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Lilo Hansen donated to Gibson Museum, in memory of her late husband Stan, a 1920's saddle from his collection. It was originally owned by Ruth Tennyson, an early settler of Lower Lake, owner of the Grocery Store & Museum on Main Street in Lower Lake. Lilo brought us the stand and several other items. Thanks, Lilo.
More about Ruth Tennyson from Kevin Engle, of the Lake County Historical Society:
"Ruth Tennyson's store was on Main Street in Lower Lake. It was where the current La Monarcha-Mexican Market is now. Ruby Glebe has confirmed this and recalls visiting there when she was a young adult.
When Ruth became elderly, she sold the store and moved her vast collection of Indian artifacts from the grocery store to a small building around the corner on Lake Street. The building is still there. It is the first building on the west side of Lake Street just behind the parking lot of the Mexican grocery store. It is said she moved the collection into this building and lived there too because she wanted to protect the collection from thieves. I know all this because the article you saw in the paper; the article I wrote on "Clearlake Man," was in part due to Ruth. Her father (Charles Hesse) found the bones of Clearlake Man and Ruth kept them for many years displayed in an aquarium before donating the specimen to the Courthouse Museum."
Our collection is growing, particularly in respect to vintage publications and photos. Gibson volunteers have undertaken the task of scanning the Lake County Historical Society's collection of its thrice-annual POMO Bulletin, filled with oral histories and articles by history buffs since 1955. When completed, the digitized collections will be available for research on Gibson's gallery computer.
We’re continuing to upgrade electrical work and our security systems, and harassing the County a bit about getting a pedestrian crosswalk between the Museum and the park. We’re brainstorming fundraising events and starting a scrapbook to keep track of where we’ve been and what we’ve done. We're working diligently at photographing, scanning and cataloging our collections, and we’re compiling information about our displays and our history for our docents to share with Museum visitors.
Overall, we’re recovering from the long haul of creating the Museum and its opening, and are now focusing on getting it together to move on.
We still need your help and your support!
If you want to DONATE to the development and operation of Gibson Museum, use the handy PayPal button below. Or mail your check to Gibson Museum, Box 31, Middletown, CA 95461. The museum's tax ID number is 94-6128982.