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November 28, 2017 > Shinn House open for the holidays

Shinn House open for the holidays

Submitted By Al Minard

Holiday revelers and history buffs are invited to enjoy docent-led tours of the James and Lucy Shinn house decorated for an 1890s Christmas. Built in 1876 in Victorian Style, the Shinn family lived in the house for at least four generations until it was donated to the City of Fremont in 1971. Built of heart Redwood, lath and plaster walls with Douglas fir structural elements, it was modified in 1905 to add running water and electricity, and updated again around 1920. The house was restored again during the 1970s when the dwelling and its surrounding 4.5-acre lot was acquired by the city.

The home of James and Lucy Shinn and their family from 1876 until 1959, the Shinn family once owned more than 250 acres of farmed land and a plant nursery, fruit orchards, and gravel mining. James and Joseph Shinn were consultants to horticultural books and magazines; Charles Howard Shinn was the first forest ranger in the Sierra National Forest. Milicent Shinn was editor of the prestigious ÒOverland MonthlyÓ literary magazine for more than 10 years and, in 1898, became the first woman to earn a Ph.D. from the University of California.

Shinn House is decorated by a team of volunteers on Monday following Thanksgiving in a style of the 1890s. The house holds a lot of history and is a fascinating place to visit, especially at Christmas time. We have expanded our tours this year from one weekend to two weekends. Docent-led tours are set for Saturday and Sunday, December 2-3 and December 9-10. An evening tour is set for 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, December 8. A donation of $5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 7 to 12 will be requested. Children 6 and younger admitted free.

Shinn House Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 and Sunday, Dec. 3, 10
Noon - 4 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 8
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
1251 Peralta Blvd., Fremont
$5 adults; $2.50 for children ages 7 to 12
Children 6 and younger admitted free

Shinn House is located at 1251 Peralta Boulevard, close to Mowry Avenue. Turn north from Peralta Boulevard onto Robert Fisher Drive; the house is in the park-like setting on the right with parking available on both sides of the street.

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