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Centennial Exhibit not to miss
May 5, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - June 20, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Centennial of the Panama Pacific International Exposition at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, May 5 – June 20, 2015
Come celebrate 100 years of innovation and wonder with the Museum of the San Ramon Valley.
Back in 1915, the San Francisco Bay Area was very excited about the Panama Pacific International Exposition. The Panama Canal had just opened in 1913 and San Francisco had proudly rebuilt after the 1906 Earthquake. The City hosted a grand exposition that drew nearly 19,000,000 visitors to the fair site in only 9 months. It happened in what we know today as the Marina District. Visitors rode the enormous Aeroscope, watched aeroplanes soar in loops overhead and dive earthward, saw a phenomenal light show and rubbed shoulders with luminaries such as Luther Burbank, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, President Theodore Roosevelt and many others. Even the famous Liberty Bell came to San Francisco. Now in 2015, the same region has again mounted a kaleidoscope of attractions to celebrate anew that same spirit of innovation with an equal measure of enthusiasm just as in 1915.
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is a proud core partner along with all the other major cultural groups. We will feature “California Invites the World” coming directly to us from the Capitol Museum in Sacramento. It contains a magnificent display of Panama Pacific artifacts lent to us by the California State Library and private collectors. There is a great color DVD of the exposition and a very funny 1915 silent film featuring two popular comedians of that era who visited the fair.
On May 14, 2015 at 7 pm in the Danville Library, Laura Ackley, author of a brand new book: San Francisco’s Jewel City, will take us on a tour of the exposition using beautiful color photographs.
Do not miss this exhibit or Laura Ackley!
Museum of the San Ramon Valley
205 Railroad Avenue, Danville, CA 94526
Tuesday – Friday 1:00 – 4:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday Noon – 3:00pm