In early myths the true beauty of the male or female is hidden and the hero must recognize that beauty. The museum has combined humorous myth with pioneer courtship letters dating from 1923 that put a delightful spin on romance and reveal the serious nature of a future partnership. The exhibit To Kiss a Toad runs from February 14th, Valentine’s Day, through April 30st2018 from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
To Kiss a Toad inaugurates the museum’s new gallery space which showcases the Winton Roadster (1917), the antique blow torch collection from the same era, early pioneer letters from 1923, and a couple of surprises that play with old time sayings about couples and romance. “We’ve been updating our showroom floor and allowing more sunshine to enter the new gallery space for small rotating exhibits,” says Bill Payne, President of the Board, “with our new programming partner, Hoblit Ram Trucks, we can feature rotating displays that highlight early California values and appeal to a broader audience.”
The couple’s courtship comes to life in hand written letters that were driven into town and mailed at the local post office between the Triangle Ranch in Modoc County and the Casselman Hop Ranch on the Old River Road in Yolo County. The letters record a time period when Californians were tough and resourceful. Unless you’ve engaged in these social and economic environments you might not understand the straightforward approach to the way pioneers communicated, persevered, and made adaptations to survive. Learn how Muriel Casselman and Harvey Blodgett perceived marriage during a time when horsepower was dominated by draft animals. Get a glimpse of their everyday life and the marriage contract that evolved from these letters. Learn about their survival skills and expectations.
To Kiss a Toad (February 14-April 30st) is located at the California Agriculture Museum on 1958 Hays Lane, Woodland. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids under age 12. It’s a great time to discover your roots and support one of California’s richest historical landmarks. Learn more at www.CaliforniaAgMuseum.
Wednesday, February 14
Heidrick Ag History Center
1962 Hays Lane, Woodland, CA 95776