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Dan Brown's Exhibit of Antique Tools

Dan Brown is no stranger to the Sharpsteen Museum. His collection of antique bottles and post cards from the turn of the century were featured at the Museum two years ago in the exhibit "Petaluma of Yesteryear".

Dan's display of antique tools mostly contain those that were used in the logging industry, but also on exhibit are general hardware and household tools from by-gone eras, that were a necessity for both men and women.

The acquisition of old tools began in the mid 1970s for Dan, when he fist started building his collection of antique bottles and postcards.

Dan Brown In 1984, when he had the opportunity to build a log cabin in Olympic National Park, Dan's interest turned towards logging tools. That same cabin is used today as the Ranger Station at Lake Crescent.

"I like the wear and tear that's evident on each old piece. If the tools could talk, they'd have quite a story to tell!"

Dan Brown’s Antique Tools will be on exhibit until November.


Coming November 8th
Walt & Ben: Together Again

Walt and Ben

“Walt & Ben: Together Again”, is the title of the next Special Exhibit coming to the Sharpsteen Museum on November 8, and concluding sometime in April, 2014. Dave Mason, an author, speaker, and collector of early Disney history, has kindly offered to loan and display items from his collection, which highlights the years that Walt and Ben worked together (1929-1959). Included will be unique documents from the Walt Disney Studio, animation art, rare Disneyland souvenirs and artifacts, and an assortment of items from the family archive of Walt’s own parents, Elias and Flora Disney. It will be the first public showing of Dave’s collection.

Walt and Ben Display

Dave Mason is a member of the Sharpsteen Museum and also a lifetime member of the San Fernando Valley Historical Society. In addition, Dave is a Founding Member of the Walt Disney Family Museum at the Presidio of San Francisco. Dave Mason’s appreciation for historic artifacts from “the Walt era” (1901-1966) began during his childhood in Anaheim, California. As one of the millions of television viewers who enjoyed Walt’s Sunday evening anthology series (“Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color”) on NBC during the 1960’s, Dave had the added privilege of attending Walt Disney School in Anaheim. It was during Walt’s personal visit to the school in February of 1965 that Dave gained his personal appreciation for preserving and sharing the unique history of the twentieth century’s greatest storyteller.

During a visit to the Sharpsteen Museum last year, Dave enjoyed talking with the museum’s volunteers about the common history that was shared between Ben Sharpsteen and Walt Disney. As a result, he offered to assemble an exhibit that would honor the contributions of both talented men.
The public is invited to a Special Exhibit Preview Party at the Museum on Friday, Nov. 8, from 5:30-7:00 pm. Come enjoy the exhibit, refreshments, and musical entertainment by Alan Arnopole and California Zephyr.