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Main Street Museum Enjoys Spring Cleaning, New Displays
Escalon Historical Society member Dorothy Miller looks over a new matrimony display in the museum, featuring fashions and jewelry. Marg Jackson/The Times

With a couple areas of the Escalon Historical Society Museum on Main Street getting a ‘face lift’ there are also some new exhibits to enjoy.

One area focuses on matrimony, featuring a number of fashions, jewelry and more while the other is a medical/pharmacy-inspired display.

“Thanks to painting, wall papering and set up by Wendy Fenton and Debbie Vilotti, things are looking brighter,” said museum curator Dorothy Miller.

New lighting to help with making the new displays more appealing was done by local resident Mark Sward, who donated his labor to help with the project, said Miller.

The museum was one of the projects for the recent Love Escalon community work day and received a thorough cleaning and dusting off of items, helping freshen up the facility for the spring.

Each week, the museum is open on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; with the first Wednesday of each month celebrated as ‘Reminisce Day.’ The museum is also open by request for school or special tours; call 209-838-8070.

In the planning stages for the museum is a Wall Mural, which will feature scenes from Escalon’s history. Donations for the mural wall project can be made in memory of longtime member Irma Bailey, who passed away recently. The goal of the Historical Society is to raise all money needed for the mural project through donations; so far more than half of the $3,000 project cost has been collected.

Also, some special events are scheduled, with a train trip next month and a visit to a Bay Area flea market in the summer.

All interested can join the Escalon Historical Society on the fundraising trip to Lodi aboard Amtrak. The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 4 and the train departs from Modesto’s Amtrak Station at 1700 Held Drive at 9:36 a.m. The train returns at 6:39 p.m. Cost is $30 per person. All are welcome to attend and enjoy a great day in Lodi. Come out for the train ride, then visit restaurants, go shopping, sample the wine and cheese and have a lot of fun with the society as a fundraiser for the local museum. Call to get tickets, 209-838-7176.

The trip to a flea market is tentatively scheduled for August or September, with a visit to Jack London Square in Oakland being planned. More details will be available at a later date.