Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Shafter Historical Society

  • Shafter, CA
  • www.shafter.com

Mission Statement

To promote interest in the historical background of the Shafter community and the northwest Kern County area through the collection, preservation, and exhibition of records, artifacts, and historic buildings relating to our area.

Main Programs

  1. Shafter Depot Museum

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Service Areas

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California

ruling year

1981

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Not Applicable

Keywords

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shafter, history, museums, depot, hotel, agriculture, railroad, restoration, renovation

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EIN

95-3445097

 Number

3856099925

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Shafter Depot Museum continues to provide a historical look at the Shafter Community and its agricultural heritage through its exhibits and publications. The museum served 866 visitors in 2013. The museum was open every Saturday and was open an additional 19 days by special appointment. We strive to accommodate requests for visits at times other than our normal visiting hours. During the last year many projects were accomplished at the Depot Museum. The dock was repaired and the building repainted. The 1910 Caboose was repaired and repainted. A new exhibit of a working Aeromoter Windmill was erected. We promoted the history of Shafter during the Centennial Celebration by contributing a town history for the Centennial Brochure and publishing a historical playing card deck using photographs from our collection.The Assistant Curator served as an advisor on the Centennial Mural Committee. A special Pictorial Cancellation Stamp was designed with the Postal Service using the stamp to cancel mail at the Depot October 19. A monument designating the Center of Population for California was placed and dedicated at the Museum in October.

Programs

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Program 1

Shafter Depot Museum

The Shafter Depot Museum, inclusive of the adjacent Harlin P. Wilson Agricultural Museum, provides exhibits, historical lectures, publications of local history and a quarterly newsletter. Lectures are offered by outside speakers once a year to the membership. The curator presents local history lectures to local groups and visitors. The Society has published four local history books and is currently working on a new book of Shafter's History.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$15,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Funding Needs

Funds and volunteers are needed for the following pending projects that include:A concrete slab and roof on the north end of the Agricultural Museum for an additional display area for restored farm equipment.Additional space for a work area and artifact storage, as well as the opening of an additional display room in the Depot upstairs.A slide scanner and program for accessioning hundreds of slides. Cost estimates are available upon request.

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Shafter Historical Society

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Principal Officer

Not Applicable

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Society has collected artifacts and researched local history to put together exhibits that seek to capture life of the early days and the importance of agriculture, particularly potatoes and cotton, that was the economic mainstay for many years. Additionally key ingredients to the community's economic success were the railroad and a water supply which are also well documented. The Museum has one paid position, a half time curator's assistant. While major repair jobs are contracted, volunteers have performed most responsibilities for the last 35 years. - By Stan Wilson"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Helen Gaede

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Term: Nov 2013 - Oct 2014

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