Each year's Museum for Day event gives us a glimpse into a different aspect of of St. Helena history.

Museum for a Day

"Founding Families of Napa Valley"

May 18, 2019

1-4 pm

Native Sons Hall

1313 Spring Street, St. Helena

Suggested Donation: $10
(Free for SHHS Members and kids 12 and under)

This year the Bedola, Lincoln/McFarland, McCormick, McDonald, and Money families will share their histories with us. 

In 2017, the bi-annual event honored Hispanic families who have shaped the culture and history of St. Helena. Besides the family displays, attendees were entertained by Ballet Zenoalxochiti dancers and the Gastelum Family Band.

"Gleaners" by Christine Olivo, to be auctioned at the event.

Our 3rd annual event this year was a tremendous success, thanks to our artist participants and all who attended!

Saturday, March 9, 2019    1-4 pm
The Gallery at Brasswood Estate
Tickets: $100

Original Art Auction with Devon Bell
Artisan Hors d’Oeuvres    Live Music

Brasswood & Other Local Wines

Watch for our 4th annual “History Becomes Art” fundraiser in early 2020.  It's an afternoon of wine, food, music and the opportunity to obtain art that represents the history of our community.

Artists will create 30+ works of art inspired by pieces of St. Helena History. They will donate them to be auctioned at our event.

Help us raise funds to establish a permanent home for our collection. With such a facility, the public will be able to learn about the history of our area and enjoy some of the amazing historical artifacts that have been so generously donated to us over the years.

Spirits of St. Helena Discovery Cemetery Walk

Over 100 people attended this year's 16 annual Spirits of St. Helena Cemetery Discovery Walk (in 2 sessions). St. Helena High School Drama re-enactors made history come alive as they shared fascinating insights into our history. 2018’s theme: “Gesundheit! German Stories in St. Helena,” stories of the many 19th century German residents buried at our extraordinarily beautiful and historic (162 years!) local cemetery. We were very excited to have these young thespians step into the earlier decades of our town and be the Germans who lived and died here and are buried in St. Helena Cemetery.

Examples themes from past years are: "Canton to St. Helena" about Chinatown and Chinese residents before 1900, "Civil War Soldiers," and "Winery Founders."

St. Helena High drama students re-enact history in several scenes at the 2018 Cemetery Walk.


The Historical Society often sponsors interesting and educational lectures. Previous programs have featured local Historian Jay Greene exploring how purposes of governance change because of actions resulting from major shifts in political, social, and religious ideas and beliefs. He wove a historical tapestry based on the successes and failures of the American, French, Russian Revolutions and the Spanish Civil War.

Historian and painter Lin Weber presented a talk and slideshow on several local notable women who influenced the development of Napa Valley and, sometimes, the world.

Pacific Legacy archaeologists described their findings from an extensive archaeological dig near the confluence of the Napa River and Sulphur Creek done as part of the Napa Valley Flood Control Project.

Todd Shulman, Napa detective and founder of the Napa Police Historical Society, presented “Murder & Mayhem in the Napa Valley,”a slide show and lecture about researching the frontier justice, lawlessness and cold cases that still haunt the Napa Valley.

One of the Pacific Legacy archaeologists captivates the audience.