On Saturday, July 27, the Tehachapi Museum, 310 S. Green St., will hold its annual "Step Back in Time to Old Tehachapi." Activities include demonstrations of old fashioned crafts like butter churning, corn shucking, spinning, tatting, crocheting, woodcarving and other crafts that are becoming a lost art. In the Museum you can see well-worn household items actually used in the 1800s.
This will be the first year that Ernie Fong, longtime Tehachapi Heritage League member who passed away last year, will not be there to show children how to make a jumping frog from paper. Chila Caldera will teach this craft to visitors and will be demonstrating other origami projects. Del Troy will be demonstrating quilting. Jon Hammond will be setting up a portable forge to demonstrate blacksmithing, which was a crucial skill for a rural area such as Tehachapi.
A special feature will be the appearance of a camel from Windswept Ranch. There was a prehistoric breed of camels in the Tehachapi area and you can see a fossil of that breed's footprint at the museum, as well as a bone from a prehistoric Wooly Mammoth found in Tehachapi.
The Errea House will be open, showcasing a 1900 to 1939 rural lifestyle. At the Museum a photo exhibit of vintage photos continues. The Kawaiisu Exhibit in the Milano Gallery gives an insight into the local Native American tribe that originally inhabited the area. Stroll around Downtown Tehachapi and look at the interesting old homes and visit the Tehachapi Depot and Railroad Museum to get a complete picture of Tehachapi's past.
There is no charge for admission to the museums and all the craft demonstrations are free. The event is from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Call the museum at 822-8152 for more information.