Historical Preservation

Founded in 1875, the Native Sons of the Golden West is an organization with a rich history of historical preservation, which began in 1890 with the purchase of Sutter’s Fort when that landmark faced demolition and which continues to this day. The Native Sons was formed as a lasting monument to the men and women of California’s Gold Rush.

Today the Native Sons of the Golden West maintain a strong sense of community building and help ensure a bright future through charitable endeavors and educational involvement. The Native Sons welcome members from all backgrounds who are California born.

Dedications of California Historical Sites

Check out the new database with over 1200 entries highlighting the historical, educational, civic and military dedications performed by the Native Sons since the Order’s inception (1875). The database can be sorted by dedication name, year, city, county, and type.

Click here to view Dedications Database

Sausalito Police and Fire Facilities 2010

Sausalito Police and Fire Facilities 2010

Jacoby Storehouse, Arcata 2012

Jacoby Storehouse, Arcata 2012

Strugeons Mill, Sebastopol 2011

Strugeons Mill, Sebastopol 2011

Sausalito Police and Fire Facilities 2010

Sausalito Police and Fire Facilities 2010

Sausalito Dedication team 2010

Sausalito Dedication team 2010

Railroad and Transportation Museum - Nevada City 2011

Railroad and Transportation Museum - Nevada City 2011

The Grizzly Bear

This was a monthly magazine donated to all California, published by Grizzly Bear Publications and owned by the Native Sons of the Golden West. It was in publication from 1907 through 1954 and contained stories about California, the Native Sons, and the Native Daughters. The San Francisco Public Library has digitized most of the copies of this magazine and are now on-line for viewing at http://sflib1.sfpl.org/record=b1842377~S1. Great reading for all those interested in California history.