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After four decades, the regional museum in Sutter County gets a less complicated name
May 15, 2019

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors, recognizing the old moniker wasn’t making it easy for the public to understand what it is, has renamed the County’s regional history museum.

Gone is the name, "Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County." It is being replaced with, "Sutter County Museum."

On Tuesday, May 14, the Board unanimously approved a recommendation from Museum Director/Curator Jessica Hougen to change the name for clarity’s sake.

"People can’t remember it, which makes it hard to look the museum up," she said. "It is difficult for advertising as it is long and rather a tongue twister. And the words 'Community Memoria' make the museum sound like a health care facility or retirement home."

She told the Board that by definition the museum memorializes the community, and the story of its pioneers and veterans. "That's what we do," she said.

The Museum Trust Fund and Museum Association have agreed to pay for new signage, along with the minimal cost associated with updating collateral materials. The name change will have no impact on the County’s General Fund.

The museum exhibits have been closed since January for the first extensive overhaul since the museum opened in the mid 1970s. A Grand Re-Opening, featuring a Frida Kahlo exhibit, is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 2p.m..

The museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road, Yuba City, on property donated by the Harter Family for the purpose of providing a community memorial to honor early pioneers and settlers, and members of the military, and for the siting of a museum.

The park the museum is located on will continue to carry the Harter family name.