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New Traveling Exhibition: Destination Mexico

Forest Home Farms Historic Park and the Glass House Museum will present “Destination México,” an exhibition organized by the DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University, the Clements Center for Southwest Study and Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Beginning in the 1880s, private companies and entrepreneurs in the United States began promoting tourism to Mexico, labeling the country “a Foreign Land a Step Away.” 

“Destination México” illuminates eight decades of tourist travel to Mexico, from the first rail connections in the mid-1880s to the advent of the jet age in the late 1950s.

The exhibition displays a large collection of mementos from many tourists’ travels to Mexico, including post cards, saved leaflets and organized snapshots from the Boone Family Collection.  “Destination Mexico” also examines the influence of political and economic conditions in Mexico and the United States and technological developments on tourism.

The exhibition will be available to the public from October 12-December 13 and is included as part of a tour of the Glass House Museum.

Destination Mexico

Mexican National Railway Booklet, 1890

Forest Home Farms Historic Park 2nd Saturday FREE Activities

Open the Second Saturday of Each Month • 10am to 2pm FREE

Glass House Tour: 10am, 11am, 12noon or 1pm
Enjoy tours of the Glass House Museum, the farm and its history, interactive exhibits,
including the tractor museum, the beautiful grounds and free activities. Visit the
Welcome Center and purchase old-fashioned toys and gifts at the Gift Shoppe.

Glass House Tours are $5 per person.

October 11– Seeds We Munch
We don’t graze in the fields like horses and cows do, but most of us eat grass seeds every day. Come discover how corn, wheat and other grains make it into your daily diet. Try processing some grains the old fashioned way as you shell corn by hand, grind wheat and sift fl our. You can also learn a song about grain and use part of the plant we don’t eat to make a corn husk doll.

November 8–Walnuts and Woodworking
After harvest, the hull (the green layer that covers the shell) of the walnut needs to be removed. See our antique huller in action doing this job, and learn more about this nut that was an important crop in the San Ramon Valley. Next, take a look at how wood is worked to make everything from toys to buildings. Try your hand at drilling with a hand-powered drill, and make a wooden top to take home.

December 13-Holiday on the Farm
Enjoy a traditional holiday family experience including visits with a Victorian Santa and his reindeer, old fashioned trim-a-tree party, a puppet show, musical entertainment and refreshments.The Glass House Museum will be decorated for the Holidays and open for docent led tours. In partnership with the San Ramon Historic Foundation.

Glass House Museum Victorian Life Education Program Grades 2-5

GLASS HOUSE MUSEUMField trips can be booked Monday thru Friday
Call (925) 973-3284 to reserve your tour

The Glass House Museum is a restored 1877 Victorian Italianate style home located at Forest Home Farms Historic Park in San Ramon. The Victorian Life Education Program is designed for grades 2-5 and corresponds with the State of California History/Social Science curriculum. The field trip includes a tour of the home and age appropriate hands-on activities conducted by trained, costumed docents. The focus of the program is to help the student develop a better understanding of daily life in a Victorian era farm house from the mid to late 1800’s through 1910 in the San Ramon Valley. Field trips are scheduled weekdays and are available on a first come, first served, space available basis.

Group field trips----perfect for scouts and Birthday Parties

Fun with Farm Animals
For children’s groups of 10 or more, ages 5 and up. We have chickens, sheep and horses! On this 45-minute tour you can learn what animals eat, how they are cleaned, sheep-herding, and more! We work with scout groups to fulfill badge requirements. $5 per person.

Dig in and Grow
For children’s groups of 10 or more, ages 5 and up. Come have an adventure in our organic garden! On this 45-minute tour children will learn about the principles of organic gardening, composting, recycling and the role of bees in the garden. This tour will include garden chores and fresh vegetable tastings, when available. $5 per person.

Preschool Fun at the Farm
For preschool groups of 10 or more, ages 3-5 and their chaperones. Come see the sheep, chickens, garden tractors, and more! We’ll sing some farm songs and enjoy some hands-on activities. There’s lots of fun waiting for you at the farm! $5 per person.

All About the Farm
This tour provides the background and history of Forest Home Farms Historic Park. Learn about the Boone Family that purchased the farm in 1899 and see all the buildings and exhibits including the Tractor Museum with over 30 restored antique tractors. For families and groups of 10 or more. $5 per person

Glass House Museum Victorian Farm Life
For groups of 10 or more, ages 5-up and their chaperones. The field trip includes a tour of the home and age appropriate hands-on activities conducted by trained, costumed docents. The focus of the program is to help children develop a better understanding of daily life in a Victorian era farm house from the mid to late 1800’s through 1910 in the San Ramon Valley. $5 per person.

See the flyer for more information: Forest Home Farms Tours

Support Forest Home Farms Historic Park

The San Ramon Historic Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit that raises funds for historic preservation.  Here is a link to their website.  www.srhf.org

Volunteer at Forest Home Farms and the Glass House Museum

Benefits of Volunteering at Forest Home Farms Historic Park

  • Meet others who share your interests in history, education and the San Ramon Valley
  • Work at San Ramon's only historic site-on the register of National Historic Places
  • Be of valuable service to the community, families and children
  • Assist with preserving our local heritage
  • Volunteer get-together's including parties and field trips
  • Have fun at the farm!

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