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Pacifica Museum and Event Center Opens for First Time This Weekend

On display during Fog Fest weekend will be two exhibits, 'The History of Surfing in Pacifica' and 'Building the Tunnel.'

The Pacifica Historical Society (PHS) is opening the doors to the new Pacifica Museum and Event Center at the Little Brown Church this weekend for the very first time to the public for Fog Fest, showcasing two exciting exhibits that contribute to Pacifica's rich history on the San Mateo County Coast.

So here's your opportunity to "see the progress of the restoration and to enjoy the exhibits on display," said PHS president Kathleen Manning, because doors will only be open this weekend during Fog Fest. The Pacifica Museum and Event Center will not fully be open to the public until some time in 2014 since approximately $100,000 is still needed to complete the restoration.

The first exhibit on view this weekend is called "The History of Surfing in Pacifica," assembled by filmmaker/videographer Steve Brown and KBWB Channel 20 production manager and film director Robert Twigg. This exhibit will feature video footage of surfing with commentary from local surfers, 1940 to 1960 family photos of the Keating family, vintage surfing photographs, posters from Kahuna Kupuna, the annual shortboard and longboard surf contest at Linda Mar Beach, as well as surf boards, art and memorabilia.

The second exhibit, "Building the Tunnel," is curated by Devil's Slide tunnel advocate Mitch Reid and Pat Kremer, PHS member. This exhibit will also have video, featuring construction of the bridge produced by Caltrans. Campaign artifacts and photos, some which were featured at the San Mateo County History Museum last spring, will also be on display as well as archive photographs of Devil's Slide. "In addition we have a number of photographs donated to us by Kiewit Corporation of the actual construction process," said Manning.

The Pacifica Museum Center at the Little Brown Church is located at 1850 Francisco Blvd. and will be open during Fog Fest weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday only. 
   

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