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A collection of artifacts traces San Luis Obispo history.

In a 1905 Carnegie library with heavy pediments and a rusticated stone porch, the San Luis Obispo County Historical Museum keeps an eclectic collection of the region's memorabilia. The staff recently assembled some of them to form a three-dimensional time line.

It's a modest exhibit, but it effectively pulls together both prosaic and unusual elements from the collection, and makes a fine introduction to the region's history especially if combined with a visit to Mission San Luis Obispo, across the street.

From the Chumash and Salinian Indian period are ceremonial bowls, shell beads, and charm stones. From the Mexican period come a horsehair rope and a shawl from a ranchero family. New to the exhibit is a 1915 horse-and-buggy mail wagon. Documents from Camp San Luis and Camp Roberts, two World War II army bases, recall a time still alive in many memories.

Open 10 to 4 Wednesdays through Sundays, the museum is at 696 Monterey Street, From U.S. 101 in San Luis Obispo, drive northeast 1/2 mile on Marsh Street to Nipomo Street; go left to Monterey.
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Title Annotation:San Luis Obispo County Historical Museum
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Date:Aug 1, 1988
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