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New exhibit on the Fickert family and Bear Valley Springs at the Errea House Museum

First Friday in Downtown Tehachapi - 5-8 p.m., October 4, 2019


September 28, 2019

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A photo from the Fickert Exhibit shows Jack, the blind and crippled collie, and Jebediah the gander, who died in defense of his canine friend. Fickert Ranch barn in background.

A new exhibit on the Fickert family of Bear Valley will open on Saturday, Oct. 5 at noon in the Errea House Museum at 311 S. Green St. For a preview of the exhibit, the Errea House will be open for First Friday on Oct. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. A brief history is included, as well as photos of the family, the ranch and the development of Bear Valley Springs.

Victorian furniture from the Fickert ranch house, tools and other artifacts will be included in the exhibit. Fred Fickert will be present on Saturday at noon for the ribbon cutting but you can preview the exhibit at First Friday.

In the Textile Gallery at the Museum, Museum Director Judy Reynolds has just installed an exhibit of women's winter hats from the 1930s to the 1950s. The exhibit also includes a man's top hat from the turn of the century.

The Museum store has just added the Basques of Kern County, a history of the Basque people and a chronicle of those Spanish and French Basques who came to Tehachapi and Bakersfield from the 1880s and forward. It is available for sale, along with other books about Tehachapi and the area.

Both the Errea House and the Tehachapi Museum across the street will be open on First Friday. Appetizers and wine will be served at the museum. The museum is located at 310 S. Green St. and the Errea House Museum is at 311. Both are regularly open from noon to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For more information call (661) 822-8152.


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