Happy New Year Everyone!
Things seem quiet in the winter with the museum being closed. We have managed to dodge a couple of snowstorms. This is the time of year, though, when we make plans for next season's new exhibits. The Outdoor Museum on Wilson Hill road has been a work in progress. Our plan is to officially open the Outdoor Museum together with the Indoor Museum on June 6, 2020.
A brand new exhibit of an Old Fashioned Country Store is in the planning stages. The display will be located in building 31185. Many donations that we have received will fit nicely in this exhibit, some are from the original 1800's McCarley and Smith store, which eventually became the Shingletown Store. We are looking for an old potbelly stove. If anyone has a stove to donate or knows where we might locate one please call the museum office at 474-3291. In researching photos of old country stores a potbelly stove was always a focal point, for warmth as well as a gathering place for conversation.
WEBSITE -The Shingletown Historical Society is developing a new user-friendly web site called "Go Daddy". Beverly Derr, Debi Sinclair and Miriam Mustain are working on this project.
AIR AMBULANCE - in June, I emailed that the companies had merged and that we didn't have to pay both. That information has proven not to be true. You need Reach as well. I am sorry for passing along incorrect information.
BUILDING PAINTING - We were able to repair and paint two of our building over the summer. In June we received a generous grant from the Redding Rancheria, Shasta Regional Community Foundation in the amount of $1,500.00. This award allowed us to have the repairs completed on the stucco wall on building 31191 before painting could begin.
A large donation from a couple of our members designated for paint, gave us the opportunity to have building 31187 painted as well. As you can see, we still have building 31185 to repair and paint. If you are interested in helping with this project, please call Beverly for further information. 474-5110.
OPENING -As mentioned above the re- opening of the museum is scheduled for June 6th. We plan to open the Outdoor Museum that day as well, and we need everyone's help. Please call Beverly to discuss what areas assistance will be needed. 474-5110
We've added a new snow removal person to our list- Michael Montgomery
474-3792 or 360-1055. He does a nice job.
MUSEUM DOCENTING: A Thank You and More
Last year, I volunteered to be Docent Coordinator, not having a clue about what that would really entail. Since the museum opened years ago, it seemed we relied on the same few people to give up their days to be at the site, greet people, and talk about our wonderful displays. Those folks seemed to need a break.
I began my job by phoning every single person on the membership list. I met, by phone, members I didn't even know. I might have seen and even talked to some of those members at our events, but putting names to faces on the phone just didn't work for me. The response was more than I had anticipated as people were eager to do their part (other than for bake sales) for our museum. Volunteers were really enthusiastic about doing something different, being at the museum, and talking to tourists or community folks who came by. Later, many told me the more people who came in, the more fun it was. They said days when only few came in just seemed to drag by.
One day when I was a docent, a tourist family came in and a young man seemed interested in our square piano. I asked him if he played and he consented to do so. Well, from that old rinky-dink piano came professionally sounding classical music! The piano was superbly played although still sounding rinky-dink. Amazing! Now Nancy Johnson does play a mean rinky-dink piano, but plays tunes of the time. So hearing a classical piece was a surprise!
I surely do want to give my appreciation to all the "new" people who were docents in 2019. I hope your day was worthwhile and that your interest and appreciation of our Shingletown heritage rubbed off on the visitors. You showed people around, described our exhibits, sold books and really promoted our community. THANK YOU! Of course the same goes to the very dependable old-timers who have been doing this since our museum opened.
Once Layla has the new 2020 exhibits up, a new description will be written for docents to peruse. Not a whole lot changes, as some exhibits become rather permanent. There will be new items in the main room and also in the Tool Museum in 2020. Can't wait!
Everyone can again expect a phone call. If you can't be a docent we can at least just visit on the phone. Docents or teams of two members are needed Tuesdays and Saturdays, 11 :00 to 3:00 from June to October. Think about it.
Talk to you later, Bea Nevins, SHS Docent Coordinator
The History Night speakers have been selected for the next six months. (7:00 pm in Room 15 at Black Butte School):
JANUARY 30/2020 Shannon Wooten - Apiary Specialist
FEBRUARY 27/2020 Jeremy Tuggle - History of Dry Mill
MARCH 26/2020 - No Speaker
Potluck @6:00 pm at Black Butte Gym.
APRIL 30/2020 David Ledger - Historical Uses of Native Trees
MAY 28/2020 George Passage - Sierra Mill and Flumes of the late 1800s.
JUNE 25/2020 Alan Willendrup - The Lassen Peak Eruptions and Their Lingering Legacy
If you have suggestions for speakers, please call the office or Barbara Holder 474-3422.
All About QUEEN Bees
Monthly History Night presentations begin this month with Shannon Wooten as presenter. A few years ago, Shannon and wife, Glenda, told us about bee keeping in Shasta County. This time the focus will be on queen bees.
Royalty demands special attention. A queen bee will have many nurse bees which produce and feed the queen "royal" jelly for the duration of her life. Many drones provide the queen with enough semen to last a lifetime. However, the drones die right after mating while the queen may live up to three years and lay up to 2000 eggs per day.
The queen's comfort is insured by the activity in the hive as workers clean and polish cells, forage and produce honey. Some bees may even stand near the hive door and beat their wings to provide a breeze on a hot day, or they may slurp up water and spit it around the hive.
As with all royalty, her majesty is treated exceptionally by her subjects.
Much more about raising this fascinating creature will be revealed on Thursday, January 30th in room 15 at the Black Butte Elementary School. The meeting begins at 7pm and is free to members and guests.
Black Butte Elementary Rm. 15 Thursday, Jan. 30, 7:00pm