Historians ready to show off museum
by Maddy Houk
Sep 06, 2012 | 1121 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At a glance

•WHAT: Historical museum’s grand reopening

•WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13

•WHERE: Patterson Museum, Center Building on Plaza Circle

•COST: $20 per ticket; no tickets sold at door

•INFO: Carol Scoles, 892-6068; or Chris Dennis, 415-850-3022

New paint is on the walls, new floors have been installed and display cases are shining.

The Patterson Township Historical Society is ready to reveal its revitalized museum in the Center Building on Plaza Circle with a grand reopening fundraiser Thursday, Sept. 13.

The fundraiser has a twofold purpose: to show off the work done this summer and to raise the money to pay for those renovations, which cost $12,000.

Ron Swift, museum curator, said the building was closed to the public right after the Apricot Fiesta, the first weekend in June.

“The work that has been done by many people, I consider to be spectacular,” Swift said. “I consider it to be a must-see for all Pattersonites.”

The results of hundreds of hours of work by numerous individual volunteers, as well as members of local service clubs, can be viewed in company with appetizers and beverages. Attendees are invited to wear casual or vintage attire.

The gathering at the museum is a repeat event for the historical society, which welcomed more than 100 people a year ago to celebrate new exhibits highlighting Patterson’s agriculture, schools and military connections and the Del Puerto Hotel.

This summer, Swift and volunteers moved displays out while Carol Scoles, the historical society’s president, and society member Lorene Moeller painted the museum’s walls in three colors — except one room, which is painted in four.

Patterson Lions Club members installed new floors, and Soroptimist International of Patterson members put together a display of wedding dresses through the years.

After months of work, Scoles is ecstatic that the renovations are complete and ready to welcome society members and guests.

“Last year’s event was a huge success, and this year it is even more exciting because of all the interior restoration and renovation,” Scoles said.

Swift noted that the museum will be open to the general public from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. From that point on, he hopes to have it open daily.

For now, though, Swift is looking for docents to keep the museum open on a regular basis. He said he wanted volunteers to commit to a three-hour shift every two months on a weekday afternoon or weekend. Those interested in volunteering can call him at 892-6355.

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or maddy@pattersonirrigator.com.

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