Tuesday, Feb 05 2013 12:03 AM

Couple's donation funds new geology exhibit, projects at Tehachapi Museum

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Geologist Chuck McCullogh, pictured with an outstanding sample of marble from the Tehachapi area. A comprehensive exhibit and video on Tehachapi area geology will be funded by a generous donation from Jessie and Mark Milano. Photo courtesy of Jon Hammond.

The Tehachapi Heritage League recently received a $10,000 donation from Jessie and Mark Milano to assist with several projects that have been in the planning stage. All three projects are slated to be completed this year.

The first project currently underway is to install an outstanding collection of rocks and minerals from the surrounding area, collected by Chuck McCullough, geologist and owner of Triassic Legacy Winery.

The exhibit will feature a professionally produced video, narrated by Jon Hammond discussing the formation of rocks and minerals in the collection and showing the earthquake fault lines surrounding Tehachapi.

A related project is the creation of a video to show the effect of the 1952 earthquake on Tehachapi. It was the second most powerful earthquake in recent California history and completely changed the face of Tehachapi. Actual vintage footage from KTLA-TV in Los Angeles will be used to show the aftermath of the quake. Many newspapers, other collateral material and eyewitness accounts will also help tell the story.

A portion of the donation will be held in a special fund to be used as seed money for a third project -- the republishing of Judy Barras's Long Road To Tehachapi. The volume is the most comprehensive account of Tehachapi's history and after four printings since 1976, it is out of print and no longer available.

As always, the museum is seeking photos, slides, films documents and any other information to help in its mission of preserving the history of the Tehachapi area.

The archives are particularly lacking in photos and other items from the 1950s onward. Items can be loaned to the Heritage League to be scanned or copied and then returned to the owners if they do not wish to give them up.

The Tehachapi Heritage League is extremely grateful to the Milanos for their continued support of its projects and the operation of the museums. With their help, the Tehachapi Museum and Errea House Museum have been able to continue to produce professional quality exhibits and present interesting programs for children and adults alike.

For more information about the Heritage League and its programs, contact Charles White at 661-972-0958.

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