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. After a process that included a review of operations, a public meeting, and several presentations to the County Board of Supervisors, the supervisors voted on June 26, 2018 to implement a new operational model for the Gibson House property and the historical collection.

Under this model the property will be operated by the non-profit YoloArts ( as a cultural center, incorporating history, art, and the County culture into activities at the Gibson House. As a cultural center educational programming, private event rentals, public programming, exhibitions, and gardening activities will be provided at the property. This will include the continuation of 3rd grade school tours and the display of the County historical collection.

Collections Review Committee

The Yolo County Historical Collection is undergoing a comprehensive review of the 11,000 items at the Gibson Museum and Cultural Center operated by YoloArts. This endeavor requires planning and volunteer efforts to ensure documentation and re-housing of objects in accordance with museum and archival standards. In order to complete this collection review process we will be forming a Collections Review Committee. These committee members will help with identifying pieces that should be retained or removed from the collection because they either do not fit the collection scope or meet other criteria based on museum best practices and standards. Members of the committee will bring expertise in local history, agricultural history, education, art, museum practices and community engagement to the review process. Members will receive information regarding specific collection items and will meet to discuss suggested items to be removed. 

Please apply, or nominate other qualified community members for this unique opportunity to help ensure that the Yolo County Historical Collection represents the best of local history and culture and that we are able to care for the collection into the future.

The committee description and application is available on the YCHC webpage. Please submit your application by Wednesday, May 15th via email: or mail:

Yolo County Historical Collection
Attn: Iulia Bodeanu
226 Buckeye Street
Woodland, CA 95695

Additional Information 

The following information is meant to provide the public with background materials regarding the decision, information during the transition, and some answers to frequently asked questions.

Background Materials:


The County is currently in the process of transitioning to the new operational model over the course of this Summer and early Fall. This transition includes construction work to increase ADA accessibility, repair the pergola on the side of the mansion, convert one of the barns into a multi-use classroom space, and renovate the administration building. No alterations are being made to the mansion building. Additionally, the transition includes a large review of the historical collection to assess preservation needs, improve documentation, and place items in appropriate storage and display conditions. YoloArts is anticipated to transition onsite in the winter and begin programming in early 2019. Tours have been temporarily placed on hold until the transition is complete. 

See photos below of the transition as it progresses:

The County has converted the former garage on the Gibson property into a temperature and humidity controlled collection conservation facility including workspace and new shelving.

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The new conservation facility, allows for collection items to be moved to more appropriate storage space. Here is an example of the new collection storage work conducted by the County's interim curator.

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  • 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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