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Museum chronicles over 100 years of life in Turlock

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Museum chronicles over 100 years of life in Turlock

An old-fashioned soda fountain captures attention as one steps foot inside the museum. The fountain was purchased in Sonora and donated by a number of Turlock community members to be placed inside...

NANCY ANGEL/The 209


POSTED June 16, 2012 3:12 a.m.

TURLOCK - Turlock’s history is being kept alive at the Historical Society Museum in downtown Turlock.  The evolution of the Valley city is available for all to see through a number of displays and memorabilia that represent over a hundred years of history. 

With the help of Turlock Historical Society members and volunteers, contributions of individuals, businesses and contractors, the inauguration of the museum was made possible on December 2002.  The museum itself is in the old Palace Meat Market building originally constructed in 1910. 

A cultural display that surrounds the museum highlights the immigration of the different ethnic groups that found a new home in Turlock.  The display depicts the customs and traditions through photos and artifacts of the Hispanic, Assyrian, Portuguese, Japanese, and Scandinavian ethnic groups that have settled in the community.

The Family Life Display depicts early home life in Turlock and tries to capture the “pioneer spirit” of the early settlers. The display includes a collection of antique kitchen utensils, stoves, and washing machines.

Life-long Turlocker and museum volunteer Jeannine Arnt has watched Turlock evolve throughout the decades. 

“My parents were born in Turlock and so were my siblings.  I have seen this town transform drastically and it is nice to be a volunteer at the museum and talk about my experiences.  Being here reminds me of a simpler time,” she said.

A military display sponsored by Turlocker Major General John S. Patton features a collection of memorabilia and uniforms from his own service and other military artifacts and equipment donated by servicemen and their family members during the major wars.

“One of my favorite military displays would have to be these two book volumes during WWII.  A woman by the name of Edith Peterson, a mother of two WWII veterans, she clipped and preserved news articles concerning men and women from the Turlock area who were serving in the armed forces during WWII for over a period of five years.  After she died her son found the clippings and decided to turn it into a book,” said Arnt.

The Turlock Historical Society Museum is a non-profit organization that is funded primarily by donations and memberships dues.  Admission to the museum, located at 108 S. Center St. , is free to the public. It is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.  



NANCY ANGEL
209 Reporter

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