TOMORROW – SLV Museum Opening Reception for Bear With Us

2015-02 SLVM Bear With UsWhat: Opening Reception for the museums new exhibit Bear With Us

When: Sunday, February 15th, 2015 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: San Lorenzo Valley Museum

12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8382

In the late 1700s, the San Francisco peninsula was a wilderness, and home to large numbers of grizzlies. The abundance of food was shared between the hierarchy of wildlife and the native peoples; there was plenty for all. In just a few decades, this would change.

Confrontations between man and bear often resulted in death or serious injury. By the late-1800s there were few grizzlies left here and by 1900, grizzlies, once prolific, had been hunted to extinction.

This exhibition tells the stories of bear encounters, both grizzlies and black bears, in the Santa Cruz area from the late 1700s to the present day and reminds us that often our intolerance can lead to an unrecoverable and regrettable loss.

The exhibition includes hands-on activities for young visitors and interactive elements to engage visitors of all ages.

Exhibition Sponsored by: The Robinson Family, Travis Tree Professionals, A Team Tree Service, Christianson Tree Experts Co., Pacific Mountain Tree Service, Big Creek Lumber, Jeff Hill and Sons. Thanks to Bay Photo for their support in the printing of the exhibition panels.

Opening Reception Sponsored by: Big Basin Vineyards and New Leaf Community Market, Boulder Creek.

Artwork By Santa Cruz Artist Connie Williams

SLV Museum – Crystals, Caves, & Kilns

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SLV Museums’ new exhibit Crystals Caves & Kilns is now open and will be on display through November 30th 2014. It explores the natural and cultural history of limestone, lime, and marble in our area. By visiting you will learn about the geologic history of our area and how marble caves form. The exhibit includes mineral and crystal specimens, 19th century artifacts, local historic photographs, and activities for the kids.

The exhibit was previously on display at Santa Cruz Natural History Museum, and is sponsored by that museum as well as SLV Water District and the Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District.

At the entrance of the exhibit is a reading cave for the kids with books about cave life. Kids can also add their cave story or drawings with materials that are provided. There is a rock and minerals lab table in the back of the museum, allowing kids to examine and make their own discoveries.

The exhibit also includes information about our local marble quarry, making cement, production of lime, getting lime to market, and the legacy lime has left behind. There is a video playing that talks about a recently discovered cave that is one of the largest in California, as well as the kind of life you find in caves. There are calcite crystals, limestone, marble, travertine, and tufa samples for you to look at up-close and personal. As well as how lime is part of our everyday lives, maps, and how caves need our help to preserve them.

This exhibit has a little bit for everyone and is packed with information. The museum is open every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12:00noon till 4:00pm.

Where:    San Lorenzo Valley Museum
12547 Highway 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

When:    April 26th – November 30th 2014
Wednesdays 12:00noon – 4:00pm
Fridays 12:00noon – 4:00pm
Saturdays 12:00noon – 4:00pm
Sundays 12:00noon – 4:00pm


Film about the Lime industry in Santa Cruz

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LAST DAYS – SLV Museums’ Special Smithsonian Exhibit

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The exhibit has been extended for one more day, so if you have not seen it yet catch it before it’s gone. The last days is this Saturday and Sunday from 12:00noon – 4:00pm.

SLV Museum’s exhibit “The Way We Worked”, is a Smithsonian exhibition which have exhibits all over the United States. Our exhibit is from March 9 – April 12 now till April 13, 2014. The Way We Worked, is adapted from the original exhibition developed by the National Archives, explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. The exhibition draws from the Archives’ rich collections to tell this compelling story. The exhibition invites visitors to hear workers tell their own stories, or view films of various industries. Interactive components convey the experiences of multiple generations of families involved in the same industry. So go see it before it’s gone!

SLV Museum 2014 Essay Contest

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SLV Museum’s upcoming exhibit “The Way We Worked”, is a Smithsonian exhibition which have exhibits all over the United States. The exhibit is from March 9 – April 12, 2014. To help get the community involved, our Museum is also having an essay contest. 5th through 8th graders are asked to identify someone who has worked in the San Lorenzo Valley, meet them, interview them about their work experience in the valley, and write an essay about it. They recommend that a parent, guardian, or teacher accompany the student during the interview. The closing date for entries is April 17, 2014.

All 5th through 8th grade students of public, private, or charter schools in the Valley, and students who are home schooled. Work should be original and not taken from published or copyrighted materials.

To enter, print your full name, address, phone number, school name, grade, and your teacher’s name at the top of the first page on the left hand side. There are no length requirements; however your goal should be a minimum of 300 words or one full page. Entries may by typed or hand written. Entries may include supplemental material such as copies of photographs or documents. Entries may be in English or Spanish. Entries will be judged by a panel selected by the Museum.

Student Awards:
There will be two cash awards per grade, Best in Grade $50 and Runner-Up $25.

You may collect your students’ essays and submit them in a batch to the Museum. The closing date for entries is April 26, 2013. The combined entries of each class that submits five entries or greater will also be judged, and the teacher of the class considered to have the highest quality submissions will receive a $50 stipend. Batched entries should be placed in an envelope and marked “2014 Essay Competition.”

Award Celebration:
Winning and participating students, and their teachers, will be recognized at an open celebration in May 2014.

Contact Information:
Office is open Wed-Friday 11am-5pm. Call (831) 338-8382, or email for more information.

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