Women in the Valley

On display August 15 – October 15, 2020

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The above sound exhibit is 8 minutes in length. The stories highlighted are only a small portion of our audio collection.
Camp Fire Girl
Amy Keller Prouty
Ruth B Northrup and Mildred Pearch
Pioneer Woman

Listen to the NCHS audio collection at California Revealed

The Camp Fire Girls, as described in song by Dorothy MacLean on February 16, 1987. Listen to the full oral history.

Ruth B Northrup and Mildred Pearch tell the story of their growing up as neighbors on March 24, 1986. Listen to the full oral history.

Amy Keller Prouty, a biography told by Ilse Schroeder Gilliland on May 16, 1990. Listen to the full oral history.

Additional Resources

How has the Camp Fire Girls organization evolved over time? Check out the timeline of their history on their website.

Former NCHS Librarian and Board Member, Alexandria Brown has published a portion of her master’s thesis, “There Are No Black People in Napa”: A History of African Americans in Napa, on our online blog. Read her research on Mary Ellen Pleasant.

Has your family lived in Napa for generations? Are you good at picking out a face in the crowd? Help us identify this unknown woman in our photograph collection.

This project is supported by California Revealed and administered in California by the State Librarian. The program is made possible by funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

The NCHS also thanks Community Projects inc. in Napa as a contributor for the speaker display, here’s a word from the manufacturers on social distancing: https://www.holosonics.com/touchless-audio. Stay tuned for an update on in-person appointments to listen, based upon the county’s guidelines for social distancing.

Echoes of Napa Valley premieres this year with four themes. The next theme begins October 15, Riverboats and the River.