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House of Happy Walls Exhibit Redesign

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 July 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 $800,00.00 renovation designed to promote the London’s legacy and enhance the visitor experience at the park.

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 summer, experience the London’s  singular story and take from it an inspiration to pursue life with passionate curiosity! 

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Did you know: Jack and Chairman London visited eight of today's national parks, most of them together: Yosemite, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, America Samoa, Volcanoes Haleakala and Acadia.


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