Have you wondered about the very ornate building at 12th and ”I” streets which was Modesto’s main post office for many years? On August 11th at 2 PM, learn about this artistic icon of Modesto by joining Lorie Garcia, Historic Preservation Consultant, as she discusses the art treasures of the historic El Viejo post office building. Learn about the restored murals depicting 1930’s Modesto life and the building’s unique architectural features. Note that this event location will be held at the El Viejo post office building instead of the McHenry Museum.
Jeff Jardine, the celebrated long time columnist for the Modesto Bee, recently retired, will be presenting a special overview of his latest book “Home to the Brave.” This book is an excellent compilation of remembrances of experiences imposed on many of our relatives, friends, neighbors, and other local residents from their involvement in our country’s past wars. While Modesto and the Stanislaus County region may be a small area in the overall scope of the our great country, many of our fellow associates made important contributions during past conflicts and have many interesting experiences from their times supporting our country. Join the audience to hear Jeff share a few of these historical stories.
The return of Minor League baseball to Modesto, California in 1966 was historical, became record setting, and legendary. The mighty collection of Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Rollie Fingers, Dave Duncan, Tony La Russa, and other young players, all had Major League stars in their eyes. The team also had the first ever, in professional baseball, redheaded Bat Girls. I was one of them! We all worked hard together that year sweeping through the California League taking the 1966 League Championship. The names have not been changed to protect the innocent, because we were all guilty! Guilty of an awesome experience and a baseball season never to be forgotten by players, fans and this Bat Girl. This is how it all happened.
A fun annual event where the adults and children who won the 2018 Poets' Corner Contest share their work with their family, friends, and community in the stately McHenry Museum lobby, followed by a cookies-and-punch reception. Free and open to the public! This reading will be filled with passionate, hilarious, philosophical and sad poems. You don't want to miss it!