New exhibit opens at Vacaville Museum

Through the Lens: Our Fruitful Heritage is the newest exhibit to open at the Vacaville Museum

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Through the Lens: Our Fruitful Heritage is the newest exhibit to open at the Vacaville Museum: Center for Solano County History and Culture at 213 Buck Ave., Vacaville. The show opens Saturday, April 6 and runs through Sunday, September 15. This show highlights the “early fruit district” of Vacaville and the Solano County Valley. It features the photographs of William R. Nutting detailing the early orchard days of the valley along with images of the Victorian homes of the 1880’s. They were shot as part of a book, California Illustrated No.1 The Early Fruit District. The author of the book was the noted horticulturist, Professor Edward Wickson, from the University of California. The exhibit includes enlarged color photographs of the valley, hills and orchards along with 70 prints of the original images. Viewers can refer to maps of the area then and now, and be brought back to those early days with replicas of packing and cutting sheds. A smaller version of the packing shed is provided for inter-active activities for children. The centerpiece is a  a fruit wagon from the Martell ranch.  To enhance the exhibit, the Museum will have one special show-related event a month for the five-month run of the show. The events will be free and open to the entire community.   Workshops and events will include: An illustrated talk, “The History and Evolution of Photography, on Saturday, April 27; a nursery talk, “Our Orchards of the Past and Fruit Trees of Today in Your Own Back Yard”, Saturday, May 18; a Hands-on Workshop, Family Fun Day: Painting Murals and Tapestries, Saturday, June 15; a Family Concert: Classical Music in the Museum, Saturday, July 13; a Hands-on Workshop–Family Fun Photography Day: From Pinhole to Digital Camera, Saturday, August 17; and  a Roundtable Oral History Celebration: “Your Fruitful Heritage”, Saturday, September 7. For reservations to these free community events, call the Vacaville Museum at 707-447-4513  ]]>

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