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Peña Adobe open house set Independence Day weekend

From page A3 | June 22, 2014 |

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Greg Schwei plays Willis Jepson during an open house at Pena Adobe Park in Vacaville. (Courtesy photo)

VACAVILLE — The Peña Adobe Historical Society and Rush Ranch Educational Council will host the monthly open house at the adobe and the Mowers-Goheen Museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 5 at the Peña Adobe Park in Vacaville.

Greg Schwei, portraying California’s most distinguished early botanist, Willis Linn Jepson, will lead nature walks on the property.

The historical society keeps the history of Jepson alive.

Jepson was born near Vacaville in 1867. His mother’s home at 125 Main St. in Vacaville dates back to 1914. Jepson became the first Ph.D. from Vacaville in 1899 when he received a doctoral degree in botany from the University of California. He served on the faculty at the Berkeley campus for more than 40 years.

While at the University of California, he was made assistant professor in 1899, associate professor in 1911, professor in 1918 and professor emeritus in 1937. He was the author of several books and president of the California Botanical Society from 1913-15 and again from 1918-29; and charter member of the Sierra Club in 1892.

Schwei will meet open house guests at the entrance to the Peña Adobe for nature walks beginning at 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.

There is no charge for admission into the historical park, which is located at Peña Adobe Road just off of Interstate 80. The event is free and no RSVP is necessary.

For questions in advance, call 447-0518. For same-day information, call 470-9975.

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