Celebrating Tri-City Women and Their Work
In American society women have traditionally been in the shadow of men, and yet women too have always worked and supported themselves and their families. Women of the Tri-City area have worked on farms, in industry, in business and bore and raised their families. They have always been an integral and important part of society.
History applauds just a few of the many women who have formed the backbone of society. The well-known names are touted over and over again, yet the work of everyday continues, often unnoticed. Opening on Friday, April 8, the exhibit “Celebrating Tri-City Women and their Work,” highlights some of these unsung heroes. Come and visit the museum and learn about exceptional women in Tri-City history, such as the women who worked the line at the James Graham Manufacturing Co. in Newark, producing airplane parts for the war effort in the 1940s.
Historical exhibit celebrates Tri-City women and their work
Submitted By Kelsey Camello
Tri-City Voice, March 29, 2016
Worlds of Wonder – Teddy Ruxpin
The talking bear took the world by storm in 1985. Born in Fremont, Teddy Ruxpin and his maker, Worlds of Wonder, peaked with $327 million in sales in 1987. Teddy Ruxpin was the official spokesbear for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. His picture appeared on the visitor’s brochure in Fremont. But fame was fleeting. Two years later, in 1989, Worlds of Wonder was in bankruptcy court.
In its glory days, Teddy Ruxpin sold for $80. Forty different cassette tapes fit into the tape deck in its back. A computer chip read a digital encoding on each tape and sent a signal to motors that operated the bears movable mouth and eyes.
Teddy, Grubby and other friends had adventures in Grundoland.
The Touchable Then & Now Table
This new exhibit will focus on hands-on items, all of which our visitors may touch and play with. We are hoping this exhibit will excite all of our visitors, but especially school age children. Items will include an adding machine and a digital calculator, an old telephone and cell phone, and two view masters – an antique one and one from the 1950s (with view cards too)! It should be a fun and engaging learning display. As the exhibit remains in the Museum various items will be rotated in and out of it.
We encourage you to stop in and see the new Sewing Corner exhibit. Did you know that we have one of the first ever patented Elias Howe treadle sewing machines, as well as a pattern dating back to 1889? We also have a beautiful piece of fabric art on display that was collectively created by members of the Peacemakers Quilt Guild and the Coyote Hills Girls Scouts.