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Descriptive Summary:

Title:
Grape Harvest Festival Collection

Collection Number:
SC2001/11/1-3

Donor:
Jacquelin J. Amsler

Extent:
Number of containers: 3 boxes; Linear feet: 2.7

Physical Location:
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona: University Library Special Collections, Bldg 15, room 4434, Wine Collection

Abstract:

The Rancho Cucamonga Grape Harvest Festival is California's Oldest Grape Harvest Festival. This collection contains memorabilia (special newspaper inserts, posters, buttons, pins, commemorative glassware, tickets and other items) relating to the Rancho Cucamonga Grape Harvest Festival from 1982-2001. Not arranged chronologically.

History:

"The Spirit of the Grape Harvest Festival dates back over 200 years to the planting of the first Mission grapes at the Mission San Gabriel Archangel. As Rancho Cucamonga grew throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries, each of the individual wineries and the various Catholic churches in the area held their own version of a grape harvest festival, celebrating the end of the harvest season and the comparing the fruits of their labor. But in 1939, citizens of the Alta Loma, Etiwanda and Cucamonga areas decided to officially recognize the 100th anniversary of the planting of the "Mother Vineyard" (on the Cucamonga Ranch under Tiburcio Tapia) with the first "Wine and Grape Festival", a celebration that soon became a local tradition.

Throughout the years, local wineries and service clubs continued to celebrate the tradition of the Grape Harvest Festival (a.k.a. Wine Festival) until 1981 when the Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce took over the production of the festival, creating one of the largest regional events of its kind. In 1987, the California State Legislature designated the Festival as officially being "California's Oldest Grape Harvest Festival."

The Grape Harvest Festival is one of the few festivals that still offer traditional Grape Stomps for both visitors and local celebrities, as well as pie eating contests, over 100 commercial, arts and crafts, game booths and food vendors; wine appreciation and beer garden, continuous live entertainment and a Fun Zone for all ages."

(From www.grapeharvestfestival.org)

Scope and Content:

The collection contains special newspaper inserts, posters, buttons, pins, commemorative glassware, tickets and other items relating to the Rancho Cucamonga Grape Harvest Festival from 1982-2001.

Grape Harvest Festival Memorabilia, SC2001/11/1-3

Newspaper inserts, posters, buttons, pins, glassware and other memorabilia relating to the Rancho Cucamonga Grape Harvest Festival from 1982-2001.

Container List:

Grape Harvest Festival Memorabilia, SC2001/11/1-3

1) Box 1

  1. 1986, 1987, and 1988 Special Grape Harvest Festival newspaper inserts from the Daily Report. Newspaper inserts feature information about games, contests, features, specials, performers, etc. at the festival.
  2. 1989 Special Grape Harvest Festival insert from the Daily Report — Progress Bulletin.
  3. 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, and 2001 special Grape Harvest Festival newspaper inserts from the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
  4. 1999 Cucamonga Valley Grapevine Press. Local news for the Cucamonga Valley, with a special on the Grape Harvest Festival.
  5. Two 1999 Grape Harvest Festival advertising posters. These posters are printed with the price of admission, bands playing at the festival, map, and sponsors.

2) Box 2 (Please note that all pins, except 1982 and 1983, have "Rancho Cucamonga Grape Harvest Festival" on them)

  1. 1982 Grape Harvest Festival commemorative pin. Very plain pin featuring just the year.
  2. 1983 Grape Harvest Festival commemorative pin. Same as above.
  3. 1985 "Rancho Cucamonga — 1985 — Grape Harvest Festival" pin with rays exploding out from two bunches of grapes in the center of oval pin.
  4. 1986 pin with center wine barrel and grape bunches on top.
  5. 1987 pin with grape bunches in center and year above the grapes.
  6. 1988 small pin with single bunch of grapes in the upper left.
  7. 1989 50th anniversary of the Grape Harvest Festival pin. Small bunch of grapes underneath "50th Anniversary" banner.
  8. 1990 pin showing a grape bunch, a valley, and the flags of both the United States and California.
  9. 1991 pin with silhouettes of children against the sun playing in a vineyard.
  10. 1992 pin with a glass of wine, a bunch of grapes, and a valley with mountains in the background.
  11. 1993 rectangular pin showing a horn o’ plenty full of grapes as well as a wagon and the sun coming over the mountains.
  12. 1993, same as above but with the word "Volunteer" on the right side of the pin.
  13. 1995 oval pin with a single bunch of grapes set against a sky blue background.
  14. 1996 very similar to the above pin. Same bunch of grapes used against same background.
  15. 1998 pin with a single bunch of grapes set against an oval white background.
  16. Four Grape Harvest Festival passes. Two backstage (from unknown years), one all access pass (1998) and one V.I.P. pass (1998) all in acid free envelope.
  17. Various tickets for the festival inside a mylar envelope. Including admission tickets for 1992 and 1998, as well as other miscellaneous tickets from the festival with years unknown.
  18. White license plate holder with purple text reading: "I’m a volunteer — Grape Harvest Festival"
  19. 1988 button with two bunches of grapes, the year, and "Grape Harvest Festival — Vendor". White background with purple text and purple grapes.
  20. 1989 50th anniversary "Vendor" button. White background with purple text and purple 50th anniversary logo.
  21. 1985 Grape Harvest Festival "Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park" button "Courtesy of Empire Bank" with two bunches of grapes and a wine barrel.
  22. 1994 yellow button "with booth number, "Vendor" and "Inland Valley Daily Bulletin" as well as a wine barrel with several bunches of grapes.
  23. Button year unknown, "Ask Me — Grape Harvest Festival" purple text with two bunches of purple grapes set against a white background.
  24. Button year unknown, black text "Let’s Make It Fun" against purple background.
  25. 1994 badge 1994 "Jack of All Trades — Jackie Amsler" with multicolored heart sticker attached.
  26. 1985 badge "Official — 5th annual Rancho Cucamonga Grape Harvest Festival" with "Jackie Amsler" as the name and the company being "Spanish Trails Girl Scout Council".

3) Box 3

  1. 1985-2000 (1997 and 2000 duplicates) Grape Harvest Festival commemorative wineglasses.
  2. 1999 and 2000 Grape Harvest Festival commemorative glass mugs.

Related Collections:
Wine Collection

Processed by:
Cameran Ashraf

Date Completed:
December 18, 2001

   
 

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