Exciting things are afoot at the Cambria Historical Museum. This week we celebrate the occasion of the 20,000th visitor to cross our threshold since we opened to the public in December 2008. Yes, we’ve happily been keeping count, and have made plans to salute that person and/or family with champagne and dessert sometime between 2 and 4 p.m. on the afternoon of Wednesday, the Fourth of July. We know that many folks will be celebrating with all sorts of wonderful activities at Shamel Park, but the Otter Trolley will be there to ferry all interested parties to and from our location at Burton Drive and Center Streets in historic East Village. This week’s Cambrian went to press prior to the holiday, so look for photos in next week’s Cambrian.
While touring the museum and gardens, be sure to view the breathtaking photos of the construction and opening of Highway 1 from Cambria north to Carmel, which celebrated its 75th anniversary last week. The highway history is on permanent display, in return for a generous $50,000 grant from Caltrans, which was one of several which enabled us to purchase and restore the former Guthrie-Bianchini House in 2001.
Displays such as this are created entirely as a labor of love by volunteer members, and are always a work in progress. In June the third graders from Cambria Grammar School exhibited their class projects depicting early day Chumash, and fourth graders created depictions of the California gold rush.
Coming soon will be a special pictorial display of the Piedras Blancas Light Station to mark the 10th anniversary of the ceremony marking transfer of the site from the Coast Guard to the Bureau of Land Management in May 2002, and the beginning of light station restoration efforts.
Peruse our Wall of Honor, crafted by Roger Robinson, with plaques to recognize all the folks and organizations who have benefited our efforts to provide the community with this fine museum and heirloom gardens.
In August we will feature the 19 out of 100 “angels” who have thus far helped to pay down the mortgage to below 50 percent! By “burning the mortgage” our organization can provide monies for five other dedicated funds; among them, the Educational Committee, which recently presented Coast Union High School graduate Luis Gonzalez with a $1,000 scholarship.
Fundraising is also an ongoing reality for Cambria Historical Society members. Having reinstated our tradition of Heritage Days, we are already moving on to plans for the fourth annual Harvest Festival in October. In conjunction with the wildly successful Scarecrow Festival, with original and creative characters on display throughout Cambria during the entire month, the Harvest Festival has become our major fundraiser.
We kick off with a Beer and Brats Barbecue, cosponsored with Sunrise Rotary, on Friday night, Oct. 12. On Saturday, Oct. 13, the SLO Pokes will return to our back yard stage to play live music. (Vendors may now register for booth space out front and along Center Street; contact Penny Church at 927-1442.) Plan ahead for Sunday’s Talent Show and the Harvest Pie Contest, with details and registration available in August.
All this fun needs plenty of enthusiastic participation, to put it on as well as generate attendance. Join us in this special effort! See our website for membership information, and/or visit us during regular museum hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. You can also go to www.cambria historicalsociety.comand visit our sister site at www.cambriascarecrows . com.
Consuelo Macedo is a Cambria Historical Society board member.