The California State Library selected Tulare County and Visalia as its County and City of the Month for August 2018.
The California State Library made their selection based on dedication of the Tulare County Library, Tulare County Museum, and other like-minded community organizations that are committed to local preservation, outreach to the community, and providing access to historic resources to the public and California State Library.
In recognition of this announcement, the California State Library’s California History Section provided information on the State Library’s webpage that features the County of the Month and City of the Month. Each page also contains valuable research about Tulare County and Visalia.
The featured information on Tulare County can be view by visiting http://www.library.ca.gov/california-history/county-month/.
Additional Tulare County historic resources can be found through the Annie R. Mitchell History Room (located in the Visalia Branch Library), Tulare County Museum, Tulare County Historical Society, Sequoia Genealogical Society, Tulare Historical Museum, Porterville Museum, and Alta District Historical Society.
This recognition honors the diverse character of California’s many counties while providing research tips to individuals interested in finding out more about California local history.
Fun History Fact:
Did you know that the first vote in Tulare County occurred outside?
It’s true! In 1852, the designated polling place was a cabin on Kaweah Creek, but everybody cast their ballot under the Election Tree, a large nearby oak.
History buffs can read the full research guide put together for Tulare County at http://www.library.ca.gov/Content/pdf/californiaHistory/TulareResearch.pdf.
Beginning in August 2017, the California State Library started the County and City of the Month program to support the work of local governments and historical societies in promoting and preserving the past.