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Chico Museum

History of Chico for the education and enjoyment of the community.

Calendar Events

FUTURE EVENTS - DATES AND DETAILS TBD

  • Spring Lecture Series March to May 2018 (Watch for topics and detailed schedule information as it becomes available.)
  • WWI Commemoration Event March 2018
  • Booth Events (Schedule will publicize when and where Chico Museum booth is located.)
  • Field Trip Events (Schedule will publicize what Chico Community group is visiting Chico Museum on a date.)

EVENTS / EXHIBITS FOR November, 2017

EVENTS / EXHIBITS FOR December, 2017

Title
THE STORYBOOK HOUSES OF CHICO
When
Saturday December 2, 2017, 10:00 am
Where
Chico Museum at 141 Salem (corner of 2nd ST and Salem)
Cost
Suggested Donation: $5
Details

Well known Chico author, photographer and resident Douglas Keister will present this program focusing on the "Storybook Style" of residential home architecture and especially on that storybook style here in Chico. Storybook Style??? "Storybook Style, fairy tale, Disneyesque, Hansel and Gretel - these are all synonyms for what is surely the most delightful residential architectural style of the twentieth century. The Storybook Style was born on the backlots of Hollywood in the early 1920s, where brilliant set designers first learned to evoke the exotic architecture of medieval Europe and the Middle East. Movie-going Americans became fascinated with these settings, and architects and builders were quick to capitalize on this enthusiasm By the late 1920s, the whimsical style had spread to Chico, California, where builder Orville Tracy developed Eastwood Park, a subdivision of over 100 homes, calling his interpretation of Storybook Style "Homes of the Moment".

Douglas Keister - photographer and co-author of the book "Storybook Style: America's Whimsical Homes of the 1920s" calls Tracy's Eastwood Park "one of the largest intact enclaves of Storybook Style homes in America". Doug's informative, image-packet lecture will feature emphasis given to Eastwood Park in Chico. Doug will have his books available for purchase and signing.

Title
CHICO VECINO - CHICO'S NEIGHBOR
When
Saturday December 9, 2017, 10:00am
Where
Chico Museum at 141 Salem (corner of 2nd ST and Salem)
Cost
Suggested Donation: $5
Details

Ed Birtcil, Marge Maddux, and Dave Nopel, all with lifetimes of residency and work in Chico Vecino, will present a program about the area of Chico known today as "the avenues". This general area had been the agricultural heart of Bidwell's Ranch Chico, but as John and Annie drifted into advancing age, as well as being deeply in debt, the Bidwell's opened the sale of the area in 1888 as Chico Vecino, generally meaning "Chico's Neighbor". Dave Nopel will present a brief overview of the end years of Rancho Chico and the sale of the ranch, and then Ed, Marge, Dave and perhaps others, will "roundtable" with reminiscences and discussion about life in Chico Vecino during their own times. The presentation will feature projected pictures to compliment the program.