Browse Exhibits (5 total)

DQ University

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This exhibit provides digital reproductions of newspaper articles from the Davis Public Library's Vertical File Collection that detail the work of DQU. These articles help to provide information about the founding of the university and its success and challenges.

Second Baptist Church

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The Second Baptist Church was located between Main and Lincoln streets in Woodland. The former St. Luke’s  building was sold to the congregation on December 7, 1909 for $10. The building burned down in 1971. Originally founded in 1894 by three African-American women: Sophia Bardain Ramos, Mary Earl Padmore, and Mary Frances Gaither. By the second year of its existence, the congregation had grown to 50 members. This exhibit provides newspaper articles, photographs, and Articles of Incorporation.

Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope


This is an exhibition that was created for Women's History Month, March 2022 and is based on the National Women's History Alliance's theme for 2022: "Providing Healing, Promoting Hope."

This theme is both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during the ongoing pandemic and is also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.

This exhibition provides information about the Yolo County Women who were healers and providers of hope during WWI and in their work with Yolo General Hospital.

Blowers: Fruit, Family, and Leadership in Farming

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The twenty acres of land where the Yolo County Fairgrounds currently operates, was purchased by the 40th District Agricultural Association Board of Directors in 1940. Prior to the Fair, the land was owned and cultivated by Russell Bigelow Blowers and his family. R. B. Blowers was not only a progressive and innovative farmer, he and his family were also community oriented Yolo County residents who helped to establish the flourishing agricultural market that we continue to benefit from today. This display highlights the accomplishments of the Blowers family.

Special thanks to:

Jim Lapsley, Ph.D. Agricultural History, Emeritus Professor of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis for his research and creation of video supplements for this exhibition.
Michelle Trujillo for her videography skills, filming and editing the exhibits supplemental videos.
The Friends of the Yolo County Archives for financial support in the creation of this exhibit. 

Additional thanks to the following repositories for their assistance with research and reproductions:

Yolo County Historical Collection
University of California Davis, Archives and Special Collections Harold Paul Olmo Papers D-280
Crocker Art Museum
University of California Berkeley, Bancroft Library
Russell B. Blowers and Sons records, 1887-1921, BANC MSS C-G 76

A Run Around the Block: Woodland Through the Eyes of Veta Hurst Griggs

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This display describes the life and work of Veta Hurst Griggs, the author of A Run Around the Block, a memoir about growing up in Woodland, CA at the turn of the twentieth century. In her memoir she paints a vivid picture of Woodland, detailing her time with classmates, the community, her family, and friends.

This display was created for Women's History Month, 2023 based on the national theme of "Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories."