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  The Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum has been built on the grounds of the Fullerton Arboretum and has been designed along the lines of a packing house. California State University, Fullerton, and the Fullerton Arboretum are working together to open the museum to the public.

The museum highlights the history, development, and impact of agriculture, as well as the contributions of the Japanese American community and the local pioneer families, to the growth of Orange County. This introductory exhibit will be a peek into upcoming planned exhibitions and will be open throughout the summer.

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It is our belief that history does not happen in a vacuum and many people had and have roles in the development of agriculture in our county and the interconnections will be emphasized.

The Fullerton Arboretum is working closely with the Center for Oral and Public History (COPH) at CSUF and will include a recording booth in the Nikkei area for people who wish to share their families' stories.

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  For many years the Fullerton Arboretum has been actively seeking funds to build an 11,500 foot complex that would serve to support the many activities within the Fullerton Arboretum. Several years ago conceptual drawings were completed; the large simple roof forms and clean gabbled structures are reminiscent of the packing houses used by the Citrus Industry in the early 1900's. Design elements of the Visitor's Center also recognize existing structures and gardens currently located on the grounds. The Arboretum's efforts to promote responsible uses of our natural resources by being energy efficient have played a key role in this project.

Master planning for this complex includes new classroom space allowing for expansion of the Arboretum's educational programs and conferences, an Orange County Agricultural History and Nikkei Heritage Museum and an outdoor Pavilion that can host banquets and special events.

To help raise money, naming opportunities were provided by the Arboretum to donors who donated significant amounts of money. As a result, several spaces both indoors and out, have been named. Additionally donors who gave $1000 or more have their names placed on a donor recognition wall in the facility.

Three classrooms, a pavilion and a kitchen make up the conference center. The Pavilion can hold up to 350 people for special events while the classrooms can be changed into multiple configurations. The separated rooms are designed so that sound and activities in adjacent rooms do not interfere with each other.

The Museum will showcase Orange County from its agricultural beginnings and will compliment the existing Heritage House and Cultivated Collection. Families who helped settle Orange County and who participated in the county's agricultural industry before moving into other pursuits have participated by donating to this project. Families who have participated include the Orange County Nikkei (Japanese American) Community and the Knott, Kramer and Chapman families to name a few.

Established in 1979 the Fullerton Arboretum has served the community as a premier resource for ecological, horticultural and historical education. The Fullerton Arboretum is the largest botanical garden in Orange County. Encompassing 26 lush acres, the Fullerton Arboretum has assembled a permanent collection of over 4,000 unique and unusual plant species from around the world. With its ponds, streams and wildlife, the Fullerton Arboretum offers a tranquil retreat from a fast-paced urban life.

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