Programs & Events



April 28

Pre-season ArtWeek Event – Retracing Native Histories on the Landscape with Rob Hoogs

Before it officially opens for the season, visit the Bidwell House Museum for a special guided tour of the gardens and grounds with Board President and land-use expert Robert Hoogs. As you explore the Native American presence that pre-dated early settler history—this was not the “howling wilderness” often portrayed—you can consider how Mohicans lived on this land for centuries before and after the English settlers. Sitting on 192 acres, this tour will show you some of the 4 miles of forest trails and stone walls on the Bidwell grounds.  FREE.  10 a.m.



May 27

Concert and Opening Celebration. A Silver Dagger: Exploring Women’s History Through Folksongs with Diane Taraz– Passed down for generations, folk songs show centuries of attitudes and beliefs that have fascinating echoes in our lives today. Through music that brims with energy and humor, determination and despair, Diane looks at ordinary people in centuries past, finding in old songs many clues to the inner lives of people in Europe and America from about 1500 to 1850. Women left few written records, but we can learn much about them through the music they used to speed their work, lift their spirits, or ease an aching heart. With a sparkling voice and wry humor, Diane performs songs of love, childbirth, marriage and adventure in traditional dress and accompanies her singing with lap dulcimer and English guitar (the type of instrument played by women back then). She often sings with voice alone, the most authentic style, exploring the joys and sorrows of a world lit only by fire.  A reception to celebrate the end of a successful capital campaign and the new completed restoration of the house will follow the concert.  Refreshments will be served. No charge but donations are welcome. 3 p.m.

Please note: the museum is closed for tours this day.


May 28

Opening Day for House Tours!

The first tour begins at 11a.m. and they run every hour on the hour with the last tour beginning at 3 p.m.