Where: Patterson Museum, Center Building, Plaza Circle
When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6
Cost: $20 per ticket
Info: Burta Herger, 892-3301; or Chris Dennis, 415-850-3022. RSVP by Saturday, Oct. 1
After nearly a year of volunteer work by local residents, the Patterson Museum will celebrate a grand reopening next week during a Patterson Township Historical Society fundraiser.
Attendees will gather for an Evening at the Museum on Thursday, Oct. 6, to check out the new exhibits and nibble hors d’oeuvres and sip wine on the grass surrounding the historical Center Building that houses the museum.
Museum curator Ron Swift has spearheaded an effort of several months to revamp the history center, adding displays and helping renovate the space in conjunction with city improvements. Though the historical society is still determining when the museum will be open for regular hours, next week’s event will give folks a peek at the upgrades.
“It really is looking very, very good,” historical society president Joland Schut said.
Traditionally, the historical society hosts a trail ride fundraiser at the Houk Ranch in the Grayson and Westley areas. Last year’s event attracted about 80 trail riders and about 180 people for a barbecue dinner in the Houk Ranch barn afterward, organizer Chris Dennis said. This year, the society chose to host the gathering at the museum instead to highlight the work that has been done there.
New individual displays cover topics including schools, the military, the Del Puerto Hotel, local organizations, businesses and agriculture. Dennis noted that wood from one of the display cases comes from Patterson High School.
“There are little pieces of the community that are incorporated in the museum,” he said. “It’s really neat.”
The Soroptimist Club of Patterson has helped set up a household display with cabinets of women’s and men’s clothing, including some apparel worn by town founder T.W. Patterson. Andy Barsamian donated glass display cases, while Ronald Rogers put in hundreds of hours of labor. Boy Scouts and other individuals also have helped with the renovation efforts. The city of Patterson, which owns the Center Building, also rewired the building this spring and added a ramp.
The office of Jack Patterson, grandson of T.W. Patterson, also has been organized.
Dennis expects about 100 to 120 people will show up for next week’s fundraiser. Tickets can be bought in advance from Dennis or Burta Herger. People are urged to RSVP by Saturday, Oct. 1.
• Contact Jonathan Partridge at 892-6187 or email@example.com.