Rancho Bernardo museum seeks collections from locals
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
Rancho Bernardo Historical Society is seeking interesting collections owned by locals that could be loaned for display in its museum.
In a section dubbed “The Collections Box,” an assortment of nautical-related items are on display. The centerpiece is a model sailing ship made by Rancho Bernardan Frank Auwarter. Accompanying it are antique maritime instruments loaned to the museum by RB resident Seymour Glick and paintings of the San Salvador by Capt. Richard DeRosset. The ship was the first European vessel to sail into San Diego Bay.
The locked display area is near the museum’s front door and built across from the museum’s Wall of Honor, which recognizes locals for their military service. The space is about 16 inches deep, 60 inches wide and 48 inches high. Shelving is adjustable to accommodate various size items.
Nearby is a stand-alone display case in the middle of the museum that can hold small items of a few inches in height. Placed there now is a wooden stereoscope dating back to the late 19th or early 20th century and view cards from 1900. These items are owned by Rancho Bernardan Janet Atkin.
Auwarter, a museum board member on the display committee, said the pictures are of various scenes, showing buildings, military personnel and children.
He said the new addition gives locals an opportunity to share their items with others even if the items do not have a historical tie to Rancho Bernardo. Potential loan items are antique tea pots, dolls, clocks, political buttons, model airplanes and war memorabilia. The owners’ names are displayed alongside their items.
“We’re especially interested in collections on the history of Rancho Bernardo, but it is not required,” Auwarter said.
Those interested in loaning collection items to the museum can leave a message for Auwarter at the museum, which is at the Bernardo Winery, 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo.
Meanwhile, the museum staff is also looking for addition items related to Rancho Bernardo that locals are willing to donate or have copied. These could include old photos. For information on this, contact Peggy Rossi at the museum.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays, and noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Go to www.RBHistoricalSociety.org.
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