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Community Event: Saturday April 26 - November 30, 2014
Crystals, Caves, and Kilns - A Special Exhibition

Crystals, Caves, and Kilns: This special exhibition, which was on display earlier this year at the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum, will open at the San Lorenzo Valley Museum on April 26, 2014 and will be on display though the end of November 2014.

The exhibition explores the natural and cultural history of limestone, lime, and marble in the Felton – Santa Cruz area. Visitors will learn about the geologic history of the area and how marble caves form. There will be displays of mineral and crystal specimens, 19th century artifacts and historic photographs from the local lime industry, and activity stations for our younger visitors.

Watch for announcements of upcoming programs associated with this special exhibition. The exhibition was curated by Frank Perry, paleontologist, geologist, co-author of the book Lime Kiln Legacies.

Exhibition sponsors are the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, the San Lorenzo Valley Museum, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District, and the Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District at UCSC.

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The story begins in the winter of 1900, a female writer sent a bold letter to the Santa Cruz Sentinel urging citizens to preserve the old growth redwoods in Big Basin. Just fifteen months later, the first California Redwood State Park became a reality. Dr. Traci Bliss will combine social, political, and family history to provide a fresh perspective on the Park’s creation, with emphasis on the unsung role of women.

The Bliss family settled in Santa Cruz in the 1870’s. Jennie Bliss, the sister of Traci’s great grandfather, married William T. Jeter, lawyer, bank president and the first Democrat to be elected mayor of Santa Cruz. Through Jennie’s persistent urging, Jeter embraced the campaign to save the Big Basin Redwoods. Together with Andrew P. Hill, he forged a preservationist coalition of women’s groups, businessmen and academics.

Speaker Traci Bliss, an Emeritus Professor and award winning educator holds a BA, MA, and PhD from Stanford and an MPA from the University of Texas at Austin. She serves as the President of the History Forum at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH). With San Lorenzo Valley historian, Randall Brown, she is the author of three chapters in the forthcoming MAH History Journal: Redwood Logging and Conservation in the Santa Cruz Mountains—A Split History. Bliss has been a docent at Henry Cowell Redwood State Park since 2009.

Tickets are: $20.00 (SLV Museum members, students (with ID shown) and seniors 65+, $25.00 general public. Tickets are available at SLV Museum (12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek) and ON-LINE HERE.

Ticket price includes wine and desserts. For more information and to RSVP please call Lynda Phillips at 831-338-8382.

Thank you to our sponsors for making this talk possible: Toll House Resort and Bill and Cheryl Luehmann.

Join us at:
Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond. Map


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