Photography Exhibition: "M.B. Boissevain, Marin's First Farm Advisor - Historical Photographs of Marin's Agrarian Roots: 1920–1950"
The historical photographs of M.B. Boissevain will be on exhibit in West Marin starting October 1 through December 18. These magnificent images provide a unique opportunity to embrace Marin's agrarian roots and present bounty, as well as take an intimate look at what life was like for Marin ranchers and farmers during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The photos will be exhibited in shared display at the Point Reyes National Seashore Red Barn Classroom in Bear Valley and the Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History in Inverness. The public is invited to attend receptions at both locations on November 17 from 1 pm to 4 pm. Other than on the reception date, the Red Barn gallery is open by appointment only. Please call 415-464-5125 on weekdays and 415-663-1200 x 309 on weekends to schedule a viewing. The Jack Mason Museum is open Mondays 3 am–6 pm and 7 pm–9 pm, Tuesdays 10 am–1 pm and 2 pm–6 pm, Wednesday 10 am–1 pm and 2 pm–6 pm, Fridays 3 pm–6 pm, and Saturdays 10 am–1 pm. These are the same hours as for the Inverness Library. Both the Jack Mason Museum and the Inverness Library are located in The Gables, an historic house on Inverness Way.
M.B. Boissevain began as the first University of California Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor in 1920. During this period, UC Berkeley, California's first land-grant university, was sending agricultural agents out to agricultural communities up and down the state to spread practical information and new methods about farming. M.B. Boissevain was the first farm advisor in Marin County and served as agronomist and community leader for 30 years, from 1920 to 1950.
Boissevain was also a talented and prolific photographer, and his 4 x 5-inch negatives capture a rarely seen view of the people and the land during the early part of the 20th century. The 74-image collection chronicles the predecessors of Marin's current farm families standing in their fields and with their livestock, implementing farm production and health innovations during this "progressive era" of agriculture, participating in youth education and development, and managing many of the same farms and landscapes that are part of Marin's working landscapes today.
A companion book of the images is available for purchase through the Point Reyes National Seashore Association at the Bear Valley Visitor Center's bookstore and at the Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History, as well as online and at Book Passage, Point Reyes Books, Toby's, and the Tomales Regional History Center.
On behalf of the project partners, including Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History, Tomales Regional History Center, and Novato History Museum, we look forward to seeing you on October 6 and also hope you find time to see the exhibit this Fall.
M.B. Boissevain's photographs will be on display (by appointment only) in the Red Barn Classroom from Tuesday, October 1, 2013, through Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Don't miss the reception on Sunday, November 17, 2013.
Please contact Carola DeRooy at 415-464-5125 or by email or Annalisa Price at 415-663-1200 x309 or by email to schedule an appointment or for more information.
To get to the Red Barn Classroom, follow the directions to Point Reyes National Seashore. As you proceed up the driveway toward the Bear Valley Visitor Center, turn left at the sign for the Red Barn Classroom.