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Preserving culturally significant stories and artifacts from Yosemite’s long human history.

People have lived in and traveled through Yosemite for millennia. That human history is woven into the land, both tangibly, in ancient artifacts, pioneer-era cabins and vintage photos, and intangibly, in stories passed down through generations or still waiting to be told. Your support can fund efforts to preserve, share, honor and learn from Yosemite’s cultural and historic legacies.

Current Projects

Bridgeport Indian Colony: Document Tribal History in Yosemite – 2020
Fill a gap in documentation of the park’s human history with a tribally produced report on traditional American Indian land-use and lifeways in northern Yosemite.
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Celebrate Climbing History: New Exhibits – 2020
Create and install new educational exhibits in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center focused on one of the park’s most popular activities: rock-climbing.
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Explore Gender Equity in the Park’s Past and Present – 2020
Invite park visitors and staff to explore women’s history and gender equity in Yosemite through a special museum exhibit marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment.
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Keep Horses at the Heart of Yosemite – 2020
Continue the success of Yosemite’s celebrated, indispensable mounted patrol program by bringing in new horses and mules.
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Research Yosemite’s African American History – 2020
Increase the accuracy and relevancy of the park’s educational efforts by conducting in-depth research to uncover and share information on African American history in Yosemite.
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Restore Historic Curry Orchard – 2020
Rehabilitate the historic Curry Orchard, in eastern Yosemite Valley, to save heirloom apple trees and preserve a visible legacy from the park’s early years.
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Restore the Historic Rangers’ Club Fireplace – 2020
Repair a prominent fireplace in the 100-year-old Rangers’ Club, a National Historic Landmark, with a focus on restoring masonry features and preventing future deterioration.
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Our cultural and historic preservation projects have helped the park digitize thousands of vintage images, host special museum exhibits, restore buildings and expand educational resources at the Pioneer Yosemite History Center, work with traditionally affiliated tribes to build a roundhouse at the Wahhoga Village site, and much more.

Want to know more? Take a quick journey back in time to see our past projects!

Areas of Focus

Thanks to supporters, we’ve provided $125 million to Yosemite for more than 640 completed projects. Donor gifts help improve trails, restore habitat, protect wildlife, inspire the next generation of nature-lovers and more. Explore our funding areas to see current and past projects.