Ely Stage Stop Happenings

The weather may be changing but there are still lots of things happening at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum. Although usually open every Saturday and Sunday, the museum will be closed the weekend of October 22 and 23. Ely has been chosen as the venue for a Boy Scout weekend campout. This is an annual event for the Boy Scouts allowing them to perform community service projects while honing their camping skills. This year they will camp out for two nights on the Ely property, clearing the hillside below Ely’s main house during the day.

That particular weekend would also have been Ely’s Living History Day. That activity is being pushed to the next Saturday, October 29. Historian Ruby Glebe will return to the Stage Stop that day to share more stories from the past. Glebe preserves and promotes Lake County’s historical resources. Fifteen years ago, the Lake County Board of Supervisors appointed Glebe to the position of Lake County Historian. She is only the third person to hold this distinction, preceded by Henry Mauldin and Marion Goebel.

Glebe will be talking about the Pine Flat Community of 1870, once a quicksilver mining boomtown in the rugged Mayacamas Mountains that straddle Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties. Nothing remains of the community that was killed by the plummeting price of quicksilver and periodic wildfires that plague the area. Her presentation will begin at noon. Admission is free with donations accepted. Through these Living History Days at Ely, the stories of Lake County’s history are being preserved for future generations.

Finally, save the date of November 6 when Ely again hosts the California Old Time Fiddlers Association for a jam session in the Ely barn from noon till 2 p.m. Musicians will follow the usual round-robin format with donations benefitting both the Ely Stage Stop, helping to fund the construction of the blacksmith shop, and the Old Time Fiddlers Association District 10, using it to partially fund their scholarship programs.

The Lake County Historical Society’s Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum is located at 9921 State Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville, near Clearlake Riviera, just north of Hwy 29-Kit’s Corner. Current hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.  Private tours can be arranged by appointment. Facilities are available to support events, conferences, or family gatherings.  Celebrate a wedding, reception, special anniversary, or family reunion.

Visit www.elystagestop.org or www.lakecountyhistory.org, check out the stage stop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elystagestop, or call the museum at 707-533-9990.

The Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum welcomes more docents to greet visitors and share information on our history, our current displays, and our planned events.  Volunteers for maintenance and construction projects are also needed. Come join the Lake County Historical Society and become a volunteer at Ely or our sister museum, the Gibson Museum & Cultural Center in Middletown.  Applications are always available.

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Weather permitting, many Ely events include opportunities for old time hay rides between the main house and the barn. Photo by Greg Blinn.

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Pictured is the main house at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum. Photo by Greg Blinn.

Ely Stage Stop Marketplace Joins Fiddlers’ Jam in October

The October 2 Fiddlers’ Jam at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum welcomes the return of the Ely Stage Stop Marketplace. This free, family friendly, fun-packed day can be enjoyed by all, young and old alike. The Marketplace, just outside the Ely barn, will feature local handcrafted goods and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. As usual, musicians will jam from noon to 2 p.m. inside the barn.

Admission is free and there will be fun for all ages. Enjoy music, refreshments, and the opportunity to browse and purchase the wares of local craftsmen and artists. Food will be available for purchase on site from the Cactus Grill in Clearlake.

Items available at the marketplace will include jewelry, beauty products, wood and metal products, local honey, books, and more.

The Lake County Model A Club plans to display several Ford Model A vehicles during the Marketplace. Approximately 5,000,000 were made and approximately 1,000,000 are still on the road today according to club member Dick Munger.

Beverages and tasty treats will be provided by the docents in the barn. Take a ride up to the house on the hay wagon where you can enjoy the newest displays of Mason and Ball canning jars and antique kitchen gadgets.

Donations made during the fiddling benefit both the Ely Stage Stop, helping to fund the blacksmith shop, and the Old Time Fiddlers Association, District 10, who uses it to partially fund their scholarship programs.

Lake County Historical Society’s Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum is located at 9921 State Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville, near Clearlake Riviera, just north of Hwy 29-Kit’s Corner. Current hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Fiddlers’ Jams occur the first Sunday of every month from noon until 2 p.m.

Come join the Lake County Historical Society and become a volunteer at Ely or our sister museum, the Gibson Museum & Cultural Center in Middletown. Applications will be available during the day. Join the fun!

Visit www.elystagestop.org or www.lakecountyhistory.org, check out the stage stop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elystagestop or call the museum at 707-533-9990.

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Ely Marketplace last joined the May Fiddlers’ Jam. Pictured are vendors outside the Phase 1 blacksmith shop construction. Funds are needed to complete Phase 2. Come to the October 2 combined event on the Ely property. Photo by Steve Hendricks, edited by Greg Blinn.

Ely Stage Stop to close for Pear Festival Day

The Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum, operated by the Lake County Historical Society, will be closed Saturday, September 24, due to its presence in the Pear Pavilion at the 24th anniversary of the Kelseyville Pear Festival. Come by the Pear Pavilion instead that day to talk to museum docents about their current displays and activities. See our stage coach replica up close. Ask about the progress being made on the Blacksmith Shop, the current all-volunteer museum project.

Due to the Saturday closure, September’s Living History Day, usually held the fourth Saturday of each month, will be cancelled. The museum will be open as usual Sunday, September, 25.

Save the October 2 date when the Ely Stage Stop Marketplace will join the Fiddlers’ Jam. This free, family friendly, fun-packed day can be enjoyed by all, young and old alike. The Marketplace, just outside the Ely barn, will feature local handcrafted goods and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. As usual, musicians will jam from noon to 2:00 p.m. inside the barn. Enjoy music, refreshments, and the opportunity to browse and purchase the wares of local craftsmen and artists. Food will be available for purchase on site.

The museum is located at 9921 Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville (near Clearlake Riviera). Normal hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.  Fiddlers’ Jams occur the first Sunday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. Living History events featuring local historians are held on the fourth Saturday of every month, again, from noon to 2 p.m.

Visit www.elystagestop.com or www.lakecountyhistory.org, check out the stage stop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elystagestop, or call the museum at 707-533-9990. Contact the museum for questions about volunteer work, donations of old wood for barn construction, or docent applications.

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Ely Stage Coach will be on display in the Pear Pavilion during the 24th annual Kelseyville Pear Festival on Saturday, September 24. Contributed photo.

Hop on the Ely Stage and head for the Riviera Hills Round Up

On July 24, 2011, the Lake County Historical Society, a non-profit organization, opened the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum to the public marking the beginning of what would become one of the most important educational and cultural sites in Lake County.

Through its displays, activities, and collections, the Stage Stop offers the public a chance to step back in time, experiencing and learning about the region’s history, geography, and culture. In addition to free general public admission, the museum hosts regularly scheduled educational programs for local school children, community activities and provides facilities for large group gatherings such as family reunions, meetings, lectures, community fundraising events, weddings, and training programs.

The Stage Stop operates and flourishes solely by donations of time and money. Join the Ely docents and volunteers on Friday, August 26, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Riviera Hills Restaurant & Lounge for a fundraiser round up Italian-style. Enjoy an evening of family, friends and fun as we raise a fork (and some funds) to complete the Blacksmith Shop. Feast as the Italians do on a multi-course buffet of antipasto, primo, secondo, contorno and dolce. A no host bar will be available.

John Parker, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker talking about an 1876 Lake County painting that was recently discovered in the Rothschild collection.

Opportunities to win raffle baskets and bid on silent and live auction items will round out the evening of fun. A Boat Tour of Anderson Marsh for 6 led by Park Founder, John Parker, is just one of the auction items that will be available.

Tickets for the feast and fun are $50 per person and must be purchased in advance by Monday, August 15. Seating is limited, so purchase now. Stop by the museum during visitor hours and purchase them from the docents or call 707.279.0493.

Riviera Hills Restaurant & Lounge is located at 10200 Fairway Drive, Kelseyville, CA. Please support the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum, preserving Lake County’s past, present and future.

The museum is located at 9921 Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville, CA, near Clearlake Riviera, just north of Hwy 29-Kit’s Corner. Current hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. For more information, check out www.elystagestop.org, www.lakecountyhistory.org,  www.facebook.com/elystagestop or call the Ely message line at at 707.533.9990.

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Boat Tour of Anderson Marsh for 6 led by Park Founder, John Parker. Just one of the auction items available at the Ely Roundup at Riviera Hills August 26th. Tickets must be purchased in advance by August 15th at the Ely Museum or by calling 279-0493. Contributed photo.

Raise a Fork, Raise some Funds for Ely

On July 24, 2011, the Lake County Historical Society, a non-profit organization, opened the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum to the public marking the beginning of what would become one of the most important educational and cultural sites in Lake County.

Five years of operations are now being celebrated by the docents and volunteers of the museum.

Through its displays, activities, and collections, the Stage Stop offers the public a chance to step back in time, experiencing and learning about the region’s history, geography, and culture. In addition to free general public admission, the museum hosts regularly scheduled educational programs for local school children, community activities and provides facilities for large group gatherings such as family reunions, meetings, lectures, community fundraising events, weddings, and training programs.

The Stage Stop operates and flourishes solely by donations of time and money. Join the Ely docents and volunteers on Friday, August 26, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Riviera Hills Restaurant & Lounge for a fundraiser round up Italian-style. Enjoy an evening of family, friends and fun as we raise a fork (and some funds) to complete the Blacksmith Shop.

Feast as the Italians do on a multi-course buffet of antipasto, primo, secondo, contorno and dolce. A no host bar will be available. Win raffle baskets and bid on silent and live auction items.

John Parker, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker talking about an 1876 Lake County painting that was recently discovered in the Rothschild collection.

A $50 donation per person gets each guest a ticket to enjoy the feast and all the fun. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Monday, August 15. Seating is limited, so purchase now. Call 707.279.0493 for your tickets or stop by the museum during visitor hours and purchase them from the docents.

Riviera Hills Restaurant & Lounge is located at 10200 Fairway Drive, Kelseyville, CA. Please support the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum, preserving Lake County’s past, present and future.

The museum is located at 9921 Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville, CA, near Clearlake Riviera, just north of Hwy 29-Kit’s Corner. Current hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. For more information, check out www.elystagestop.org, www.lakecountyhistory.org,  www.facebook.com/elystagestop or call the Ely message line at at 707.533.9990.

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Dr. John Parker will be the keynote speaker at the Ely Riviera Round Up on Friday, August 26. Help the Ely Stage Stop volunteers raise funds to complete the Blacksmith Shop. Photo by Greg Blinn.

Ely Round Up at Riviera Hills

This month marks the 5th Anniversary of operations at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum in Kelseyville. On July 24, 2011, the Lake County Historical Society, a non-profit organization, opened the museum to the public marking the beginning of what would become one of the most important educational and cultural sites in Lake County.

In addition to free general public admission, the museum hosts regularly scheduled educational programs for local school children, community activities and provides facilities for large group gatherings such as family reunions, meetings, lectures, community fundraising events, weddings, training programs, etc.

The Stage Stop operates and flourishes solely by donations of time and money. Join the Ely docents and volunteers on Friday, August 26, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Riviera Hills Restaurant & Lounge for a fundraiser round up Italian-style. Enjoy an evening of family, friends and fun as we raise a fork (and some funds) to complete the Blacksmith Shop.

Feast as the Italians do on a multi-course banquet of antipasto, primo, secondo, contorno and dolce. A no host bar will be available. Win raffle baskets and bid on silent and live auction items.

John Parker, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker presenting “An 1876 Lake County Painting Discovered in the Rothschild Collection”.

A $50 donation per person gets each guest a ticket to enjoy the feast and all the fun. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Monday, August 15. Seating is limited, so purchase early. Call 707.279.0493 for your ticket or stop by the museum during visitor hours and purchase tickets from the docents.

Riviera Hills Restaurant & Lounge is located at 10200 Fairway Drive, Kelseyville, CA. Please support the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum, preserving Lake County’s past, present and future.

The museum is located at 9921 Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville, CA, near Clearlake Riviera, just north of Hwy 29-Kit’s Corner. Current hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. For more information, check out www.elystagestop.org, www.lakecountyhistory.org, www.facebook.com/elystagestop or call the Ely message line at at 707.533.9990.

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John Parker, Ph.D., keynote speaker at the Ely Riviera Round Up Fundraiser dinner August 26, 2016. Get tickets before August 15. Raise a fork, raise some funds. Contributed photo.

Lessons From Green Water Shared at Ely Stage Stop’s Living History Day

The popular Living History Day series continues at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum on Saturday, June 25. On the fourth Saturday of each month local historians come to the main house to visit with guests and answer questions regarding different aspects of Lake County history. As these visits are recorded, the stories of Lake County’s history are being preserved for future generations.

This month Dr. Harry Lyons, Yuba College Biology Professor, will join Ely guests for Living History Day.  Dr. Lyons will weave the stories of two nutrient-rich aquatic ecosystems, the Hudson River and Clear Lake, addressing the problems and promises of such rich biological communities. Although differing in their geological and hydrologic histories, the two systems face similar problems with over-enrichment and point-source contamination. Most feel the biological condition of the Hudson has improved; some feel the biological condition of Clear Lake has not. Dr. Lyons’s talk will address the questions – Can the political action taken on behalf of the Hudson River serve as a model for pushing improvement of water quality in Clear Lake? How is the chance of success through political action dependent on the type of pollution and its causes?

Dr. Lyons grew up swimming and fishing in the Hudson River. His life-long interest in water led him to pursue his PhD in oceanography from the Scripps Institution of the University of California after academic work at Rutgers and Stanford. He has lived by, sampled from, and swum in Clear Lake for over thirty-five years. His talks are always peppered with the spirit of relevant songs. His presentation will begin at noon.

The Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum welcomes more docents to greet visitors and share information on our history, our current displays, and our planned events.  Volunteers for maintenance and construction projects are also needed. Come join the Lake County Historical Society and become a volunteer at Ely or our sister museum, the Gibson Museum & Cultural Center in Middletown.  Applications will be available during the day.

The Lake County Historical Society’s Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum is located at 9921 State Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville, near Clear Lake Riviera, just north of Hwy 29 – Kit’s Corner. Current hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Private tours can be arranged by appointment.

Visit www.elystagestop.org or www.lakecountyhistory.org on facebook at www.facebook.com/eleystagestop, or call the museum at 707-533-9990.

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Dr. Harry Lyons by the Hudson River. Come hear his presentation “Lessons from Green Water” at noon on Saturday, 6/25, for the Ely Stage Stop’s Living History Day. Contributed photo.

“Fiddle Away” first Sunday at Ely Stage Stop

Come join the ever popular First Sunday Fiddlers’ Jam at the Ely Stage Stop on June 5. The fun begins at the museum at 11:00 a.m. with the Fiddlers playing in the barn from 12 noon through 2 p.m. The Ely Stage Stop has proven to be the perfect venue to foster community interest and appreciation for the California Old Time Fiddlers’ Association’s music. Donations will benefit the Ely Stage Stop and the Old Time Fiddlers Association.

Come early and check out the latest museum acquisitions and displays. Take a stroll down the “barn trail” connecting the main house to the barn. Check out the new permanent outdoor stage that will be used to enhance future events on the property.

This free, family friendly event can be enjoyed by all, young and old alike.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on one of the beautiful picnic tables.  Enjoy the music with beverages and tasty treats provided by the docents.  Bring your own wine and sip it in Ely Stage Stop wine glasses that are available for purchase. Come ready to clap your hands, tap your toes, and get up and dance!

The Lake County Historical Society’s Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum is located at 9921 State Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville, near Clearlake Riviera, just north of Hwy 29-Kit’s Corner.  Current hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.  Fiddlers’ Jams occur the first Sunday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. Living History events are held on the fourth Saturday of each month, again, from noon until 2 p.m. Private tours and/or public events can be arranged by appointment.

Visit www.elystagestop.org or www.lakecountyhistory.org, check out the stage stop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elystagestop, or call the museum at 707-533-9990.

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Ely Stage Stop’s Fiddlers’ Jam enjoyed by musicians and audience alike. Join the fun on Sunday, June 5. Photo by Greg Blinn.

Gene Paleno revisits Ely Stage Stop for Living History Day

On the fourth Saturday of each month local historians come to the Ely Stage Stop to visit with guests and answer questions regarding different aspects of Lake County history.  As these visits are recorded, the stories of Lake County’s history are being preserved for future generations.

The docents and volunteers of the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum are excited to welcome back Gene Paleno, author and illustrator living in Witter Springs. Paleno will be available to museum visitors on May 28 from noon till 2 p.m. Paleno’s visit that day will focus on the Bloody Island Massacre of 1850.  According to Paleno, his recently published Lake County History : A Mystical Adventure in Time includes the whole story as shared nowhere else. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and Paleno will be happy to sign them for interested visitors.

The Lake County Historical Society’s Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum is located at 9921 State Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville, near Clearlake Riviera, just north of Hwy 29-Kit’s Corner.  Current hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.  Living History events are held on the fourth Saturday of each month from noon until 2 p.m. Fiddlers’ Jams occur the first Sunday of every month, again, from noon until 2 p.m. Private tours can be arranged by appointment.

The Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum welcomes more docents to greet visitors and share information on our history, our current displays, and our planned events.  Volunteers for maintenance and construction projects are also needed. Come join the Lake County Historical Society and become a volunteer at Ely or our sister museum, the Gibson Museum & Cultural Center in Middletown.  Applications will be available during the day.

Visit www.elystagestop.org or www.lakecountyhistory.org, check out the stage stop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elystagestop, or call the museum at 707-533-9990.

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Gene Paleno welcomed to Ely Stage Stop for January’s Living History Day. Ely welcomes him back for May’s event and a book signing. Contributed photo.

Appreciation Expressed on behalf of Ely Stage Stop

The Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum historic building, considered to be one of the oldest “stick built” buildings in Lake County, was moved from its prior location on Highway 29 in 2007. After the move, Lake County’s Public Service Department took on the task of installing the building on the site, bringing in utilities, restoring the inside and constructing the entrance, driveway, and parking area. Since then much progress has been made in transforming the property into the vision under which the original project was conceived. It is time to recap the progress made and show special appreciation to those individuals or businesses whose contributions have helped us grow into one of the most important educational and historical centers in Lake County.

Much research, creativity and effort was required to restore the main house into the showcase it has become today, from wallpaper selections to construction of the beautiful wrap-around porch. What resulted is a beautiful museum with ever-changing displays for the public to enjoy. The house has been used for a variety of fund-raising events such as a Farm-to-Table Dinner in 2012, the annual June Picnic on the Porch in 2013 and 2014 (with a repeat planned for this year) and a Whiskey In America tasting in 2014.

The annual Art and Science Camp, sponsored by the Children’s Museum of Art and Science, has been co-hosted by the Stage Stop and the Taylor Observatory in Kelseyville for the last three years. The living history presentations by Stage Stop docents are always a hit with the fourth through sixth grade students. The Camp returns for a fourth year in May.

Excitement really grew as the first barn construction got under way. The completed structure affords a refuge for our stage coach, various wagons, and other equipment needing protection from the elements. Gracing the barn is our Carpenter’s Star quilt block, donated anonymously through the Lake County Quilt Trail Project. The block was temporarily mounted on the wrap-around-porch, but it now has a permanent home on the barn. The carpenter theme highlights the many hours of manual labor volunteers have donated to make this first barn possible.

The barn has also become a popular event venue. The Stage Stop partners with the Northern California Old Time Fiddlers Association on the first Sunday of each month for Fiddlers’ Jam Sessions. Lake County has a bounty of talented musicians and the barn has proven to be the perfect venue to celebrate these local musicians and the American music heritage from the Ely Stage Stop Victorian Era. Our community has passionately embraced this cultural opportunity.

On the fourth Saturday of each month local historians come to the main house from noon to 2 p.m. to visit with guests and answer questions regarding different aspects of Lake County history. As these visits are recorded, the stories of Lake County’s history are being preserved.

Sturdy picnic tables afford picnicking on the grounds in fair weather. An historic1890‘s cable car and “Wiley” signal light reside at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum for the public’s enjoyment. When you drive by 9921 State Hwy 281 (better known as Soda Bay Road) you will know exactly where to find the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum. The long awaited signage was erected in May of 2014. Bearing the striking Ely logo, the sign greets visitors and lures passers-by regardless of which direction they are traveling.

The current project being undertaken is the all-volunteer building of a working blacksmith shop which will serve as another interpretive and living history exhibit. Phase one of that complex is shaping up now next to the first barn.

All of this progress could not have been made without the support of so many local people and businesses through donations of money, materials, time or hard work. The Lake County Historical Society wishes to extend special appreciation to the following:

Jim Adams, Eric Andre, Jim Bengard, Rob Brown, Kelly Cox, Randy Craig and Erica Lundquist,
Steve Devoto, John Everett, Charlotte Griswold, Carson Holdenried, Marilyn and Myron Holdenried, Gene Kirkendall, Richard Kuehn, Barbra and William Lane, Pat and Ven Marshall, Tony Oliviera, Elizabeth Paddock, Jerry Raub, Alex Reid, the Seeley Family, Josephine and Gerry Shaul, Jr., Wilda Shock, Sam Slayden, Eric Stephensen, Sid Stokes, Justine Stottsberry, Beverly and Dave Thomas, Sharron and Brock Zoller

Braito’s Marina, Clear Lake Lava Rock, Clear Lake Redi-Mix, Clear Lake Trowel & Trellis, County of Lake, Foods, Etc., Kelly Moore Paints in Marin, Kelseyville Lumber, Kelseyville Scrap Metal, Konocti Conservation Camp CC#27, Lake County Chamber of Commerce, Lake County News, Lake County Quilt Trail Project, Lake County Record-Bee, Mt. Konocti Growers, Plaza Paints, RAH Outdoor Signs, Ray’s Food Place, Red & White Store, Rent-a-Center, Riviera Foods, Safeway in Clearlake, T & T Storage, Tri County Scrap Metals LLC, UCC Rental

Thanks also to the many anonymous and other unnamed donors who have contributed to this ongoing project to preserve Lake County history. We could not have accomplished so much without all of you.