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The de Saisset Museum, a free museum of art and history located on campus, houses several permanent exhibitions that preserve our diverse cultural heritage in a sustainable and engaging manner. The California History Collection displays the history of the area from the pre-contact period and the founding of Mission Santa Clara through the Gold Rush and the early years of Santa Clara College.
Juxtaposed with the likes of today, tanning in the mid-1800s referred to something quite different and was, in fact, one of the earliest, successful manufacturing businesses in Santa Clara.
Every month, the Cultural Resources Management program will share their archaeological findings, connecting us with the natural and cultural history of Mission Santa Clara. Understanding the campus before it became the University we know today will serve educational and research purposes, as well as showcase the University's values in sustainable stewardship and community identity through a sense of place.
We tend to think about sustainability in terms of the present and the future. But how do we sustainably preserve the past? Although most Broncos are familiar with the Mission Church, many are unaware of the efforts that SCU takes to preserve its cultural and historical heritage. The efforts of the archaeological team, the de Saisset Museum, the California Legacy Project, and others on campus demonstrate the importance of preserving our diverse cultural heritage in a sustainable and engaging manner.