“Past Tents: The Way We Camped” Museum Exhibit

Before travel trailers and fancy RVs, there were tents. How did past Americans camp? The Merced County Courthouse Museum (Merced, California) is opening up “Past Tents: The Way We Camped” exhibit, a humorous look at how Californians camped from post-Gold Rush to the mid-1900s. The exhibit opens on March 17, 2011 and ends on May 8, 2011.

Camping in early 1900s. Merced County Courthouse Museum Collection.

There are three exhibit themes – “Round the Campground,” “Hitting the Trail” and “Open Roads, Open Fires.” The exhibits are filled with historical photographs and objects from the collections of the California Historical Society and the Bancroft Library. There are also replica tents setup that are packed with vintage gear. Stop to read the fun camping facts while walking through the different exhibits. The fun facts consist of long-lost camping tips and remedies.

If you are in the Merced, California area between March 17th and May 8th, make sure to check out the “Past Tents: The Way We Camped” exhibit at the Merced County Courthouse Museum.

Click Here to visit the Merced County Courthouse Museum website.

“Past Tents: The Way We Camped” was produced by the California Historical Society and the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley. The traveling tour was organized by the California Exhibition Resources Alliance (CERA).


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