The History Center promotes the understanding and appreciation of San Luis Obispo County history through preservation, education, and collaboration.

County Board of Supervisors
City Council


The History Center collects, preserves, and exhibits historic artifacts, records, images, and documents and provides access to its collections in both traditional and digital forms for research, study, and educational purposes. The History Center cooperates with other regional organizations and promotes their goals and programs.


The History Center envisions a community of San Luis Obispo County residents who are informed about their past, present, and future, through the resources and tools provided them by the History Center, our local educational institutions, and other sources. The History Center believes that an impartial understanding of the past provides the community with an identity and the power to control its future. The History Center commits its purpose to providing the tools and the forum to preserve this history.