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Artifact of the Month: 1940s Lucite Handbag

Artifact of the Month: 1940s Lucite Handbag

One might argue that the handbag (purse, satchel, or just plain old bag) is probably one of the oldest hominid inventions. An animal bladder, a skin, a gourd, or even a really big leaf could be adapted as an effective way to carry our ever-increasing number of possessions. Over millennia, a relatively simple and practical way to carry stuff has been elevated to an art form and a status symbol accessory.

Artifact of the Month: Match Safes

Artifact of the Month: Match Safes

These mystery objects were on fire during February, overwhelmingly winning this month’s slot for Artifact of the Month! Some folks may have guessed that these little, metal boxes were lighters, which is not too far off since they are indeed associated with making fire. However, these diverse artifacts are all various types of match safes. 

Artifact of the Month: Turkana Head Rest

Artifact of the Month: Turkana Head Rest

This “mystery object” received an overwhelming number of votes in our visitor poll! A mystery no more, this head rest was accessioned into the Turtle Bay museum collection in 1978 with the description, “head rest from the Turkana culture of Northwestern Kenya; used to protect hairdos while sleeping and to keep bugs from getting into hair; carried with a sash worn around the waist and is sometimes used as a stool.” So, now you know!

Art Cycled

Art Cycled

Where some people see junk, others see potential. Local artists converge for this exhibition of recycled, upcycled, and just plain rescued art! This group-curated pop-up features work by established and emerging artists working in a wide variety of media for a limited time, now through August 3, 2018 in the East End of the Museum at Turtle Bay in Redding, CA. 

Museum Collections

Museum Collections

The Turtle Bay Museum Collection consists of over 35,000 historical, ethnographic, and archaeological artifacts and artworks. It is amalgam of the collections of the former Redding Museum of Art and History and The Forest Museum and includes objects acquired after the museums merged into Turtle Bay. Today, Turtle Bay is not actively collecting due to lack of funding, space, and personnel.

Smokerjumper Exhibition

Smokerjumper Exhibition

The National Smokejumper Association presents this exhibition about the fascinating history of the United States Forest Service Smokejumper program. Guests will learn what it takes to be a Smokejumper, dive into the history of fire suppression in the United States, explore how the program came about, and even discover its role in homefront defense during WWII. 

Weekend Photos: Material Culture, Science Saturday, Animal Programs

Weekend Photos: Material Culture, Science Saturday, Animal Programs

This past weekend, Turtle Bay opened Material Culture; Form, Function and Fashion - a unique exhibition curated in-house from our own collection of textiles and materials. this touchy-feely exhibition goes back into pre-history; takes a journey down the Silk Road; examines the roots of the Industrial Revolution; looks at the concept of fashion; and takes a peek at the future of fabric.