History Talks & Tours at YSAC

Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture is pleased to introduce a new series of history events and programs in collaboration with the Yuba County Historic Resources Commission. 

The Art of Fruit Crate & Canning Labels

First up is local history researcher and founding member of the Commission, Sue Cejner-Moyers, who will present a two-part talk about the history of Labor Day and “The Best of the Valley,” a presentation on historic fruit crate and canning labels.  What’s the Labor Day holiday all about anyway? And who does not love the colorful fruit crate and canning labels that used to adorn packaging of fruits and vegetable?

The gold rush brought people to our region from all over the world to seek their fortune.  After the river gold was gone, many stayed for the valley’s rich soil. Agriculture became the real gold of Yuba County.  In the early 1880’s farmers found they needed to be more creative in advertising their agricultural products, and a brand-new art form was born; Agrilithography or simply fruit crate and canning labels. These artful labels became one of the most distinctive forms of vintage advertising still in use today.

Aptly, the program will be held over Labor Day Weekend, on Saturday September 4th at 10am in the Burrows Theater at Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture, 630 E Street in historic Marysville.  A $10.00 donation will be gladly accepted from those able to contribute.  Light refreshments will be served. Masks are required and seating will be socially distanced. Call Sue at 742-6508 for more information

Plan to attend and learn more about the history of the decorative fruit crate and canning labels that adorned local produce packaging. A PowerPoint presentation will be featured as well as an actual display of local labels that will give everyone something to smile about.  Do not miss it!For more information about this event and other 2021 programs during our 40th anniversary year, contact Yuba Sutter Arts at 530-742-ARTS or email david@yubasutterarts.org.