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Local Museum Discovers Treasure Trove of Old Photos

For Release August 18, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                   Contact Melinda McCrary 510-2357387

Local Museum Discovers Treasure Trove of Old Photos

It isn’t every day that you find hidden treasure in your basement but that’s exactly what happened recently at a local museum.

The Richmond Museum of History uncovered 200 glass plate negatives of familiar sights such as Golden Gate Park, Castro Adobe in San Pablo and local Richmond businesses and people. The photos could be more than 100 years old as this medium was popular during 1880-1920.

According to Melina McCrary, the Museum’s Executive Director, local history museums rarely have the resources to catalogue donations. “We’ve always strived for a higher level of professionalism and since 1951, we’ve taken donor information and assigned numbers to our collection, but no one has ever had a chance to search through individual items,” she said.

That all changed when the California State Library’s California Revealed project invited the Museum to accept a $10,000 grant to search through old collections. ”They know there are so many smaller historical museums like ours that have wonderful treasures in the basement can’t catalogue them,” McCrary said.

The grant allowed her to hire a team, who are all local people, to begin digging.  “Lo and behold – there was a box of 200 glass plate negatives,” said McCrary.  In fact, some of the plates had been scanned in 2003 but not catalogued or stored properly. At that time, the Museum felt they didn’t want to share the images them with the public. They put them away and forgot about them.

“That’s the opposite of our current philosophy,” says McCrary, who has been the Director since 2013.  “We are a community museum and we want to share.”  Because glass plate negatives are very rare and very delicate, the Museum is being very careful not to handle them too much. They will transfer them to archival quality storage containers and display the scanned images. The Museum plans to request that their new-found treasures be posted on the California Revealed website, http://californiarevealed.org, along with California-related materials from many California libraries, archives, and museums. # # #

Dia de los Muertos at the Richmond Museum of History

Day of the Dead at the Richmond Museum of History

Life, Love, Legacy | October 26 – November 4, 2018

Click here to download the call for artists—-> RMH DDLM Call for Submissions_rev

Artists and community members are asked to submit proposals for ofrendas/altars that honor the deceased and/or pays tribute to departed ancestors. Ofrendas honoring the dearly departed members of the greater Richmond community will be given preference.

 DEADLINE: Sunday, 9/29/18 by 5:00 p.m. PST (Deadline Extended!!)

Family-friendly exhibition content is kindly requested. Interactive and interpretive ofrendas/altars are particularly encouraged (no larger than 6’ x 4’). Open to all members of the Bay Area community as well as established and emerging artists of various mediums, schools, and community organizations. Food and live plants are prohibited.

The altars will be on display for the public in the Seaver Gallery. Artists will be provided a stipend for their time and talent at the completion of the exhibition. Artists must install/uninstall the altars, as well as, make a welfare check over the course of the exhibit week. We hope to have six altars, depending on the quality and quantity of the artist submission.

Participants will be invited to make an additional smaller one-day altar for the 4th Annual Halloween Day Trick or Treat event on 23rd Street in Richmond for an additional stipend. The altars will be displayed in an area with a large prearranged ofrenda that the community will be asked to contribute images of departed loved ones. More information about the 23rd Street event will be provided after the selection process.

DEADLINE: All submissions must be received no later than Sunday, 9/29/18 by 5:00 p.m. PST

Accepted proposals will be notified by mid-September. Submission materials will not be returned.  If accepted, all artwork must be installed at the Richmond Museum of History by 5:00 pm on Thursday – October 25, 2018.

*** The Richmond Museum of History reserves the right to alter the exhibition timeline and/or re-schedule or cancel this exhibition at any time. ***

Artists are strongly encouraged to attend the Day of Preparations and Celebration on

Saturday, October 27th from 11 am – 5 pm. (FREE)

Physical Address: 400 Nevin Ave, Richmond, CA 94801

Mailing Address: PO BOX 1267 Richmond, CA 94802

www.richmondmuseum.org

2017 Annual Membership Meeting of the Richmond Museum Association

 

Thanks so much to all the members of the Richmond Museum Association (RMA) who attended the annual meeting on Sunday February 26, 2017! The event was productive, informative and fun! Executive Director Melinda McCrary provided a report on the 2016 activities at the Richmond Museum of History. Director of Ship’s Operations and newly elected board member Johannes Hoech gave a similar report for the SS Red Oak Victory. Congrats to both Melinda and Johannes for successful 2016 at the Museum and Ship!

Congratulations to the new RMA board members that were elected by the membership at the meeting! Michael Davenport, Lynn Maack, Johannes Hoech and (incumbent) Jeffrey Wright have joined the board for the 2017-2020 cycle. The meeting finished with a riveting presentation by Mayor of Richmond Thomas K. Butt. Thank you to all who attended and for your continued support!

 

An Afternoon with Calvin Fong Program is a HUGE Success!

The Richmond Museum of History hosted Calvin Fong on April 11, 2015 to speak about Fong Wan’s shrimping business in Richmond from approximately 1934-1948. We suspected the program would be popular as we had many phone calls inquiring leading up to the day, but we were happily surprised that nearly 100 people were in attendance! We literally did not have enough chairs for everyone, so it was standing room only!

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Calvin Fong speaks to the audience packed in the Seaver Gallery at the Richmond Museum of History.
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Another view of Calvin Fong speaking to museum guests about his father, Fong Wan, shrimping business in Richmond, California (1934-1948).

Many descendants of Chinese shrimpers from Richmond were in the audience as well! Elaine Lee Wong who is the daughter of Gar Lee, the general manager for Fong Wan Shrimp Company graciously attended and it was her first time at the Richmond Museum. We were also delighted to have many members of Fong Wan’s family in the audience including four of his sons and at least one Granddaughter. What a treat to learn that one of the Fong brother’s flew in from Colorado Springs just to attend this program at the Richmond Museum.

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Descendants of Chinese shrimpers in Richmond, Elaine Lee Wong and Calvin Fong. discuss their fathers joint business in front of a map in the exhibit.
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Descendants of Chinese Shrimpers in Richmond at the lecture including the four surviving Fong brothers and Elaine (Lee) Wong.

Thank you again to Calvin Fong and the entire Fong family for sharing your family history with the Richmond community!

Crab Feed aboard the SS Red Oak Victory a success!

On Saturday January 31, 2015, the crew of the SS Red Oak Victory (ROV) hosted the 1st ever crab feed aboard the ship in the special events room also known as cargo hold #4. The crew was so happy that everyone reported to be stuffed after a lovely evening of warm crab with butter sauce, Caesar salad, and artisan bread! The weather that day was unseasonably warm to the delight of the guests. Tickets were sold out over a week before the event, so we had a full house of 150 people!

A full house aboard the SS Red Oak Victory for the first ever crab feed!
A full house aboard the SS Red Oak Victory for the first ever crab feed!
Richmond Museum Association Board President John Ziesenhenne welcomes guests, with event planner Marsha Tomassi and main chef Victor Shepard.
Richmond Museum Association Board President John Ziesenhenne welcomes guests, with event planner Marsha Tomassi and main chef Victor Shepard.

The ROV crew was delighted to be joined by the Sea Scouts of the SS Northland  who helped the crew serve, bus tables, and clean up!! Thank you Sea Scouts! The ROV crew was also joined by Chef Jerry Clopp and the students of the Hercules High School Culinary Academy, who assisted Victor Shepard in preparing the food. Thank you students!

Crew of the SS Northland
Crew of the SS Northland

The following set of crab fest 2015 images were submitted by local leader Joe Fisher of Fisher Realty. Thanks Joe! The first crab fest was such a huge success, that we plan on doing it again next year. So check in with us in December 2015 for tickets to the 2016 RMA crab fest!

View of the Bay the evening of crab fest 2015
View of the Bay the evening of crab fest 2015
RMA board secretarhy Sandi Genser-Maack and Lynn Maack working the registration table
RMA board secretarhy Sandi Genser-Maack and Lynn Maack working the registration table
Stacey Dillon of Stacey & Co
Stacey Dillon of Stacey & Co
Bartenders John Z. and Nico of M.A. Hays
Bartenders John Z. and Nico of M.A. Hays
Guests before dinner
Guests before dinner
RMA board member Desiree Heveroh hard at work serving salad
RMA board member Desiree Heveroh hard at work serving guests
Time to eat!
Time to eat!
Everyone loved the crab
Everyone loved the crab
RMA Board vice-president Jeff Wright and his lovely wife Tyra Wright.
RMA Board vice-president Jeff Wright and his lovely wife Tyra Wright.
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