LOCATION: 445 C Street, Davis, CA 95616-4102 (northeast corner of Central Park)
CONTACT: 530-758-5637, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOURS: Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM, Admission free, donations welcome.
The Hattie Weber Museum features exhibits depicting the history and heritage of Davis, California, and the surrounding area.
Thanks to John Chiles, John Movius, Steve McMahon, Yolo County Historical Society, and the Davis Virtual Market for early assistance.
The Hattie Weber has a new exhibit for Halloween: Davisville Halloween Parties. Three parties, from 1901, 1903, and 1905, are presented. All were described in the "Society" section of the Davis Enterprise.
Some surprises are that Davisites used holly, along with jack-o-lanterns, as Halloween decorations, parties were sometimes held in abandoned old houses, and men performed amazing pranks, such as climbing into hanging baskets. Halloween was clearly a wild and crazy time at the turn of the 20th century, perhaps even more so than today.
The exhibit uses illustrations from period books to illustrate the elaborate refreshments served. Other recent exhibits are Davis Olympians, Davis Bus to Alabama (about Davisites' support of Martin Luther King's protest march for voting rights), and El Rutilio, El Salvador (one of Davis's sister-city projects, from the 1980s).