By emphasizing philanthropy and always working for a better industry, The Dutra Museum Foundation is passionately committed to its community, including its  annual funding of the higher education scholarships for Rio Vista High School and the Portuguese Historical and Cultural Society. To learn more about the history of these scholarships, click here.

The Dutra Museum Foundation in Rio Vista, CA was created to educate visitors about the history of dredging; the development and reclamation of the California Delta and the important role that the Dutra Museum Foundation and the Dutra family has played for more than a century in California’s Central Valley and San Francisco Bay.

Located in a century-old craftsman-style mansion, The Dutra Museum of Dredging holds a vast collection of vintage photographs, historical documents and other artifacts, such as a family history mural and a mammoth bone extracted from a Delta island. This collection is unique in its scope and size and covering the period that began after the introduction of steam-powered dredging equipment to the California Delta.

With a goal to raise and manage funds that are earmarked for the expansion, preservation, exhibition and interpretation of the Museum’s collection for public use and for scholarly research, the Dutra family is proud to chronicle this period in California’s history and share it with the world.

The Dutra Museum Foundation is proud to sponsor North Bay Children's Center at this year's annual golf tournament. Here is a little about the organization and the good work they do in our community:

For 34 years the North Bay Children’s Center (NBCC) has helped thousands of families give their kids the very best start during a child’s most critical and formative years of development. They have 13 locations in Marin and Sonoma counties, serving families all over the bay area.

NBCC is widely recognized as a leader in early care and education; providing families – the majority low income, with high quality child care and early child development programs that focus on school readiness, as well as comprehensive family support programs that nurture and enhance family life such as parent education, tuition assistance, daily meals for children, and subsidies for low-income families.

Thanks to the Dutra Museum Foundation and your support, golf tournament proceeds will go directly to NBCC’s Bright Futures Campaign to rebuild its Novato C Street facility. The new child development center will double NBCC’s capacity to serve more families and include community gardens and learning lab to extend NBCC’s innovative programs to child care providers throughout our region.  

Your support will help NBCC provide north bay children with a safe, permanent, modern, and nurturing learning environment that represents best practices in early childhood education.

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For more information, contact Patty at • 415-258-4796