CSU, Chico News

Hunt for Treasure and Explore the Whimsy of Camping at Gateway Science Museum

Date: 08-31-2011

Rachel Teasdale, Acting Executive Director
530-898-4121, rteasdale@csuchico.edu
Cheyenne King, Marketing Intern
209-277-5588, cking25@mail.csuchico.edu
Joe Wills, Public Affairs Director

Explore the science of treasure hunting and discover John and Annie Bidwell’s camping style with the opening of the fall exhibits at Gateway Science Museum. The new exhibits open at noon on Saturday, Sept. 10 and feature The Hunt for Treasure!, Past Tents: The Way We Camped and Earth as Art 3.

The Hunt for Treasure! highlights the science, history and thrill of treasure hunting. Visitors can explore the sunken treasure of ships that never arrived at their destinations or treasures unearthed by Gold-Rush era miners. Hands-on activities engage visitors in the tools of treasure hunting while hunting for treasures hidden within the museum. Visitors will also explore geocaching, the modern version of treasure hunting using global positioning systems and smartphone maps.

Past Tents: The Way We Camped explores camping in California from post-Gold Rush times to the mid-1900s. Early camping was an enterprise of independence, simplicity and festivity. It offered a change of pace, the splendor of scenery and an opportunity to be close to nature and escape the trappings of society for a time. Through whimsical photos, vintage canvas tents and 3-D images of a by-gone era, visitors will explore camping styles from the simplest blanket-and-fry pan outfits to elaborate open-air housekeeping extravaganzas.

In the Valley Gallery discover Earth as Art 3, a collection of photographic images taken from space. The images, taken by Landsat satellites, were selected for aesthetic purposes from images originally collected for scientific research. Covering the sand dunes of Algeria to the Painted Desert of Arizona, these images offer a unique way to view our planet and its many natural wonders.

The Hunt for Treasure is organized by NRG! Exhibits. Past Tents: The Way We Camped was produced by the California Historical Society and The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, and based on the book co-published by Heyday Books and The Bancroft Library in 2006. The exhibition tour is organized by Exhibit Envoy. Earth as Art 3 is provided by the United States Geological Survey.

Gateway Science Museum is open Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and is located at 625 Esplanade. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for museum members. For more information, please visit www.gatewayscience.org or check out our Facebook page.