Blueprint of the Modesto Southern Pacific Depot, 1914

MAD Week 2020
September 12-20, 2020 – an online extravaganza!
See fun movies about architecture, landscape, and design, take a virtual tour or workshop, find fun activities for the kids.

Virtual Workshop (ongoing, any time or place)
Modesto House History Workshop
Uncover the earliest documents for your Modesto property in this easy to follow 12 minute video. The workshop is lead by our assistant architecture curator, Ben Jameson-Ellsmore.

Virtual Exhibit
Modesto 150
Modesto, California was founded by the Central Pacific Railroad in October and November 1870. Read some of the amazing untold stories of the building of the railroad and the first months of the boomtown.

Talk and Exhibit
Southern Pacific Depots of Modesto & The San Joaquin Valley
by Jean-Guy Dube (Postponed and awaiting rescheduling)
Mr. Dubé has researched and written about Southern Pacific Depots since 1983. He is the author of Railroad Depots: A Southern Pacific Collection, which features a selection of 48 of his depot, railroad building, and other architectural drawings.  He was awarded the national Leicester B. Holland Prize for 2017 by the National Park Service and Library of Congress, and has three blueprints permanently archived in the Library of Congress. Jean-Guy is also an accomplished draftsmen and author and he has created a detailed 24 x 36-inch blueprint poster of our Modesto depot. Dube will sell and sign copies of his book and poster at the talk for $45 each.

Join us as he highlights some of the historic railroad depots of the San Joaquin Valley, with an emphasis on the multiple depots of Modesto especially our current 105-year old Mission Revival depot. Travel back 150 years via slideshow to see rare photographs, maps, and ephemera of Southern Pacific’s San Joaquin Division. The talk will feature an exhibition of Mr. Dube’s detailed depot blueprints and will also highlight his book Railroad Depots – A Southern Pacific Collection.

The 1930s Panoramic Photography of Oscar Mayo

EXHIBIT (Temporarily suspended)
The 1930s Panoramic Photography of Oscar Mayo
Ralston’s Goat Restaurant, 1001 10th Street, corner of J
Tuesdays – Thursdays, 11 am to midnight; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 am to 2 am; Sundays, 9 am to 3 pm

Oscar Mayo began doing his panoramic photography in Modesto by 1912. In the 1930s, he captured Modesto buildings and many of the downtown blocks in single exposures. See several of his shots on the wall at Ralston’s Goat. The exhibit was first displayed during the 2015 architecture festival and is made up of prints from negatives in the city’s McHenry Museum collection. The photos are on long-term loan to Ralston’s Goat. Thank you.