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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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Art Exhibition Call For Submissions - From Fog to Flood - Pictorial images of Water in the San Lorenzo Valley and surrounding area.

Date: August 1 - 31, 2017

On Exhibition At: Community Wall, Santa Cruz County Government Building, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz.

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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.

The San Lorenzo Valley Museum is seeking original artwork from local artists. Please submit photographs or digital images of up to five (5) works with your entry form. There is no fee to participate.

Download Application Here

Media includes Painting, Dry Media, Mixed Media, Photography, Needlework, Etc. Local artists may submit up to five works for consideration. All work must be original in concept. Submit photographs or digital images of artwork to be considered.

History Talk: California Powder Works with Barry Brown

Date: Sunday July 16, 2017, 3pm

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

Cost: Free, Donations Appreciated.

CPW Talk

Join California Powder Works historian Barry Brown as he talks about the first commercial gunpowder producer in the West, whose plant was located in Santa Cruz County, where Paradise Park now exists. His lecture will cover a period from 1861 to 1914 and will focus on the impact the CPW had on Santa Cruz and the Western United States. It will include dozens of restored photographs of gunpowder production and an explanation of just how gunpowder was made here. 

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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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