Friday is the 13th of October!
That means it's time for a Triskaidekaphobia Party at the Winters Museum & Winters Printing Company's Joint Center for Local History!
Join us as we continue the tradition of the Newt Wallace Family's Friday the 13th Party on Friday, October 13, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
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Triskaidekaphobia--fear of the number 13--has been around for thousands of years. It was known to exist in ancient Greece, but even then, there were scoffers. Rome had a 13 Club whose members, 13 in number, flouted the superstition by meeting on the 13th of each month. In the Middle Ages in England, 13 was associated with being hanged, as the hangman got 13 pence for doing the job. Even today, in most tall buildings, there’s no 13th floor. Presumedly, calling the story above 12 the 14th floor casts off the curse.
Tom Crisp Talks Buckeye
On Saturday, May 20th at the Winters Community Library, Winters historian Tom Crisp discussed his book, The People of Buckeye and Early Winters. He began with a quick review of the work that had been done by the Winters History Project on Buckeye, followed by a description of his research strategy and sources. He explained how a decision regarding the routing of an extension of the Vaca Valley Railroad led to the demise of Buckeye and the rise of Winters. Crisp finished by highlighting various people and interesting tidbits that he discovered while working on his project.
Crossing the Blue Ridge
by Marc Hoshovsky
In the late 1800s, the Blue Ridge was a major obstacle to travel between the Sacramento Valley and the Berryessa Valley, and thence to Napa Valley and Clear Lake. A mountain wall rising 2500 feet from the floor of the Sacramento Valley, the Blue Ridge runs north and south for forty miles from Vacaville to Rumsey.