In 2020, the Calaveras Community Foundation celebrated their 20th anniversary of supporting the surrounding community and the Angels Camp Museum Foundation is grateful to have been included in this milestone round of funding. Thanks to the $25,000 grant, and the diligent efforts of so many volunteers and others, led by Martin Huberty, Director of the Angels Camp Museum, on April 30, 2022 the community came together for a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting of the new Frog Jump Exhibit.
The grant went towards redesigning the exhibit inside the main building of the museum and adding a new, interactive outdoor installation that depicts the timeline and milestones of the frog jump from its beginnings with Mark Twain’s tale about the ‘Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County’ to the first Frog jump held down town on Main Street Angels Camp in 1928. The evolution of the celebration eventually found its permanent home at Frogtown in 1937 with a set day that specified the event be held each year on the third weekend of May.
Bria Heintz, the 8-year-old member of the Calaveras Frog Jockeys team and winner of last year’s Frog Jump competition cut the ribbon and kicked of the festivities of the day with a delegation of real frogs escorted by the fairgrounds’ Frogmobile so kids could get back in the jumping groove just in time for the actual competition coming up next week at the Calaveras County Jumping Frog Jubilee! as a preview of the fun to come at the big competition coming up next week!
The Foundation’s Lecture Series is a labor of love between the foundation and museum historians. The series starts in October and runs through April occurring monthly on the first Sunday of each month from 2:00-3:00 pm (No January lecture). This popular series has been offered since 2011 and take place in the Museum's Carriage House. Lecture attendance is $10.00 per person with complementary refreshments.
Proceeds from the Leture Series go towards the Angels Camp Museum Foundation's current campaigns to benefit the Angels Camp Museum. Please read more to see a summary of the 2021-2022 Lecture Series and links to watch them on Calaveras County TVs YouTube channel.
This year the foundation will pursue 3 grants from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH), two of which focus on museum collection cataloging and one focused on an exhibit.
Lots of exciting announcements about the museum, read more below!
Now 55% of Goal!
To date the latest Foundation campaign to benefit the Mining and Ranching Building (aka the Pole Barn) has brought in $14,214.25 which includes $1,250 raised from the Foundation’s lecture series.
We plan to kickstart our 2022 efforts with more “What the Heck is That?” and “Bet you didn’t Know” fundraising campaign emails and hope to reach our $25,000 goal by July – 1 year after we began.
The generosity of our members, lecture goers, and other supporters has been remarkable and greatly appreciated! THANK YOU! If you haven’t been to the Mining & Ranching building lately, I encourage you to go and see the outstanding progress that has been made!
In 2021 The Angels Camp Museum Foundation applied for a $10K google ad grant and we are happy to report that this grant has been awarded! The Google Ad Grants program supports registered nonprofit organizations, including many that share Google's philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts. Google Ad Grants is an in-kind advertising program that awards free online advertising to nonprofits. The Foundation is working with a local Google Advertising professional and will be focusing on raising awareness of the museum, promoting exhibits, increasing admissions, and raising funds.
Native son Martin Huberty returns to Calaveras County to take over the Calaveras Visitors Bureau (CVB) and becomes the new Angels Camp Museum Director. One of the Pandemic’s few positive unintended consequences was the co-location of the CVB with the Angels Camp Museum grounds from its original old town Angels Camp location. One of the first places people go when visiting the area is the Visitor’s Bureau and with the museum right there -it makes it the perfect first stop to kick off a tour of the Gold Country and the Sierra foothills.
ANGELS CAMP MUSEUM FOUNDATION OFFERS FREE ACCESS TO NEW INSTAGRAM AUDIO STORY OF ANDREW GALLIARDO, AN 1850’S GOLD MINER
Just in Time for Back to School (Or Not): Discover what Life was really like during California’s Gold Rush
Angels Camp, CA – September 28, 2020 – The Angels Camp Museum had just taken delivery in March of new Acoustiguide handsets for the upcoming launch of the new self-guided audio tour of their 3-acre campus full of Gold Rush era history when the stay at home order was put in place. Since then, the planned April 11 launch date has come and gone and at present at least in California, only outdoor museum exhibits are allowed to be open.
Museum Introduces New Digital Docent Self-Guided Audio Tour
Angels Camp, CA – March 30, 2020 – The Angels Camp Museum Foundation in collaboration with the staff and historians at the Angels Camp Museum is announcing the launch of a self-guided audio tour bringing the history of the California Gold Rush to life as visitors explore the museum’s three-acre campus. The official launch is timed to coincide with the museum’s April 11 Living History Day where the Carpentry, Printing and Weaving artisan exhibits will all be staffed by docents in period costume and demonstrating their crafts.