213 Buck Avenue
Vacaville, CA 95688
Wednesday - Sunday from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Once we receive your complete proposal, Museum staff will carefully consider review your item to make a decision based on criteria such as its relevance to the Vacaville Museum Mission, how well it fits with plans for the Museum Collection, whether it is in good condition, and whether we can adequately care for it in the future. Not all donation offers can be accepted.
The fruit-growing potential of the valleys around Vacaville was beginning to be fully appreciated when California Illustrated No. 1 - The Vacaville Early Fruit District was published in 1888. The booklet featured full-color plates of all aspects of the fruit-growing industry -- from growing, picking, packing, drying and transporting the fresh and dried fruits -- all meticulously drawn from photographs. The author, Professor Edward Wickson from the University of California, and the photographer, William R Nutting, were proud of their accuracy, offering copies of the photos that could be compared with the plates. Nutting also photographed the growers' homes and families to show the level of comfort provided by the industry. He took photos of schools and businesses in town as well, making it a strong promotional piece for the community as well as the fruit-growing industry.
The heyday of the fruit-growing industry in Vacaville began in the 1870s. By the 1880s refrigerated railroad cars were being used to ship the goods all over the country, and even to Hawaii and Europe. Local growers and Professor Wickson were writing treatises and books on how to grow the fruits that did so well in the area.
The Vacaville Museum's exhibit, "Through the Lens - Our Fruitful Heritage", which runs April 6 to September 15, 2019, will show 75 of William Nutting's photographs taken for the book, California Illustrated No. 1 - The Vacaville Early Fruit District. Juxtaposed with the color plates from the book, viewers can compare the photos to the plates just as the authors intended. Maps will help locate the orchards identified in the photos, and a recreated cutting/packing shed with fruit wagon will be displayed.
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2019 - LAST CALL FOR PRIVATE COLLECTIONS FOR UPCOMING SHOW
"Solano Collects” is opening October 4, 2019--and your collection could be part of it. The Museum is searching for interesting, unique or important collections in Solano County. Perhaps you inherited your collection and continue to add to it. Or, maybe you began it at a very young age and still find hunting for the items a fascinating pursuit. We are looking for a wide-range of collections—including paintings, furniture, photographs, sculptures, historical items, things of whimsy, items from different cultures and countries, folk art, antiques, mid-century pieces, large items and miniatures, too--and collectibles the Museum hasn’t even thought of. Solano County residents have a treasure trove of special collections and this is the time to show them off.
Here’s how it works:
If you are a Solano County resident and would like to submit your collection for review by the Museum’s anonymous jury panel for consideration to be shown at the Vacaville Museum’s upcoming October 2019 exhibit, “Solano Collects”, please:
Music will fill the air at the Vacaville Museum: Center for Solano County History & Culture during a live classical concert, Music at the Museum at 2 pm on Saturday July 13, 2019. As part of its newly established Arts & Lectures Series, the Museum will host the Sacramento Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Susan Lamb Cook.
The exciting musicians, ages 12-19 are accomplished artists have been selected to participate in the rigorous chamber music program as part of the Sacramento Youth Symphony summer program. They have each been mentored by a professional musician and the entire program is directed by internationally recognized Sacramento Philharmonic cellist and UC Davis lecturer, Susan Lamb Cook. In addition to initiating this outstanding program 30 years ago, Ms. Lamb Cook concertizes and teaches throughout the world.
The young musicians undergo intensive training in performance skills, ensemble playing, chamber music literature and rehearsal technique. The program emphasizes excellence in all areas of musicianship and has been recognized both regionally and nationally for the outstanding and unique opportunity that it is. The proof is in the playing! Audiences respond to their concerts with overwhelming enthusiasm, joy and awe.
Among the selections to be played at the one-hour concert are works by Beethoven, Corelli, Haydn, Mozart and Britten. Ms. Lamb-Cook will introduce each piece, giving explanations and background to enhance the experience for all.
The Vacaville Museum is honored to present this outstanding group and their noted director as a part of the Arts & Lectures series. The series continues to be a sought after community out-reach program as well as serving to enhance the Museum’s current successful exhibition, Through the Lens: Our Fruitful Heritage.
The concert is a free “Family-Fun-Day” and is open to all. Suggested minimum age for children attending is 5. This is a very popular event and seating in the Museum gallery is very limited. Reservations are strongly suggested and may be made by calling the Museum at 707-447-4513.
The always popular Vacaville Museum Guild’s Annual Children’s Party is Thursday, August 8, 2019, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, in the Museum courtyard, 213 Buck Ave. There will be crafts and games, face painting by the Rainbow Girls, bubble making, a science booth, a 4-H Petting Zoo, Mother Goose, a Lego Building Station, Mr. Pickle, and Oops C. Daisy the Clown, plus other characters to entertain the children. Police, CHP, and Firefighters, along with their vehicles, will also be present, if not needed elsewhere.
The Party, sponsored by Vacaville Fire Fighters IAFF Local #3501, along with prizes from McDonalds, is geared toward ages 3-9, with at least 1 adult required per 5 children. Please bring your own bag for carrying the day’s crafts and treasures, and there are no strollers allowed.
Tickets go on sale June 30, at the Vacaville Museum, Wed-Sun, 1-4:30 pm. The cost is $3.00 per person, which includes popcorn, ice-cream tasting from Fenton’s Creamery, and a hot dog lunch. Everyone entering the courtyard needs a ticket and parents are encouraged to buy early, as the event usually sells out. Sales are cash or check only. Financial assistance with the purchase of tickets is available. Please inquire at the Museum. Ticket entrance time choices are 10 and 10:45. For more information, call 707-447-4513.
The Jim Lawrenz Memorial Golf Tournament honors the memory of James (Jim) Lawrenz. Jim was a tremendous friend and supportive contributor to the Museum. Both he and his wife, Heidi Campini, became involved in providing service to a number of local community non-profit organizations. As a life member of the Vacaville Museum, Jim served as the President of the Museum Board for a number of years. At the time of his passing in 2013, Jim was the Chairman of the Board of the NorthBay Healthcare Foundation. Jim loved his life in Solano County – the history, the golf, the wine, the community, and we know Jim would be honored to have you enjoy and support this event in his memory. More information on the tournament to follow.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019- Annual Onion Soup! Please join us as we celebrate the downtown Vacaville's Merriment on Main annual tree lighting ceremony with our traditional onion soup! Our amazing museum guild members will be hosting the evening with delicious soup and live entertainment by local groups throughout the evening. Free Admission
*Schedule subject to change.
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April 27, 2019 The History & Evolution Photography - Sponsored by The Vacaville Museum Guild Board
May 18, 2019 Our Orchards of the Past and Fruit Trees of Today - Sponsored by Jean & Hutson Brazelton: The Brazelton Ranch
June 15, 2019 Family Fun Art Day: Murals & Tapestries - Sponsored by First Northern Bank
July 13, 2019 Museum Musicale - Sponsored by The Ethel & Louis Surowitz Musical Scholarship Fund
August 17, 2019 Family Fun Photography Day: Pinhole to Digital - Sponsored by Jill Blechschmidt: McGuire Capital Group
September 7, 2019 Your “Fruitful Heritage”: - Sponsored by Anita & Frank Lopez
We are grateful for your consideration of sponsoring this exciting exhibition and its show-related free community events.
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Join us today, we look forward to sharing our upcoming programs and exhibitions with you. Come down and visit our information desk!
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Vacaville Museum is a non-profit, community benefit 501(c)(3) institution, IRS#94-2803010. Nearly 40% of our budgeted annual operating income is from gifts, donations, and memberships. Your help sustains our work.
Thank you for your support!
The primary volunteer core for the Museum is the Museum Guild. Guild volunteers work with Museum staff to provide valuable events, gallery activities and fundraisers that support the museum. Museum Guild members staff the museum reception desk and gallery during operating hours and coordinate the Docent program. For more information on joining the museum Guild, its policies, dues and calendar of events, please give us a call (707) 447-4513.
Our store has transformed into a small exhibit showcasing the History of Vacaville. Come check it out!
Featured Vacaville Museum Publications:
NEW ARRIVAL! Malaquias Montoya Catalog showcasing our current exhibit Women I Have Encountered is now available for purchase!
Nut Tree Remembered - The Cookbook
3rd printing NOW AVAILABLE!
40 recipes and more than 100 photos and graphics from the Nut Tree Restaurant and Retail Stores which closed in 1996. $25.00 each plux tax. Phone orders and shipping are available.
Omo i de - Memories of Vacaville's Lost Japanese Community
Telling the story of the Japanese community in Vacaville prior to the May 1942 internment of WWII.
Solano's Gold - The People and Their Orchards
Conversations and photos of farmers and ranchers tracing the history of the fruit industry in Solano County.
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