The spirit of community service is alive and well in Porterville.
The Porterville Historical Museum wants to make sure that point was delivered and that was judging by the strong turnout for the museum’s new special exhibit on Friday as the museum hosted a gala for the exhibit, Salute To Service. The exhibit will be on display at the museum for approximately six weeks. The museum is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“It’s a great turnout,” said museum treasurer Susan Uptain. “I’m really happy about it.”
Over 100 years of community service in Porterville are featured in the exhibit. Not only does the exhibit honor service clubs in the community, but all who serve, including military, police, fire and lifesaving, and volunteers.
Among the highlights is a more than 100-year-old bald eagle that was displayed at Eagles Lodge on Main Street. The bald eagle is accompanied by a photo from the 1923 Porterville Armistice Day Parade of an Eagles Lodge tank rolling down Main Street.
The float has a banner that reads: “Eagles shoot for old age pensions.” Also on the back of the tank is the bald eagle which is now on display in the museum.
Porterville Library Junctions, which has established “little libraries” in and around Porterville, was also prominent at the exhibit. The organization aims to establish 100 library junctions in honor of Porterville Fire Captain Raymond Figueroa and Firefighter Patrick Jones who were killed in the February 18, 2020 fire that destroyed the Porterville Public Library . Friday was of course the second anniversary of the fire.
PLJ also featured one of its flagship bookcase junctions designed by Jeanette Brewer which is now on sale. More information is available by emailing [email protected]
PLJ also had a video that, in addition to showcasing their organization, also featured a “book bike” from another community. While the Porterville Public Library has a bookmobile for tasks such as providing resources to local schools, PLJ’s Tim Baker also said it would be nice if Porterville had a large tricycle that could transport books all over the city. town. “I would love to have one here,” Baker said.
The Porterville Public Library also had a showcase for its adult literacy program, which includes the Adult Learning Center located in the City Hall Annex building adjacent to Centennial Park. The case sits below the model that was used to raise money for the band’s mural at Centennial Park.
The Adult Literacy Program—Reading to Succeed—provides adults with basic reading, writing and math lessons. The program is funded by the California State Library. Volunteer tutors work with adults in the program.
“The only requirement is a heart to help an adult read and write,” said library assistant/literacy assistant Annamarie Olson of anyone who wants to become a tutor. Those who want to become a tutor can call the library, 784-0177.
Other clubs highlighted in the exhibit are the Porterville Lions Club, Porterville Zonta Club, Porterville Breakfast Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Poterville, Elks Lodge, Porterville Garden Club, and VFW Post 9499 of Springville. This exhibit features Vietnam Veteran Steve D. Schultz’s book “We Marched Through Hell,” which chronicles the experiences of many local veterans.
The permanent exhibit that honors firefighters is also part of the exhibit and the plaque saved from the library fire that was dedicated during the library’s renovation in 1975 is part of this exhibit.
Among those in attendance at the gala was Porterville College President Dr. Claudia Habib, a member of the Breakfast Rotary Club, who was heavily involved in the development of the Breakfast Rotary exhibit.
Breakfast Rotary President and Stafford’s Chocolates owner Rob Taylor also donated a Stafford’s gift basket for the event. Raffle tickets were sold for the gala gift basket.