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House of Happy Walls Exhibit Redesign

House of Happy Walls Museum is Now Open 10-5 daily 

After a year of design and planning, you can see the twenty two new multi-sensory and interactive exhibits at the House of Happy Walls museum celebrating the adventurous and inspiring story of Jack London and his wife, Charmian. The exhibition, designed by the Sibbett Group, explore Jack as a true pioneer of his time: a writer, conservationist , organic farmer and humanitarian, and organizer of equality and opportunity. The expansive second floor of the museum shares the story of Jack’s wife, Charmian, and the profound impact she had on his life. Exhibits highlight the London’s legacy, spanning more than his literary career to include: poverty and physical toil, political activism, adventure of the highest order, animal rights, photojournalism, agricultural innovation and the moving story of love and partnership with his wife Charmian.

 

This year Jack London State Historic Park celebrates the 55th anniversary of its National Historic Landmark status. To commemorate the occasion, Jack London Park Partners, with assistance of the Department of Park and Recreation, will reopen the park’s museum, the House of Happy Walls, in the fall of 2018 with state of the art exhibits that inspire visitors to live their life to the fullest by example of the London’s amazing life of innovation and achievement. The exhibits are a result of an $800,000.00 renovation designed to promote the London’s legacy and enhance the visitor experience at the park. Funding for the project raised by Jack London Park Partners.

The House of Happy Walls was built by Charmian London between 1919-1926 after Jack London’s death. The building was designed by Harry P. Merritt with substantial input from Charmian London. It was her intention that her personal residence become a future museum to serve as a repository of memorabilia that represented the London’s lifestyle and life contributions.

The exhibits are designed by the Sibbett Group and will be fabricated and installed by Gizmo Art Production.

Jack and Charmian London were trail blazers. Despite his humble beginnings, he became the most popular and highly paid author of his day, an intrepid adventurer, an early environmentalist, animal activist , organizer for equality and opportunity and visionary champion of sustainable agriculture. Charmian represented the feminist model of the late 19th century “new woman”, an educated, self-sufficient, liberated person who valued her own opinions as much as anyone else’s.

Alfred Kazin quoted “The greatest story Jack London ever wrote was the story he lived.” Jack London embodied the American dream and his name will forever be synonymous with his Beloved Valley of the Moon.  Come visit this fall, experience the London’s  singular story and take from it an inspiration to pursue life with passionate curiosity! 

 

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