Exeter historian Chris Brewer honored with historical award of merit
President of the Courthouse Gallery and Museum Association presented with the Conference of California Historical Societies 2018-2019 Award of Merit
PLACERVILLE – There are those who write history, those who make history and then those who do both.
Chris Brewer, president of the Courthouse Gallery and Museum Association and curator/director of the Exeter Historical Museum, was honored in Placerville on June 22 at the Conference of California Historical Societies (CCHS) with the 2018-2019 Award of Merit.
The awards honor the outstanding accomplishments of individuals and organizations serving the interests of CCHS. The awards are the organization’s way of “thanking those whose contributions to California history add luster and significance to the lives around them.”
The CCHS also thanked Ken Hooper of the Kern County Historical Society for taking the time to recognize Chris and nominate him for his service.
Chris Brewer is the great-grandson of Colonial Thomas Baker, the founder of Bakersfield. He is considered the premier historian in Central California and is well-known for sharing his love of history to those doing research or giving talks to historical groups.
Brewer is a member of numerous historical organizations and was certified by the California Department of Transportation to identify and document historic properties, a rare designation. He has been assisting with the Kern County Historical Society’s recent Historic Route 66 signage project.
Brewer and his wife, Sally, own Book Garden in Exeter, which specializes in local history books. He has written more than 10 books and has also republished a number of historian Frank Latta’s books, enabling newer audiences to become acquainted with native peoples and early pioneer histories of the Central Valley of California.
Brewer’s history archive is among the largest private history archives in California, and specializes in the history of Central California. The archive contains over a half million photographs of California’s history. along with an extensive collection of books and rare historic information files with material dating back to pre-California statehood.
Brewer is a professional picture framer and owns Downtown Gallery in Exeter, next to Book Garden and Exeter Flower Company.