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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

Build the Wahhoga Roundhouse – 2019
Create a traditional space for tribal communities in Yosemite Valley by supporting continued construction of a roundhouse at the historic Wahhoga Village site.
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Celebrate Climbing History: Initial Study – 2019
Explore the potential for creating new educational exhibits in Yosemite Valley focused on one of the park’s most popular sports: rock-climbing.
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Engage Tribal Youth in Anthropology – 2019
Provide multiweek internships to help American-Indian students gain valuable hands-on experience in archeology, anthropology and cultural-resources management.
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Expand Education at the Pioneer History Center – 2019
Help Pioneer History Center visitors learn about diverse people who shaped the park’s early years, by restoring the Chinese laundry house and adding exhibits.
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Honor American-Indian Traditions – 2019
Create hands-on educational experiences focused on tribal culture, including inviting visitors to help restore structures in Yosemite Valley’s Indian Village.
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Keep Horses at the Heart of Yosemite – 2019
Continue the success of Yosemite’s renowned long-running stock program by bringing in new horses and mules, including adopted wild mustangs.
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Preserve Historic Orchards – 2019
Rescue 19th-century fruit trees rooted in the park’s pioneer past through orchard-stabilization work in the Valley, Wawona and El Portal.
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Protect Snow Creek Cabin – 2019
Upgrade security features at the increasingly popular Snow Creek Cabin to ensure future adventurers can enjoy visiting a historic Yosemite retreat.
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Share Park History: Photos from Yosemite’s Past – 2019
Improve access to historical Yosemite images by hiring student interns to document and digitize more than 6,000 vintage photographs.
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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.