• Desperately Seeking Panama Pacific Memorabilia

     This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), a spectacular world’s fair held in San Francisco to celebrate the Panama Canal, completed just two years earlier.pan pacific web

    Monterey County found itself in the spotlight June 12, 1915, when the aptly named Monterey County Day kicked off in California’s state building. At five acres, and built in the popular Mission style, the fashionable building was the largest and more glamorous of the state buildings on display during the exposition. Monterey County Day included a display of taxidermy fish set up in a fake aquarium, as well as a collection of other animals. In the 1930s, some of those objects went on display at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Other exhibits featured canned fish and abalone, agricultural and forestry products.

    The PPIE opened on February 20, 1915, just two years after completion of the Panama Canal. By the time the fair closed on December 3, 1915, close to 20 million people had walked through its gates.

    In honor of the 100 year anniversary, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History plans an exhibit featuring Monterey County’s contribution to this historic event. But staffers need the public’s help in collecting memorabilia photographs, or any other relevant objects that tie into Monterey’s presence there.

    The upcoming exhibit is guest-curated by historian Tim Thomas in partnership with Museum Exhibitions Curator Annie Holdren. Contact Holdren at holdren@pgmuseum.org or call 831-648-5716, ext.17, for more information.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 14, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News

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