A Package Deal: The Art of Agriculture
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Opening Reception: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Wine and Refreshments
Visual Presentation: 6:00 p.m.

"Fruit Packing in the Central Valley" by Maxwell Norton,
U.C. Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor
This interesting exhibit, organized by the National Steinbeck Center and funded by the California Council for the Humanities, is coming to the Merced County Courthouse Museum on Sept. 23. Featuring 80 original California fruit and vegetable labels, the exhibit depicts a variety of themes ranging from people, animals, comics and sports to the Wild West, patriotism and California scenes. It shows how a good commercial artist could turn a simple crate label into a work of art which reflected the evolution of American values, politics, aesthetics, and technology. A collection of Merced County crate labels will also be on display. The exhibit will run through Nov. 18, 2004.

Live Oak Farms (1920s)
Founders of Live Oak Farms from left to right: Carlo Giampaoli, Florindo Marchini, Marino Giampaoli, and Decimo Marchini. These four Italian immigrants are working in the shed beneath a live oak tree on the Glasgow Farm off of Savannah Road.