Historical Museum Exhibitis

Rotating exhibits in the Campbell Historical Museum focus on four themes: Work, Recreation, Home Life, and Community.  Our current displays are:
CANNERIES AND
DRYING YARDS

Discover the roots of Campbell's agrictultural past by learning how residents mastered the art of preserving the fruits of their labor.  The exhibit contains artifacts and photographs documenting how Campbell became known as the Orchard City and how canned and dried fruit put Campbell on the map.
MUSIC AND DRAMA
The Recreation exhibit explores the history of Campbell's Gaslighter Theatre, the Campbell Union High School drama and band programs, and the more recent Heritage Theatre.
FUNCTIONAL ART
Home Life recreates a Victorian parlor full of functional objects intended to delight and inspire.  A prosperous Campbell resident of the late nineteenth century sought out beautiful design in everyday items including tiles, chairs, fabrics, and furniture.
GENERAL STORE
Campbell's first general stores were a vital part of commerce in the this bustling nineteenth century town.  Artifacts and photographs in the exhibit tell the story of early general stores and their roles as places of business, but also as a Community gathering place.
Also on view: Rauch & Lang Electric Automobile
Rauch and Lang in RestorationThe electrically powered automobile, built in 1919 by Rauch and Lang Carriage Company of Cleveland, Ohio, was donated to the museum by Jeanette Watson in 2001.  Volunteers from History San Jose’s Trolley Barn spent over 2,000 hours retoring the vehicle to its original glory.  Only a handful of Rauch and Lang electric coaches exist today.  The Campbell Historical Museum is excited and honored to display such a rare vehicle.

The Rauch and Lang electric coach was originally designed  and marketed to upper class ladies, as it was considered to be safer and cleaner then the gas-powered vehicle, which required a crank start. Starting a gas-powered vehicle could be dangerous if the car recoiled, and there was the distressing possibility of soiling gloves and dresses with engine grease.  In addition, the interior created the illusion of a traveling living room, complete with richly upholstered seats that swiveled, silk shades, and a vase for freshly cut flowers.