News

2021

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SUMMER NEWSLETTER

We have reopened!  Our regular hours are Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 PM.  Although we are open in a limited capacity at the moment, we are planning to extend our hours for the upcoming holiday season to best display our Annual Model Train Exhibit.

ANNOUNCING OUR NEW "WALK OF HONOR" FUNDRAISER     

                             

With the support of the Board of Directors, Joe Sanchez and Dr. Don Stover have been busy

making a special brick "Walk of Honor" to enhance the grounds and front entrance to the Museum. 

You have the opportunity to create a personalized, engraved message to honor an organization, an individual or a family, living or past. Your message will be inscribed on your brick before it is permanently placed into the Walk of Honor.  Here's your chance to leave a lasting impression on generations to come.  

FIRE SUPRESSION SYSTEM UPGRADE

Funds raised from the "Walk of Honor" project will provide income needed to retrofit the Museum with a State-of-the-Art Fire Suppression System.  Spearheaded by Dave LaPere, Fire Chief and our newest board member, this new system would immediately notify Porterville Fire and could potentially save valuable time needed to properly secure our irreplaceable historical relics.  The cost of the system will be upwards of $18,000, and as such, we are hoping for an enthusiastic response from the valued members of our community.

SALUTE TO OUR HERITAGE TEA PARTY

Other upcoming fundraisers include our "Salute to Our Heritage Tea Party," which will be hosted by the Museum on October 9, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. sharp.  It will be a celebration of days past, where staff will wear vintage hats and clothing, and you are encouraged to dress in a vintage spirit as well!  There will be a lecture and quilt show hosted by our own Susan Uptain, featuring quilts from both the Museum's collection as well as some from members of the community. 

CENTENNIAL EXHIBIT

Our new Centennial Exhibit celebrates the year of festivities in 1961 on the 100th birthday of Porterville (or near enough to it).  The collectables and memorabilia from the Centennial Year are located in our Special Exhibit Room, on the south side of the building, where we rotate exhibits throughout the year.

 

Signs of the Time

Recently acquired is the familiar sign to the former Porterville Drive-In Theatre.  The sign is now on display in our courtyard.

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The New Sign is electronic--allowing us to communicate in pictures as well as text.  Come see it for yourself.

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Our recently replaced street-side sign is now on display in our courtyard.  This sign required a volunteer to climb a ladder to change the message. 

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Baggage Cart Restored

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This baggage cart was used at the Southern Pacific Railroad Station here at the Museum in the early 1900's.  The red diamond-shaped sign is for the Railway Express Agency which handled the luggage and other packages being shipped via the rails.  Note:  There are less than 100 of these carts still in existence today.

Thanks to the Tulare County Historical Society for funding the restoration of this baggage cart. 

 

Thanks also to Bill Melton whose exceptional restoration skills have preserved this piece of local history for many years to come.

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Also pictured is the Baggage Room as it was in 1914.  The front tire and handle of the baggage cart is visible in the lower right corner of the photograph.  If the 1914 photo had been in color, the cart would have looked like it is today (as seen above).

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2020

Click on "Community Support" in the above menu to see our "2020 Year-In-Review."
 
You will also find an Honor Roll of our community supporters who help us further our mission and keep the lights on.

2019

Another Museum Success!  The 35th Annual Toy and Train Extravaganza of 2019 has concluded.  So many wonderful toys on display from years gone by curtesy of Bill Warner, new whimsical creations from Joe Sanchez, and trains, trains, trains!  Many thanks to our Curator, Sheila Pickrell, and the museum regulars (Diane, Ann, Bill, and Susan), to members of the Central California Model Train and Historical Society, and to our Trainmaster--Dr. Don Stover.  Thank you, also, for the support from our community and to all who visited.  Come back and see what we have in store for you after next Thanksgiving

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Contributed photo published by The Porterville Recorder

Museum Receives $2,000 Grant from
Bank of the Sierra 

The Bank of the Sierra has generously granted the Museum $2,000 towards the restoration and installation of the 1918 Smith's Market delivery truck.  Thank you Bank of the Sierra!

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