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Upcoming Events

March 3- May 29, 2015 - Jacks Around Town
Visit all 25 Jack rabbits while they are on display at their sponsor locations. Maps available at Museum at each sponsor location. Collect all 25 Jack Facts. Eneter to win an Aple ipad air. One fact posted on each jackrabbit - must be under 18 to enter. Contest details at weknowjack.org

April 24 - Beyond the Rabbit Gallery Show and Sale Opening Reception 6pm

April 25 - July 5 - Beyond the Rabbit
A gallery exhibition and sale featuring the art of the " We Know Jack" artists.

May 3 - Sallie Fox Day 12-2

Free pioneer activity day for students and families. Interactive activity stations throughout the Museum courtyard with gold rush era learning opportunities. 

The Museum’s Sallie Fox Day is an activity based program of local pioneer life planned for families with school age children. Children will be able to catch gold fever by panning for mock gold this year.

The Vacaville Museum courtyard will be filled with experiences based on pioneer life including; gold panning, packing a wagon, making butter, quill pen writing, making simple toys, bonnets and other learning experiences.  A replica of Sallie Fox’s traveling apron, worn on her overland journey to California in 1858-59 will be on display as well as other replica pieces of her traveling clothes.

Dorothy Kupcha Leland authored a lightly fictionalized account of the overland journey, Sallie Fox, The Story of a Pioneer Girl. Copies of this book will be available to purchase at the event.

Who Was Sallie Fox?

In the spring of 1858, 12 year old Sallie Fox and her family left Iowa in a wagon train headed to California. They followed the Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico and onward across the desert to the banks of the Colorado River. After camping for a few days on a sacred Mohave Indian site, the pioneers were surprised by an Indian attack that killed and wounded several of their party. Sallie Fox was one of the dozen wounded, and her step-father one of the four dead emigrants. 

The Indians drove off and scattered their cattle, oxen and most of their horses. 100 remaining pioneers were stranded in the summer heat 500 miles from the nearest town. Eventually, the group backtracked on foot toward Albuquerque, aided by another passing wagon train. The following spring, most of the group finally arrived in California. Sallie Fox, her mother and sister arrived in Vacaville in 1859. A black walnut Sallie had picked up along the trail in Arizona was planted at her Uncle Josiah’s ranch, which grew to be the ‘Nut Tree’, under which Helen and Bunny Power opened their fruit stand along Highway 40 in 1921. The Nut Tree became a major landmark and highway destination for the next 74 years.

May 30 - Jacks in the Courtyard
Come see all the Jacks side by side at the Museum, vote on your favorite and enjoy the fun.

June 2- June 18 - Jacks in the Museum
Jacks on display inside the Museum Gallery with Beyond the Rabbit exhibit

June 20 - Hit the Road Jack - CC Yin Ranch Tickets $65. limited seating
Finale and live auction of the Jacks when we raise our paddles to raise money for Vacaville Museum. Tickets available brownpapertickets.com or the Museum office

Oct 9 - Jim Lawrenz Memorial Golf Tournament
Registration & Donation forms here.



Recent Events

Friday Nov 14, 2014 - January 4, 2015 Serigrafia exhibition Artist's Reception with Malaquias Montoya 5-7 pm. Open gallery including conversation with featured artist, Malaquias Montoya. Event is free to the public.

Friday Nov 7, 2014 - Serigrafia Exhibition Gala opening 6-8

October 24, 2014 - Jim Lawrenz Memorial Golf Tournament, Chardonnay Golf Club

June 20, 2014 - Celebrate Solano! Art Show Opening Gala 6-8

Saturday June 7 - Dinner at the Dump Fundriaser
Recology Recycling Center, 302 N. 1st. St. Dixon 6-10