The West Side Pioneer Association is an all-volunteer association with Tracy Historical Museum. We depend on the interested members of the community to donate their time to bring our cultural history to life. A group set with a lot of work from a number of people who researched the history of the town and its inhabitants. A great deal of research has gone into putting together knowledge and artifacts to include the culture and history of the Tracy Community for adults and (especially) school children. Tracy is a growing and progressive city that has become a major center focused on rail, agriculture and logistics.
The West Side Pioneer Association (WSPA) serves the Tracy area’s central historical society. The group was first founded in 1921, and named after European settlers in the Tulare Township on the west side of the San Joaquin River, and has become the focus of efforts to record and preserve the entire history of the Tracy region and surrounding area. Establishing a historic museum was a big organizational objective. The first museum on Bessie Avenue was opened in 1993 and later relocated to its new location on Adam Street in the Post Office building in the Depression era.
Today we have extended our mission to include youth and civic education, preserving historic landmarks and developing neighborhood historic archives.
Our aims are:
- To promote and foster research into Tracy’s rich cultural and natural heritage and the greater Tracy area (i.e., Tulare Township on survey maps).
- Label historical places, to encourage study and to facilitate the preservation of historical landmarks in Tulare Township.
- Assist the San Joaquin County and the State of California in gathering and preserving historical artifacts, and making them available to the public.
The WSPA / Tracy Historical Museum offers annual History Seminars and special events around subjects of local history or topics of general historical interest throughout the year. In December, the WSPA and Tracy Historical Museum host an annual holiday open house at the museum, which is also an officers ‘ installation. And the organization stages its annual fundraiser Corned Beef and Cabbage around St. Patrick’s Day in March. All activities offer great food and good company.