The Hattie Weber Museum of Davis will celebrate Picnic Day by selling copies of the history-minded person’s ideal souvenir of the day — Arcadia Publications’ new book about the history of UC Davis.
Dennis Dingemans, museum director and one of the book’s authors, will be at a table on the museum’s front porch from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday to sell and to autograph copies of the book. Among the book’s 231 images are chapter 7’s 20 vintage photographs of the Picnic Day event through the years. All profits benefit the museum, which is at 445 C St. in the northeast corner of Central Park.
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The 1950s parade entry by pomology celebrates “Fruits of Research” as the decorated beaker dispenses chemicals that have insects on the run and fruits looking perfect. During this era, parade floats sometimes rivaled Rose Parade designs. Courtesy photo
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This 1919 parade entry by agronomy featured Margaret Kelly as a classical figure behind the plow. Some 30 years later, Kelly had become a significant scholar and author with UCD’s Robbins of a multi-edition book on “Weeds Of California.” Courtesy photo
Picnic Day in 1909 drew a crowd of 3,000 to celebrate the new North Hall Dormitory. Shown here a decade later are the characteristic orderly rows of cars on the Quad as California’s flourishing car ownership is conspicuously displayed. Also notable is the grove of eucalyptus planted to mask odors from the farm school’s sewage pond (where today’s Wickson Hall stands adjacent to some relicts of that grove). Courtesy photo
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Picnic Day parades in the 1910s often had entries constructed by the agronomy faculty, students and staff. This arch shows agronomy as the keystone upholding agricultural progress — with supporting roles by bacteriology, chemistry and history among others. Courtesy photo