TEMPLETON — With Main Street torn up for repairs this year, the Templeton Historical Museum Society celebrated the 132nd year since the community’s founding on their own Saturday, Nov. 17, with a smaller than usual event inside their Railroad Warehouse, behind the Horstman House and in the street out front.
Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Directors, Darrell Radford, said the organization returned to the Founder’s Day event roots by themselves this year as the Templeton Chamber of Commerce chose not to organize a larger street fair amidst the construction.
Radford added the Museum held their first event of the kind in 2006 before it was expanded several years ago.
A classic car show of vehicles from the 1920s through 1940s did draw some gawkers focusing on the nearly completed restoration of a 1933 School Bus on display for the day. The bus made its last public appearance in July as an addition to the town’s July 4th celebration. The perpetually good status update has been that the bus is, “99 percent done with about 10-15 percent to go.”
Free pie and cake inside, along with blacksmith demonstrations from the turn of the last century drew visitors for an informational talk and membership pitch from the Board’s vice-chair, Greg O’Sullivan.
O’Sullivan said the day proved more of a success than past years in terms of individual foot traffic as there wasn’t much else going on in town for a Saturday afternoon and the Museum was a focal point of attention rather than getting lost in a larger event.
Those interested in making a tax-deductible contribution to the completion of the School Bus can contact Radford at 805-238-2509 and the Templeton Museum can be reached directly at 805-434-0807 or online via templetonmuseum.com. They’re located at 309 S. Main St., with free admission Friday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.