Saturday, October 16, 2010

Something old and something Modern

Here's a interesting object in Bowers Museum's current "Weird & Wonderful" exhibit. It's a breadfruit pounder -- just like the ones used in Tahiti and other parts of the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. However, this particular implement was found in 1903 in the bottom of the Santa Ana River near Huntington Beach. How did it get from one place to the other?
While I may quibble with a few of this exhibit's descriptive panels, it's all definitely worth seeing. It's a gathering of random bits and pieces from the museum's various collections, including their Orange County artifacts. See it before it closes on Nov. 14.
Author and architectural historian Alan Hess will speak on the subject of Orange County Modernism on Wednesday's meeting of the Old Courthouse Museum Society. The meeting will begin at 11:45 a.m. in the upstairs gallery at the Old Courthouse. (RSVP to Rebecca at the museum if you want lunch.) Alan is always an interesting and popular speaker.

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