Sutter County Museum not only has a new name, but also a fresh temporary exhibit that will reopen to the public on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  at the 1333 Butte House Road location in Yuba City. 

Jessica Hougen, museum curator and director, said the sixth-month renovation hinged on “preparing the building and getting it much better looking.” 

But Hougen said there will also be a new temporary exhibit detailing more of the history of Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter in the 1900s, who dabbled in other areas like gardening. The exhibit, named “Frida Kahlo’s Garden” will put more of a clearer  focus on her other passions.

“It focuses on her love of gardening and native landscape and how that influences her artwork,” Hougen said. “History is important. We exist to be the memory of this community.” 

She said there are other areas of the museum which will give more of an understanding of the history of the Yuba-Sutter region. 

“Yuba-Sutter has always been one community,” Hougen said. “So many of us live on one side of the river and work on the other so we really consider ourselves to be covering the Yuba-Sutter region.”

The museum, she said, has something to offer for both residents new to the area and folks who have been here for generations. 

“We tell the story of the Yuba-Sutter community,” Hougen said.  “It helps us remember our past and not make the same mistakes that our predecessors did.”

In addition to a newer building and exhibit, Hougen said there will soon be a fresh monument-type sign out front of the location, better helping guide people into the museum. 

A surprise Hougen often gets is that people had no idea there was a museum in Sutter County in the location where it resides. 

She hopes the new sign will help alleviate some of the past concerns regarding the Sutter County Museum. 

The new name, Sutter County Museum, will still have some of its old flavor for a while anyway, as the brochures are still being printed with Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County as the title, Hougen said. 

Reopening to feature music, food

The free event this weekend will include food trucks – Masa Guiseria and Potato Patoto – live music and kids activities. It will also give community members a first look at the museum’s new temporary exhibit, as well as updated permanent exhibits.

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