Sarah Lim: Museum Notes

Sarah Lim: Merced County invested in 1915 expo to bring growth

When the Panama-Pacific International Exposition closed its doors on Dec. 4, 1915, more than 18 million people had visited the 10-month-long world’s fair in San Francisco and many of these visitors viewed the Merced County display in the California State Building. In order to pay for the exhibit, the Merced County Board of Supervisors in 1911 became the first in the state to levy a special tax and appoint a local Exposition Committee to handle the money raised from the levy. Did Merced County’s investment at the PPIE pay off?

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Brigitte Bowers: Every Fifteen Minutes a reminder of parents’ worst fears

It is possible that for my son, Casey, Every Fifteen Minutes is little more than an opportunity to break up the tedium of a typical school day, though I hope the simulation will instead be a cautionary story he carries with him for a long time. For me, however, and I believe for other parents, too, it is a reminder of our worst fear, the one we pray we will never fully comprehend.

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