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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.

A Walk to the Powder Works Dam Site

Date: October 8, 2017, 10am

Join naturalist Fred McPherson, historian and geologist Frank Perry, and California Powder Works Exhibition curator Lisa Robinson on a walk to the site of the California Powder Works dam. See remnants of the flume that carried water to a tunnel through the hogsback, and the concrete jetty used to divert water from the river to the flume via a sluice gate; remnants of which can also be seen. Meet in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Rincon parking lot on Highway 9.

CPW Dam Walk Flyer


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

Date: October 1 - 31, 2017


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

Louise Cunningham Artwork

The Smithsonian Is Coming!

Fundraising Dinner

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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