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. This plan is currently under development and will be brought back to the Board in the coming months for their consideration. 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



  • Why is the Board considering a new operational model and what was the process?
  • What will be the new operational model?
  • When will the operational transfer occur and what will be the process?
  • Where will the historical collection be?
  • Will the interior of the Gibson House mansion be stripped?
  • What will happen to the school tours?
  • What is happening with events at the Gibson House?
  • Why is there a campaign opposing the new operational model?
  • Will this change impact the First Friday Art Walk or Gallery 625?
  • Where do I go for more information?
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