The Pioneer Yosemite History Center was built in Wawona in 1959 to provide an immersive experience for visitors. Today, the center remains a popular place for people to learn about the park’s past. Many of the historic structures, however, have suffered damage over time.

This 2016 grant funded much-needed repairs to several of the buildings at the Pioneer Yosemite History Center. The park’s historic preservation crew uses sturdy materials and top-notch techniques to ensure the restored buildings will stand strong well into the future. Work supported through this funding included replacing the roof and parts of the log walls on the Crane Flat Cabin; installing a new log façade on the Wells Fargo Office; and repairing the wood deck, base logs and windows on the Hodgdon Cabin.

Your contribution helped the preservation crew restore a classic “living history” experience where visitors of all ages can explore Yosemite’s past. Thank you for supporting your park!

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park.

Tom Darcy

Facilities Management, Yosemite National Park

Project Notes

The Pioneer Yosemite History Center was developed in 1959 by Chief Park Naturalist, Douglass H. Hubbard, designed to provide an interpretive experience for park visitors to become familiarized with 100 years of Yosemite's human history. Douglass Hubbard had a vision to make the Wawona site representative of the era of traveling on horse and living a meager life in a rustic cabin.