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Help Preserve California’s Gold Rush Heritage!

Friends of Columbia is one of over 80 cooperating associations, working in support of state parks in California. As such, our board members, volunteers, contributors and sponsors play a vital role in keeping this important part of California history alive through programs of enrichment:

Friends of Columbia SHP Mission Statement

Our primary mission is to promote and support the preservation, educational and interpretive activities of Columbia State Historic Park through the raising and managing of funds, and to financially assist the state park in carrying out those activities.

Our Nonprofit Organization
Friends is a 501(c) (3) tax exempt nonprofit public benefit corporation (tax ID# 77-0368895) and all contributions are tax deductible. Proceeds go toward supporting Columbia State Historic Park’s educational staff, volunteers and interpretive programs throughout the year.

Through fundraising efforts and the dedication of over 200 volunteers, we are able to provide public presentations and training workshops, as well as purchasing supplies, tools, equipment, costumes and other essential items to offer historical reenactments.

We also donate funding annually for seasonal interpretive staff members, who assist in conducting a number of valuable learning activities for school children and park visitors.

One of our main goals is to create an understanding of Columbia’s prominent role in the history of Tuolumne County and California. Help us in Keeping California History Alive!