columbia welcomes children in costume for Trick or Treating from 3pm - 6pm. Wagon rides, games, and more! This free event is sponsored by Columbia State Historic Park, Friends of Columbia, and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.  Fun for all ages.

DECEMBER 2017

Lamplight Tours – Friday & Saturday, December 1 & 2, - 5:30pm -7:30pm - Cost: $25.00
Join us for a walking play that wanders the streets of Columbia at night and ends with music, dance, and refreshments.  Make this an annual holiday event for you and your family and learn more about the Christmastime of years past.  Contact Columbia State Historic Park at 209-532-3184.

Victorian Feast at the City Hotel - December 8, 10, 14, 15, 2017  - Evenings
For over thirty years, the historic City Hotel has celebrated the holidays by recreating a 120-year-old banquet melodrama with a cast of colorful characters, minstrels, great food and wonderful wines. Mixing the melodrama with good cheer and holiday toasts, fine dining, and the beautiful surroundings of the restored hotel, it’s easy to see why the event is so popular. Guests return year after year to renew friendships, start their Christmas season, and spend the night in one the state park's historic hotels. The four course menu will be prepared by Chef Chris Segarini, the City Hotel Restaurant chef and operator. For reservations, call 209-532-5964.  
Information:  Contact George Segarini at gsegarini6450@comcast.net or cityhotelrestaurant.com

A Miner’s Christmas – Saturdays & Sundays, December 9 & 10 & 16 & 17, - 12:00pm - 3:00pm - Cost: Free
Sit around a campfire drinking hot cider or coffee and join in conversations with miners as they roast chestnuts.  Children can make some favorite crafts of the 1850s and keep an eye out for Father Christmas as he wanders the streets looking for good boys and girls!  Contact Columbia State Historic Park at 209-588-9128.