Historical Society of Winters Expresses itself

The Historical Society of Winters is planning a soft opening for their first brick-and-mortar museum later this month.

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The Winters Express, 13 Russell St. This building was originally headquarters for the Bureau of Reclamation during the construction of Monticello Dam/Solano Project. It has been known as the Rogers Building, served as a Yolo County Court and a Winters branch of Yolo County library. It will now become the long awaited site of the Winters Museum. On Friday, Nov. 30, from 6-9 p.m., the day before the tractor parade, the HSW will hold a soft grand opening. The HSW is welcoming all admirers of Historical Winters, especially the past, current and future residents of the city, to come collectively peek into the past and celebrate its rich historical value. In this exhibition, HSW plans to showcase a short 26 minute film, shot in 1968 by the United States Information Agency, featuring the inner workings of the oldest business in town, The Winters Express, which was founded in 1884. The movie is narrated by a young Newt Wallace, the town’s famous publisher and “worlds oldest paperboy.” Interestingly, the film was intended for an international audience only, and was checked out–according to Wallace, somewhat illicitly–from the Library of Congress. In the film Wallace walks through the inner workings of his news business and paper route around Winters as it was in the mid 60s, replete with lost buildings, well remembered residents and candid shots of day-to-day life. The movie will be explained with secondary narration by the Express’ 10th publisher and Historical Society of Winters member, Charley Wallace. Wallace is also featured in the film as himself, Newt’s young high-school aged son and budding mathematician. According to its website, “The Historical Society of Winters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich history of Winters through educational events, research, oral histories, photo and artifact exhibits. Our goals include creating a new Winters History Museum as a permanent home for our collections.” Gifts of monetary donations and personal and corporate membership to the society are appreciated. In emails with Gloria Lopez, a board member of the HSW, she states, “Future exhibits planned for the museum will feature various cultural groups (Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican), agriculture, the architecture of downtown buildings and historic houses, and sports – just to name a few. Winters’ residents are encouraged to loan or donate any items that they might have that would help tell and maintain the history of Winters. Also, the Museum Committee is always looking for volunteers that are interested in curating exhibits, being docents and participating in the planning and maintenance of the Winters Museum.” For more information, visit historicalsocietyofwinters.org, facebook.com/HistoricalSocietyofWinters/ or email historicalsocietyofwinters@gmail.com]]>

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