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Vacaville, CA 95688
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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.
The Museum is pleased to coordinate its second monthly Arts & Lectures series. The opening event will be “Collectors’ Connection” on Saturday November 2, 2019 from 10:30 am-12:00 pm, and will spotlight three very different and important collections representing a broad sweep of geography, history and art. Spend a morning at the Museum and get in-depth knowledge about three of the 30 collections in the exhibit.
Rochelle Stacey will tell the fascinating story of her uncle, Joe Boyd Williams, and his critical leadership role as the chief prosecutor for the Japanese War Tribunal which began after WWII in 1946 and ended in 1949. View his important memorabilia from that time, including the original signatures of all indicted officers, the gifts bestowed upon her aunt and uncle and more.
Collector, Tom Markle, is the foremost collector and authority on poet/artist Don Blanding. Tom has presented lectures about this fascinating artist throughout the country and is in the process of writing a book about Blanding, as well. His talk will be illustrated by Blanding’s original art work and ceramics which are currently on display in Solano Collects, as well as hear a sampling of the writings of “The Vagabond Poet’”—as Blanding was called.
Finally, be amused and amazed by Randy Nelson’s collection of carved wooden folk figures from around the world. And, see the intricate, interactive wooden toys created by Randy’s father in the 1950s and 1960s. He might even let you try to get Humpty Dumpty to fall from his wall! In addition to meeting and learning from these three collectors, Arts & Lectures guests will have time to view the entire Solano Collects exhibit with the Museum’s staff.
Tapping in on many of the show’s objects and collections, the Arts & Lectures series will be built around the Solano Collects exhibition. In the same way that the show offers something for everyone, so too, the Arts & Lectures series will appeal to a broad reach of interests and ages. Other events will all be the Museum’s popular “Family-Fun-Days”—featuring Painting: An Artist View Of The Show, Nov. 23rd; “Collector’s Connection: From Butter Churning to Lego Building, Dec. 14th; and African Drumming, Jan. 25th 2020. You won’t want to miss any of these exciting events.
*Schedule subject to change.
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