The new permanent exhibit in Community Memorial Museum’s Multi-Cultural Wing will open with a reception on Friday, September 28th, titled Chinese Pioneers in Sutter County. Because the Chinese men who lived in Sutter County in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were typically involved in agriculture, the exhibit represents a small kitchen where a Chinese bachelor farmhand would cook and take his meals. He might have a wife and children back home in China, but because they were not allowed to immigrate to this country, he lived a bachelor life. He might have come to California hoping to find gold to improve his desperate economic situation in China. Chinese farmers are credited with salvaging much of the once fertile farmland along the rivers that was severely damaged by hydraulic mining debris.
Many of the artifacts in the exhibit were used by Chinese farmers or ranch cooks here in Sutter County. They will take visitors back in time over 100 years ago for a look inside a little known world. The public is invited to the opening reception on September 28th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.
Three more cases of West Nile virus have been reported to Sutter County Public Health for a total of five cases this year. A woman and two men have each been hospitalized with the neuroinvasive form of West Nile virus illness. Two of the patients are stable, but one of the men is quite ill. This is another reminder that West Nile virus is present and active in Sutter County and of the importance of protecting yourself and your family from mosquito bites.
This makes a total of five reported human cases in Sutter County this year. The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to be very active with mosquito control and monitoring mosquito activity. As of last week in Sutter County, sixteen WNV positive birds, 18 WNV positive mosquito samples, and 29 WNV positive chickens have been reported to the California Department of Public health for this year.
Nick Weber grew up in Yuba City in the 1940s. As a boy, he taught himself circus tricks in a corner of his grandfather’s wholesale beer and wine distributorship yard. As a student at Notre Dame Elementary School in Marysville and at San Jose’s Bellarmine Prep School, he became attracted to the priesthood. After a traditional 13-year training course, he was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1970.
His years of study led to a degree in philosophy and two master’s degrees, one in theology and another in drama. He began to wonder if his fascinations with circus, magic, theater and the sanctuary could merge. With his superiors’ approval, his ministry became a full blown, miniature authentic circus, as he became the founder, director, ringmaster and head clown. In the rich California atmosphere of the Sixties street theater, he explored a reinvention of the medieval morality play for the marketplace audience. The “Royal Lichenstein Circus, the World’s Smallest Complete Circus” toured the country for two decades performing at school assemblies, shopping malls, college campuses, prisons, and farm workers’ camps. Time Magazine described it as “an amiable blend of circus tricks and low-key parables”.
Nick Weber, now a retired layman living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will return to Yuba City to present a program about his astounding life and ministry and a book signing at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County on Thursday, September 20th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The book The Circus That Ran Away with a Jesuit Priest is available for purchase that evening and will be available in the Museum Store. Admission to the event is free.
The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.
The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is seeking volunteers with a few hours to give each month. Volunteers greet visitors at the front desk in a morning or afternoon shift and participate in various activities at the Museum. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141. Join a great group of volunteers now and make a meaningful contribution to your community.