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Local History Days

The East Contra Costa Historical Society works hand-in-hand with the Brentwood, Byron, Knightsen, and Oakley School Districts to enhance study of local history for all third grade students.

Tours of the restored Byer-Nail farmhouse built in 1878, toolshed, and grounds including restored fire engines, caboose, and schoolhouse provides information about the rich history of East Contra Costa County.

In the afternoon, that history is brought to life through hands-on activities when students step back into the late 1800’s to experience a day in school, play games, and do chores of the time period.

1,500 students plus 300 parents participate in the Local History Days at the ECCHS Museum annually.  Many report that it is the best field trip ever!


3rd grade Classroom Visits are scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during April and May and throughout September and October.

If you are interested in being a Docent for the 3rd grade Classroom Visits, contact:

Mary Black  at  jdmcblack@comcast.net or 925-206-5087

All Docents attend an initial training session to gain background information about local history and the displays in the museum areas.

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