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Blasts from the Past - The Explosive Story of the California Powder Works

Date: Now - October 8, 2017

Join Us At: The San Lorenzo Valley Museum, 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, Map.

Cost: Free, Donations Appreciated.

Sponsors: Funded in part by donations in memory of Henri Raab, and with the support of Bay Photo Labs.

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The California Powder Works (CPW) was the first explosives manufacturer in the West. When Du Pont acquired a controlling interest in the company in 1903 it was considered the “largest powder-making concern in the world.”

This exhibition draws from the research of California Powder Works historian Barry Brown. Through narrative, photographs, artifacts, and hands on activities, this exhibition tells the history of this extraordinary company and how it utilized the San Lorenzo River as the power source for it operations.

Video Talk: Getting to Know Our Watershed

Date: Saturday May 6, 2017, 3pm

Join Us At: Highlands Park Senior Center, 8500 Highway 9, Ben Lomond, Map.

Cost: Free, Donations Appreciated.

Join local videographers Fred and Roberta McPherson as they share their insightful and entertaining documentary, entitled “Getting to Know Our Watershed: Fall Creek,” funded by an educational grant from the SLV Water District, and be the first to view their mystery short feature presented for the first time anywhere. 

In addition there will be the premier screening of their latest video "Life in a Wood Pile."


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Hometown Teams explores the deep roots of sports in American culture, and shows how we engage in and watch sports to have fun, build up our communities, and support each other.

Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.



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