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SIMI VALLEY Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. - Three periods of the city's history - Chumash Indian, Spanish Rancho and American settlers - were resuscitated re·sus·ci·tate
v. re·sus·ci·tat·ed, re·sus·ci·tat·ing, re·sus·ci·tates
To restore consciousness, vigor, or life to. See Synonyms at revive.
To regain consciousness. Sunday alongside the state's sesquicentennial ses·qui·cen·ten·ni·al
Of or relating to a period of 150 years.
A 150th anniversary or its celebration.
Noun 1. quilt, celebrating 150 years of statehood state·hood
The status of being a state, especially of the United States, rather than being a territory or dependency. .
History Days 2000 at the Strathearn Historical Park and Museum welcomed hundreds of guests over the weekend, featuring women in pioneer-style clothing and the same now-rusted agricultural implements used to settle the land.
``There's a tremendous amount of information on this quilt,'' said Zena Thorpe Thorpe , James Francis Known as "Jim." 1888-1953.
American athlete. An outstanding collegiate football player, he later played professional football and baseball. , co-designer of the detailed blanket that will soon be housed in a Sacramento museum.
The quilt complemented the historical periods on display, as it revealed everything from the covered wagons traveling to California, to Spanish missions The Spanish established various missions throughout the New World as they colonized it, often slightly tweaked due to regional differences. The missions served as a base for both administering colonies as well as spreading Christianity. and a rendering of Chumash Indians.
``People have to feel the history. When you just read it, it's not the same as actually seeing the wood-burning stove,'' said Susanne Clion, a museum docent from Simi Valley.
Clion, dressed in period skirts and a bonnet, answered questions inside the 1888 Colony House, one of only two remaining prefab houses of the 12 sent to Simi Valley from Chicago in the late 1880s.
``This wood-burning stove was brought over with the covered wagons by a Simi Valley family,'' she said. ``And this iron, it's hard to imagine that an iron had to be heated on the stove to work.''
Across the way from the Colony House stands an original Chumash adobe, since added onto with Victorian-style rooms.
The original walls of the two-room adobe were still standing after a fire nearly 200 years ago, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. a docent. It was then built up by the Strathearn family and inhabited by two daughters until about the 1960s.
Moorpark residents Gary and Grace Brown said they never knew that the museum and grounds existed, but after their visit Sunday said the preservation of such a site is essential.
``It's extremely important to preserve this,'' Gary said. ``It's the only way we're going to maintain our history. People see something like this, and they feel they have something to remember.''
Horses were not the only means of transportation remembered at the event. About eight tractors rested beside the aging, rusted farming equipment of the pioneer days, some of the bright red machines still popping and cracking as if they were brand new.
John Deere and McCormick tractors McCormick Tractors International Ltd. manufactures a complete range of tractors for agricultural and general use. The company was formed in 2000 when Case IH divested assets in order to gain European Union regulatory approval to merge with New Holland Ag. from the 1930s through the 1950s were on display as a tribute to the history of the valley and the people who farmed it.
LeRoy Miller, owner and restorer of some of the more modern tractors, said his job is important to history.
``We rebuild, operate and maintain this farm equipment so future generations will know what it is.''
(1 -- color) The state's sesquicentennial quilt, celebrating 150 years of statehood, is on display during History Days 2000 in Simi Valley.
(2 -- color) Joshua Ponce, 2 1/2, tries his hand at rock art Sunday during History Days 2000 at the Strathearn Historical Park and Museum. The celebration welcomed hundreds of guests over the weekend, marking three periods in the city's history - Chumash Indian, Spanish Rancho and American settlers.
(3 -- color) Gilbert Unzueta, a Chumash Indian, demonstrates techniques used in weaving a traditional Chumash basket Sunday at the Strathearn Historical Park and Museum in Simi Valley. ``People have to feel the history. When you just read it, it's not the same as actually seeing the wood-burning stove,'' said Susanne Clion, a museum docent from Simi SIMI Sea Ice Mechanics Initiative
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