Since its conception, the Galt Area Historical Society has (GAHS) not only preserved the history of this area, it has made history. Since October 1987, the keepers of the stories have created a museum in the Rae House, restored both Liberty and Elliott pioneer cemeteries, published a children’s history book of Galt, assembled well over 1,000 pictures of old Galt, restored the McFarland Living History Ranch and now publishes a monthly newsletter, “The Tower Views.”

According to Rhonda Smith, membership chairperson, members play an important role.

“(Members) protect and preserve our historical records and also interpret the past for the pubic, especially our younger Galtonians,” Smith said. “As you join or renew your membership, you connect with us in our mission of engaging and empowering each other to make history a meaningful part of our contemporary lives.”

The society also adds so much charm by hosting events throughout the year. They sponsor Kite Day, antique car shows, a ladies’ tea, antique farm equipment show, pioneer days for school groups, wine and food tastings, as well as group luncheons for area clubs.

Dues are tax deductible; and individual memberships are $20, individual lifetime membership is $200, family $40, family lifetime $250, student $10, business or corporation $50.

The historical society is present on Facebook and through Snapshots of Galt History. Check out its website at or email them at Contact phone is 209-730-3127 and mailing address is P.O. Box 782, Galt, CA 95632.