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Voice of America

June 8, 2010 by admin  
Filed under In the Media, Voice of America

Voice of America

Museum Goes International: Voice of America, Washington D.C., filmed a program on the New Mark Twain Exhibit and the Angels Camp Museum for Asian broadcast to all Chinese speaking peoples — e.g. Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China.

Click here to view the segment.

Mark Twain 1880 Letter

May 6, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Mark Twain 1880 letter

Mark Twain 1880 Letter

A letter written by Mark Twain to a young lady in Angels Camp.

Angels Camp Museum Overflows with History

May 6, 2010 by admin  
Filed under In the Media, Sierra Mountain Times

January 15th, 2010, by Greg Kristapovich, Sierra Mountain Times

“This is one of the finest wagon, buggy and carriage collections in California! 29 restored wagons!” Rogers explained as he poses by the original Angels/Vallecito/Murphys Stage!

Simply driving by, one cannot perceive just how large the museum complex is! In fact, the Angels Camp Museum is comprised of four separate buildings, teeming with artifacts and overflowing with Mother Lode history! A huge barn contains mining artifacts, while another is a “garage” for 29 antique carriages! The main building, easily visible from the street, is crammed with fascinating antiques and relics—and even has a mini theatre where folks can watch “Jump”, the official “Frogumentary” about Angels Camp’s Frog Jump Jubilee! Curator Bob Rogers recently took this reporter on a two-hour tour of the museum; and one word can describe the place: Incredible! “A lot of people don’t realize it, but this property is part of the Angels Mine!” Rogers revealed. “The claim goes back to the 1850’s! The reason Angels Camp was such a center of hard-rock (gold imbedded quartz ore) mining—and there were nine mines between Bret Harte High School and Angels Creek—is because the three veins of Mother Lode came together here! We have two of them under this property!

Bob Rogers (left) is joined by “Miner Jim” Fletcher – who is showing off his “find”: a large chunk of pyrite (fool’s gold)! “We have a gold-panning here at the museum, and there IS real gold here!” Rogers assures.

The Mother Lode is the most complex geological area in the world and there are 200 miles of mining tunnels and shafts under Angels Camp” Rogers exclaimed, while also discussing the gold-mining exploits of the Henry Angel, James Carson and Dan and John Murphy! “We also have one of the largest and most diverse collections of mining equipment that exists in the Mother Lode!” Rogers stated with pride, adding “I’ve seen visitors to our museum spend as much as an entire day here!” There are videos and vintage photographs ready to view, and lots of artifacts displayed that reflect early pioneer life – including fixtures from the original post office in Angels Camp, and typewriters; the type that Mark Twain, himself, would have used! “And we have one of the finest patent medicine bottle collections! It’s just amazing! It rivals the Smithsonian!” Rogers opined. Indeed, there is a lot to see at the museum!

Just two of the many fascinating relics in the museum: An early telephone operator’s switchboard used in Angels Camp, and an 1800’s slot machine! “Gambling was rampant through this area, even up until the 50s!” Rogers noted.

The Angels Camp Museum started in 1851, and under Roger’s oversight, continues to expand magnificently! “We’re going to build an1850s mining camp in the back! We’ve got three acres, that’s what’s interesting!” Rogers exclaimed. “Incidentally, we also own the old Altaville School, up the street – which is the oldest surviving schoolhouse in California!” He noted, adding that they are working on a new Mark Twain exhibit! The Angels Camp Museum is located at 753 South Main Street, (right across from Rodz Grille), and is open Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is a very modest $4 (and worth every penny!) Children 6 -16 pay only a dollar! This museum could very well be the “crown jewel of the Mother Lode”! Check it out sometime!

Ranching Exhibit: Phase1

November 14, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Current Projects, Ranching Exhibit

Ranching exhibit estimated completion September 2010.

Estimated Completion: September 2010

Please note: the Angels Camp Museum is seeking photos, rope, saddles and cattle chute donations for this exhibit.

Hogarth Stamp Mill

November 14, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Current Projects, Hogarth Stamp Mill

Hogarth Stamp Mill future exhibit

Estimated Completion: September 2010

Geology Exhibit – Phase 1

November 14, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Current Projects, Geology Exhibit

Geology Exhibit – Phase 1

Geology exhibit future volcano exhibition

The Carriage House

November 12, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Carriage House, Current Projects

The Carriage House

The Carriage House event setup.

Expanded and enhanced interpretation of one of the finest and largest carriage, buggy, and wagon collections in California. Upgrade of the building facilities allows year-round use of the Carriage House for Museum programs and rental purposes, generating additional revenue for the advancement and growth of the Museum.

Gold Mining Exhibit

November 12, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Current Projects, Gold Mining Exhibit

Families learning to pan for gold.

This expanded, interactive exhibit chronicles the Gold Rush era. Exhibit will include various aspects of gold mining, from creek bed panning to hard rock mining and a replica 1850s Mining Camp with overnight programs for school groups, youth groups, and families.

Expected Completion: November 2010

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

November 12, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Just for Fun, Vintage Frog Jump Movie

Enjoy this vintage movie clip from the 1950s of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”.

Famous frog-jumping contest memorialized in Mark Twain’s short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” Newsreel story presenting the 100th anniversary of the contest.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Universal-International Newsreel

The Mark Twain Exhibit

November 9, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Current Projects, Mark Twain Exhibit

The New Mark Twain Exhibit

A new exhibit opened May 1 at the Angels Camp Museum that shines a light on how author Mark Twain used stories he heard and events he witnessed during his 88 days living in the Mother Lode to build a career that made him America’s most famous novelist and humorist in the late Nineteenth Century and early 20th Century.

A special exhibit created in recognition of this world famous author whose stories have given Angels Camp a unique and lasting identity. This exhibit has been developed in cooperation with the distinguished Mark Twain Boyhood Museum, Hannibal Missouri, the U.C. Berkeley Bancroft Library, and leading Mark Twain scholar, Dr. Gregg Camfield at U.C. Merced.

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