Sarah Lim: Museum Notes

Marking centennial celebrations in El Nido and Gustine

When William Bedesen drew up the plan for El Nido’s schoolhouse and when Henry Miller agreed to open Cottonwood Switch (Gustine) for a new settlement, little did they envision that their creations would not only remain in existence but continue to thrive a century later.

Sarah Lim: Museum Notes

Looking in a photo for that particular clue

In 2009, the Courthouse Museum acquired a photo which is believed to be one of the earliest aerial views of modern-day Merced. Now, take a minute and study the photo and familiarize yourself with some of the landmarks. What will be your clue or clues in identifying when this photo was taken?

Sarah Lim: Museum Notes

Sarah Lim: Sun-Star celebrates a special milestone

The Merced Sun-Star turned 90 on Friday. Although it traces its roots to 1869, the first issue of the modern day Sun-Star was printed on May 1, 1925, after the Merced Evening Sun merged with the Merced Morning Star. The union of these two papers not only reduced the number of newspapers in the city, but also ended a half-century old-rivalry among several papers.

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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