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About CHC has been compiled and continues to be augmented by historians, archeologists, researchers and writers. This site offers the most authoritative and comprehensive gold mine of historical information for historians, genealogists, residents and anyone with an interest in Calaveras County. The Calaveras Heritage Council was founded in 1976 to manage the Calaveras County Archives. It is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors consisting of five members: Tad Follendorf, Judith Marvin, Julia Costello, Shannon Van Zant, and Marueen Elliott.

Mission Statement:

The Calaveras Heritage Council is dedicated to the enhancement of the Calaveras County Archives and the protection and promotion of the historic assets of Calaveras County.


  • Support for the Calaveras County Archives.
  • Assisted in the publication of three books on Calaveras County by Arcadia Press (see below).
  • Maintain and add to the web site which provides histories of Calaveras people, places, and events to the public.

Members of the Council have recently published several books on local history which can be ordered from Arcadia Publishing: