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Chaffey Communities Cultural Center
Serving Upland, Ontario, Montclair,
Mt. Baldy, & Rancho Cucamonga.
217 East “A” Street Upland, Ca. 91786
(909) 982-8010

PRESIDENT …………… Dave Stevens

VICE PRESIDENT……… John Atwater
SECRETARY …………….. Steve Ipson
DIRECTOR ……….. Marilyn Anderson

For the members and friends of Chaffey Communities

Cultural Center who share our mission of supporting history and culture in the Chaffey Communities.
Summer 2013

Message From President Dave Stevens

The last four years have been very difficult on all non-profits. The Cooper Regional History Museum has not been any different. We’ve had a tough time as well. To raise funds to keep our museum open we held a Tea at another site, we had a book signing at the Cooper Museum, we have had musical events in our Children’s Courtyard. None of these events raised a lot of money, but they were all fun. We decided that we needed to have larger events and have fun while we raised funds for our museum.

A Classic Car Show was decided to be our vehicle for a more successful event. A committee was chosen to plan the classic car show, and the committee decided to have the event on Armed Forces Day and invite all of our veterans.
We made it a Marines Toys for Tots event and it was very successful. It was an honor for us to recognize our veterans and we had almost 100 classic cars at the event. Our committee members included Steve Ipson, Ed Dietl, Richard Burns, Jack Stewart, Jeff Owens, and myself. This committee met once a week for four months. Nothing was left to chance and the classic car show went off without a hitch. That is very good planning. We plan on having this Marines Toys for Tots Classic Car Show each year on Armed Forces Day. Next year that will be on May 17, 2014. We want to double the size of the show next year. A complete story of this event by Ed Dietl, our committee chair, is on page 3.

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Message From Director Marilyn Anderson

It’s Summertime already and we’ll be full of activities soon. We will be having “Second Sundays” Rummage Sales throughout the Summer months and into the Fall perhaps. These will be held in our courtyard, with the hours posted each month. Anyone is welcome to participate, by donating items to the museum for us to sell–or to sit and sell their own items, keeping their profit. Call for further information.  The annual Cooper Kids Summer Series will begin on Tuesday, July 9th. There are twelve 2-hr. classes held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of July, with the last one on August 1. Classes are held from 10 a.m. to noon and the fee is $5.00 per class per child, ages 5 to 11. This year’s classes include various forms of artwork, live animal and plant life studies, and storytelling of the past including “history’s mysteries” and “buried treasures.” Fun for all ages is assured.Exhibits are changing. One of our tall cases in the Lobby holds the model (prototype) of local sculptor, John Svenson’s statue of . George Chaffey at Upland’s City Hall. We are very happy to have this wonderful piece of art to show, especially to the children. Of curious interest is an exhibit containing buried “treasures” on loan from patron, Dennis Rogers. The young’uns don’t quite get it, but the oldsters do. Because children don’t have the concept of the privy days, they are stunned by the many items that are found in outhouses. Old medicine bottles are a given, but the other things will truly amaze you. In the main Gallery the current displays are “Military & Millenary,” There are artifacts from several wars and a collection of vintage hats from the early 1900s to the’60s.A Luncheon/ Fashion Show is planned for Sunday, October 6th.

The Culture Keepers of the Native People Room, Mark Acuna and Barbara Drake, are augmenting the existing exhibits with displays of herbs, plant-life medicines, and more. The collection ofrare exquisitely-made baskets are back on display this year, along with some other surprises to come.

Museum Notes:
We were happy to repatriate two large family bibles to descendants of noted people of Upland’s early days. One belonged to a local pqarmacist, Patrick McQuillan , better known as “Mac The Medicine Man,” and mayor of Upland in the 1930s. The other belonged to the W.C. Cline family whose company laid much of Upland’s concrete-sidewalks and curbing- back after the turnof-the-century. It is rewarding to be able to return items to family members, where they belong.

Membership continues to grow and several donors have been most generous. Every month there are new members plus renewing ones.We thank each and every one, whose loyalty makes it possible to continue with our good works. Let’s all have a wonderful summer!

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