Look for a brand-new display in the Medical Exhibit (main building lower level) of a local beautician featuring household cosmetology devices of yesteryear. Put together by museum staff members Suzie and Amy, the exhibit features old-fashioned hair curlers, antique hand mirrors, and the centerpiece: a permanent wave machine.
We take for granted how easy it is to get the looks we want—with access to electric curlers and safe chemicals, it’s more convenient than it’s ever been to keep up with today’s beauty standards. That wasn’t the case a hundred years ago when not every home had an outlet and medical chemistry was still in its infancy. It was during this period when the permanent wave machine was invented in the effort to save women time fixing their hair every morning.
Looking like a medieval torture device, the machine was the precursor to modern chemical hair perms and used heat to essentially fry the hair in place. Reaching peak popularity at the beginning of the 20th century, women would need to sit under the device for up to ten hours to achieve the desired effect. Having to sit still for that long meant that accidents were not unheard of, with burns and hair loss being commonly reported.
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The Roundhouse as a central hub of Mi-Wuk Culture
Join us for the next Lecture for the 2022-2023 Angels Camp Museum Foundation's Lecture Series!
Our Speaker: Rollie Fillmore
Discussion: The Roundhouse as a central hub of Mi-Wuk Culture
Sunday, December 4, 2022, 2:00-3:00 pm
At the Angels Camp Museum Carriage House
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Cost: $10/person, No Cost for current Museum Members or kids.
Join us Sunday, November 6, 2022, to learn about the Mokelumne Paleontology Project, with Greg Francek. The Angels Museum Foundation's Lecture Series continues, Sunday, November 6, 2022. We'll meet at 1:30 p.m., for refreshments, in the Museum's Carriage House to hear Greg Francek speak about Paleontology and the Mastodons of the Mother Lode! The lecture begins at 2 p.m. please join us and tell all your friends!
All proceeds go to improving the Angels Camp Museum.
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Angels Museum Foundation is participating in Giving Tuesday!
Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.
The museum is currently partially ADA compliant, and we’re raising funds to bring it into compliance. The museum has recently added a blacksmith shop adjacent to the other three artisan exhibits (woodworking, printing, weaving), showcases various artifacts from the gold rush era, and is one of the few places in California where you can find authentic artifacts from that time period. A favorite activity is the gold panning station just outside the pole barn.
If you’re interested in donating towards this project, please visit our donation page.
The Angels Camp Museum Foundation is proud to welcome new board members Chloe Shufeldt, Joe Olivera, and Betty Chase! Please consider volunteering on the board if you are passionate about supporting the Angels Camp Museum, or share with your friends if you know someone who can help! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
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