The goal of the Modesto Heritage Center is to improve the quality of life of the people of Modesto through research, preservation, and teaching about the city’s history and built environments. We do this in a way that promotes community, explores contemporary issues, and supports planning for a better future, and that is of, by, and for all the people of Modesto. Modesto Heritage Center is part of Building a Better Modesto, a program of the Modesto Art Museum.
Research: Conduct and facilitate research into the history of Modesto and its built environments, how that history effects contemporary Modesto, and how it can help us plan for the future.
Preservation: Encourage and facilitate the preservation of history, historic documents, artifacts, heritage buildings, and historic landscapes.
Education: teach about Modesto’s history and built environments, the value of historic preservation and restoration, how to do historic research, and how to apply for historic designation status.