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Escalon Historical Society Preparing For Holiday Season
Escalon Historical Society member Barbara (Fisher) Langum shows the display of colorful train-themed key chains and the popular train whistles available in the gift shop at the museum on Main Street. Several new items are available for holiday gift-giving ideas. Marg Jackson/The Times

As we near the final quarter of the year, the Escalon Historical Society Museum has gotten in some new merchandise and is hoping to encourage residents to shop for holiday items at the Main Street museum.

Historical Society member Barbarba Langum, who runs the gift shop along with Karyn Dawson, said they always have jewelry, puzzles, train whistles and key chains in stock, as well as historical books.

“We are trying to stay caboose-y in the gift shop,” she added, noting that new T-shirts for kids have arrived in bright colors, and feature a caboose graphic with the words ‘Loose Caboose’ to tie in to a new book for sale, ‘The Caboose Who Got Loose’ which was written and illustrated by Bill Peet.

“We also have new caboose ornaments,” she said, which they hope will be a big seller for the fast-approaching holiday season.

The regular Escalon Historical Society T-shirts are on sale as well, at a cost of $15 for one, two shirts for $25, with kid and adult sizes.

In addition to the gift shop items, the Museum is hosting an opportunity drawing of an oil on canvas painting. This year will feature the drawing during the Christmas on Main event, set for Dec. 2.

The painting is of the Jones Mansion in Escalon, done by local artist Annie Wyrick. The Escalon native is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where she earned her B.A. in Studio Art and Art History.

Tickets for the drawing are $5 each and can be purchased at the museum.

Scheduled for late October, a special open house at the Museum will be hosted in honor of Art Sanguinetti, a longtime history and civics teacher at Escalon High School. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Museum, at 1630 Main St., Escalon is open noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, or by request by calling 209-838-8070. Reminisce Day is the first Wednesday of each month and everyone is welcome.

Escalon Historical Society President is David Russell, Barbara Langum serves as vice president with Cathy Ensley as secretary, and Adrian Van Houten as treasurer. The next monthly meeting of the society will be hosted at the museum on Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.

Books and T-shirts for kids focused around a caboose have arrived and are now for sale at the Escalon Historical Society Museum. Keeping with the train theme, the caboose book and shirts tie in to the historical caboose in the city’s Main Street Park. Marg Jackson/The Times