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Preserving metalcasting history.

I enjoyed the Editorial, "Wine, Cable Cars & Castings" (MODERN CASTING, July 2005), and it has urged me to make note of the California Foundry History Museum in Sacramento. This museum, which opened in 2000, tells the story of our industry from the Gold Rush days in the 1850s to the present day. Our museum contains rare photographs, vintage patterns and graphic displays that trace the exciting history of foundries in California.

As far as I know, this is the only museum of its kind in the country. We believe that the history of our industry serves a vital purpose in reminding everyone that the technology that built California (and America) is very much alive and has grown and modernized to serve our state (and nation) into the 21st century and beyond. The California Foundry History Institute (CFHI), which built and operates this museum, has a satellite museum in Lodi, Calif., and currently is planning a new and even larger museum for Southern California for 2006. More information can be seen on the CFHI web site at

We at CFHI join AFS to celebrate with pride the heritage of a vibrant and competitive industry that is poised to build the California of the future.

Frederick J. Simonelli

Executive Director

California Foundry History Institute
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Author:Simonelli, Frederick J.
Publication:Modern Casting
Date:Sep 1, 2005
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