Museum Founders

Marie Rozier

Marie Rozier


Museum1In February of 1948, after two very historically minded women, Patsy McMahon and Marie Rozier, had collected pictures and artifacts of Tuolumne Township, they located and opened the first Tuolumne museum at the corner of Pine Street and Chestnut Avenue in the old Tuolumne

Patsy McMahon

Patsy McMahon

Telephone Company building. By 1950 a larger building was necessary.

Thus, they sought help of the Tuolumne City Progressive Association and they agreed to sponser the Tuolumne City Memorial Museum. With the
leadership of *Ernest Muller Sr.*, a log cabin was built in Tuolumne Park and opened February 28, 1951.

During 1970, due to the detoriation of the cabin, all articles were
moved for storage in the new Tuolumne Telephone Company warehouse,
courtesy of *John Wise*. By 1974, *Hugh and Dorothy Kellogg* were
instrumental in relocating the museum in the West Side Lumber Company
building on Main Street until the West Side Park needed the space, and
again, all was packed up and stored in member’s homes to wait for a
permanent museum home.

A new organization was formed in 1976 called the “Tuolumne City Memorial
Museum” and in 1978 it was incorporated. Finally, in May of 1981 the
Tuolumne Women’s Improvement Club gift-deeded their property to the
museum. On April 12, 1982, the “go ahead” was given to reconstruct the
building with *Don Grover* as the Architect and *John Feriani* as the
contractor with many volunteers. The over-all planning for the inside,
including rooms and displays, was organized with the leadership of *Eve
Pecchenino*. By Christmas of 1984 with two wings added, a celebration
was held for the museum.  Thus the dreams of Patsy McMahon and Marie Rozier had come true.

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