Photograph of the exhibit hall during Wine Our Story Fall 2021.

City of Immigrants

October 2022 – April 2023

Click here to go to City of Immigrants digital exhibit

City of Immigrants explores 100 years of mass historic immigration into Napa Valley between 1820 with the advent of Mexico’s Rancho Era and 1920 with the implementation of U.S. Prohibition. Over this period of time, the population of the Valley dramatically increased, ushering in new towns, industries, and ways of life. People from many ethnicities made Napa Valley their home bringing with them differing languages, cultural customs, belief systems, skills, and cuisines.


Shouting Down the Wind

May 2023 – September 2023

Shouting Down the Wind looks at 200 years of pioneering women in Napa Valley. The exhibit explores different facets of the community, highlighting women who have made a difference in each generation. Women have stepped up to protect their families and help communities thrive. Some have taken on Herculean tasks and others changed history forever.

Shouting Down the Wind: Napa's Pioneering Women. Coming Soon!


October 2022 – April 2023

In 2021 the Napa Valley Latino Heritage Committee launched the Quilt Project.  The goal was to celebrate the rich Hispanic Heritage of Napa Valley through the artistic expression of quilt squares.  Over three years and one pandemic, Latino communities from American Canyon to Calistoga have produced over 400 squares, capturing Hispanic culture through icons, color and statement, making visible a heritage that is so important to all Napa.


A Rumbling of Women

March 2022

In 2018, NCHS partnered with women who had been involved with the Women’s movement in Napa from the 1970s to 1990s to create a book, A Rumbling of Women: Napa Feminists 1970-1990. This virtual exhibit features chapter recordings from ten of the twenty-six contributors.


Wine: Our Story

October 8, 2021 – March 26, 2022

Winemaking is an economic juggernaut of the Napa Valley. Thanks to climate, soil and winemaker expertise, the Valley produces world renowned wines. We do not know if the Valley’s first people cultivated grapes, but we know that one of the first crops George Yount planted in 1836 was a personal vineyard.


The Presence of the Past

April 15, 2021 – September 15, 2021

Historic Napa was founded at the advent of photography and thus is well documented visually.  Many iconic landmarks have withstood the test of time while others have sadly vanished.  Luckily all have been captured by photography and so their memory remains.

Banner with link to Presence of the Past

Who Tells Our Story

October 2, 2020 – January 25, 2021

Napa county is a rich tapestry of stories. It takes many voices and various perspectives to capture all the stories about different places, people, livelihoods, leisure activities, and politics. NCHS partnered with Arcadia Publishing and Valley organizations to highlight the stories that have been told, and shine a light on the stories that still need telling.


Above the Valley

January 10, 2020 – April 30, 2020

Aerial photography was the primary photography used by Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conservation planners, soil scientists, and other natural resource specialists in the agency. Conservation planners used the aerial photos to inventory farm, ranch, and forestlands of producers working with NRCS to complete a conservation plan.