Gibson House and County Historical Collection


Gibson House


The Gibson House is a historical Yolo County property, including mansion, outbuildings, and grounds, that has been owned by Yolo County since 1975. In 1984, the Yolo County Historical Museum Corporation (YCHM) was formed to operate the Museum on behalf of the County. In doing so, the museum corporation was to collect, record, preserve, and exhibit items that best portray the history of Yolo County. After a review of operations, on December 12, 2017, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors directed staff to develop an implementation plan for a new operational model for the Gibson House property and the historical collection.

An outline of the implementation plan was presented at a public community meeting on March 22, 2018 to gather input and feedback. The meeting was attended by 60-90 individuals, with a majority from the City of Woodland. While some attendees at the meeting expressed interest in the implementation plan, many attendees expressed concerns. This feedback was shared with the Gibson House Work Group, which includes representatives from the Yolo County Historical Museum (YCHM) and YoloArts, as well as the Gibson House Ad Hoc Committee, which includes two county board supervisors. The community feedback gathered and the implementation plan will be presented to the Board of Supervisors at their June 26, 2018 public meeting (located in the Board Chambers of the County Administration Building at 625 Court St, Woodland, CA) to determine next steps. The documents including the staff report, implementation plan, and proposed agreements are now available here

The following information is meant to provide the public with background materials regarding the decision and some answers to frequently asked questions as this process continues.

Resource Documents:
Staff Report February 21, 2017
Staff Report December 12, 2017
YoloArts Operational Plan (Plan #1)
YCHM Operational (Plan #2)
Historical Collection Review: Report by Past Matters, LLC



  • What is the new operational model?
  • Why did the operational model change and what was the process?
  • When will YoloArts begin managing the Gibson House as a cultural center?
  • Where will the historical collection be displayed?
  • Is the mansion open for tours?
  • Is the Gibson House available to reserve for events?
  • Will the school tours continue?
  • Will this change impact the First Friday Art Walk or Gallery 625?
  • Where do I go for more information?
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