Update 8/29/2014 Dear Friends of Napa County Historical Society: I am writing to update you on the status of the Goodman Library and respond to the avalanche of inquiries we received concerning its status. The beloved Goodman Library, though it withstood the 1906 earthquake and...Read More
The gothic Napa Asylum for the Insane began housing patients nearly 140 years ago. Although the original castle-like buildings and Luther Turton-designed doctors’ mansions were demolished in the mid-20th century, the property was famous for its exquisite architecture and...Read More
Napa State Hospital by Patricia Prestinary uses many of the stunning photographs from the Napa County Historical Society’s collection. This unique book tells the photographic story of the institution and how this beautiful site became an integral part of the community. Napa,...Read More
Librarian Stephanie Farrell Grohs co-authored with local historian Lauren Coodley Frankie’s Journey: The Silk Road to Napa. It traces the 1908 trek of an imaginary San Francisco boy from his home at the Youth’s Directory, a Catholic charity in San Francisco, to St....Read More
The mission of Napa County Historical Society is to discover and keep history alive through exhibits, lectures, and events, as well as research, publications, and educational activities. We are a membership-based archival and educational organization dedicated to the discovery, preservation and presentation of the people and history of Napa County and its place in California history.
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Due to the earthquake, NCHS and the Goodman Library are temporarily closed. The Research Library cannot process any new requests at this time.
NCHS fosters a community of researchers to promote and expand the study of Napa County’s fascinating history. The Research Library houses books, city directories, original manuscripts, thousands of old photographs, newspaper clippings, maps, architectural drawings, and documents pertaining to the people and history of Napa County. For more information, click here.