Santee Community Composting Event

Learn about Composting and Vermicomposting

With summer around the corner, the City of Santee and Waste Management will be holding free composting workshops for Santee residents at the Santee Historical Society, located at 9200 Magnolia Ave.

The event will offer residents of Santee the opportunity to learn the basics of vermicomposting (composting with worms).

Workshops will be held held at the following times:

-10:30a.m. -11:30a.m. -12:30p.m.

Additionally, the museum will be open for residents to browse before and after the workshops. For additional information, customers may contact Kristine Costa with Waste Management at kcosta2@wm.com.

 

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Photos from our Monarch Butterfly event

We had a great turnout out our Monarch Butterfly event.   We thought we would share some photos with you.

A released monarch butterfly

Guests planted a Monarch Butterfly Garden

One of the exhibits at the Monarch Butterfly Event

 

 

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The Gopher Trapping Champion lived in Santee!!

Meet the Gopher Trapping Champion of 1927

Friday Morning, February 11, 1927

Who is the champion gopher trapper of the county?  Two Escondido ranchers started something when they put in a claim for the title, announcing that they had trapped about 250 together.

Then came Gilbert Shamrak of Ramona who clipped 538 gopher tails in 1926 and figured that number sufficient to rest all other claims of big catches of that year.

But, now, comes information to Escondido, birthplace of the gopher trapping contest, of the original Pied Piper of gopherdon.  His name is Henry McPherson.  His home is at the Edgemoor Farm in Santee.  According to news from his home, he is at present in the county hospital suffering from a slight stroke of paralysis.  However, he is expected to improve sufficiently within a few days to resume his occupation of catching rodents in this neighborhood.

McPherson is 61 years old.   He has been at the farm since January 1924, and during that time is reported to have caught and been paid for nearly 5000 gophers.  This is only an estimate, however, as the clerk of the farm, H.A.Vance, did not look up the records, but he did go through the files for the last year.  McPherson caught and was paid for 2000 gophers.  The county pays a bounty of 5 cents for each gopher tail.

DAILY CATCHES

McPherson keeps his daily catches until he has them in lots of 50 or 100 and then sends them to county officials.  Chester Gunn, superintendent, counts the tails and vouches for the number and the supervisors accept his figures.

There is no doubt about the 2000 caught during 1926, as the records show it and the tails are all tied up in the tobacco sacks and kept in the office at the farm.

McPherson is so badly crippled by paralysis that he has no use of his right hand and can walk only with difficulty.  However, by the use of his left hand and his teeth, he manages to set his traps.  He uses the ordinary spring traps and set them so skillfully that the gophers find it necessary to crawl over them to get in and out of their burrows.  He keeps from two to three dozen traps in use at all times and reaps a harvest of from a dozen to 20 gophers tails each day.

During March and May, last year, he did a comparatively light business, sending in for county bounty only 100 tails each of those months.  The rest of the year, his average was about 200 a month.

PROUD OF RECORD

McPherson is proud of his achievements in this line of work and thinks that if it were not for his work the county farm might have been overrun with the pests.  He keeps tab on the number of animals of each sex he captures and is fond of estimating the number there would have been there had he not killed so many.  His crop of prospective gophers, considering their breeding capacity, runs in to the millions and he thinks of himself as having saved the farm from a devastating plague.

The trapper places his earnings into a fund which he is acquiring to pay his funeral and burial expenses.  He has a decided aversion to being buried in a potter’s field, it is said, and is making provisions against that contingency.  He now has more than $200 in the fund.

Already McPherson has succeeded in besting the most aspirants of the county for gopher-trapping honors.  However, that is what H.R. Greaves of this valley thought when he announced he had caught 102 during 1926.  There is still a possibility that other trappers will put in their bid for the rodent extermination crown.

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It’s Membership Time!!!!!!

The Santee Historical Society explores Santee’s past to enrich our present and inspire our future. We connect people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing Santee’s history. Family histories, events, newspaper articles, books, and photographs are being organized, filed and scanned for future research projects. We are a private, 501(c)3 membership organization located at 9200 Magnolia Ave in the green and white barn.

Museum Hours
Tuesday 10 am to 12 Noon
(Closed 2nd Tuesday of each month )
3rd Saturday 10 am to 2 pm.

(619) 449-2024
Email – TheSanteeHistoricalSociety@gmail.com
Facebook – The Santee Historical Society
Webpage – SanteeHistoricalSociety.org

You can join the Santee Historical Society by credit card –  click here.

or

For a printable version of our membership application – click here.

Please fill it out, and mail the completed form with your check to:

Santee Historical Society – Attn: Membership –

P.O. Box 710636 – Santee, CA 92072

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Why do we need family photographs at the museum?

Images have power. As a form of language, visual data influences the way we create social meaning and share cultural knowledge. Seeing and then interpreting what we see is critical to our understanding the world from a particular lens or worldview.

Additionally, images have an ability to communicate beyond the power or necessity of words. It is true that a picture can be worth a thousand words, particularly in contemporary cultures that are visually driven. Images offer “thick descriptions” of people, events, places, and particular moments in time. It’s why social media is so popular and instrumental in present-day cultures.

Images also offer first-person perspectives on historical events that help us see and understand from different points of view. Photographs allow us to immerse ourselves in the histories and moments caught in a camSantee School marblesera’s lens.

Photographs can be objects or works of art. They can be a form of archival texts that document time, or windows into different cultures and worlds from our past. I like to think that photographs can bear witness. They provide visual evidence of a culture as a testament to our nation’s history.

It is for us to capture images of our times to preserve them for future generations. Fortunately with the availability access to social media and cloud storage today’s youth and those to come can enjoy these photos and many others that were once “lost”.

A photograph is actually an object in many ways. Just as museums are most interested in collecting original three-dimensional artifacts, we collect original photographs, negatives, digital negatives, or digital scans from negatives, depending on why and how the photo will be shared with the public. Antique and vintage photos and negatives are different from the contemporary images that sometimes come to us as digital negativ15432-1 Santee - Santee School - 1903es from the photographer.

In addition to being an object, though, images are also archival documents. So we’d want to collect images as original archival material as well. As a museum operating in the 21st century, we recognize that the original might also include digital files from digital cameras or high-resolution scans of negatives, which helps to stabilize images.

Our job is to share history and preserve American legacies, and sharing and preserving the work of photographers who have documented our nation’s culture and history is part of that.

The provenance and personal stories behind certain images, as well as the donors’ reasons for wanting to donate, are incredibly moving. People support our vision by helping to build the museum through donating family treasures has real value to us. Our collection is like a family album of sorts, with thousands of different branches in the family tree, and each one is significant to telling a broader story. Our donors become an important part of a  history, and the sense that the museum is working with a community of people as part of a family aligns with our mission.

Parts of this article are from – Aaron Bryant, NMAAHC’s curator

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