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Two CCHE projects now open to public: Discovery Science Center, Delta III Rocket and Stanton McDonald Wright historic mural at Santa Monica Public Library

The California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE), the cultural grant program hosted by the California State Library, helped fund two projects during its 2004 round one cycle that are now open and available for Californians to experience: the Delta lll rocket in Santa Ana’s Discovery Science Center, and the mural at the Santa Monica Public Library. Both of these astounding exhibits illustrate the diverse capital projects the CCHE supports.

Delta III rocket

The CCHE board awarded $262,000 toward the restoration of the Delta III rocket that has been permanently installed at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana. The 85-foot Delta III, within sight of Orange County’s busy I-5 corridor, is a visual reminder of what Southern California companies and individuals have contributed toward the conquest of space.

Delta III Rocket
[Photo courtesy Discovery Science Center]


During its active service for NASA, the Delta III launched more than 300 spacecraft and satellites, including the Mars Rovers, Deep Impact and many of the satellites now in orbit. The more than 300,000 people who visit the Science Center each year will gain hands-on knowledge about the rocket’s history and effect on California culture through educational and interpretive activities connected to the exhibit.

For more information about the Delta III exhibit at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana please visit the Discovery Science Center website or call 714-542-CUBE.

Santa Monica Public Library mural

The CCHE board awarded $113,241 to the Santa Monica Public Library to restore and reinstall one of the largest and most vibrant murals completed during the New Deal period, Stanton McDonald Wright’s "Technical and Imaginative Pursuits of Early Man.”

Stanton McDonald Wright's "Technical and Imaginative Pursuits of Early Man" at Santa Monica Public Library.
[Photo courtesy Diane Matsuda]

Panel detail from restored New Deal mural at 
Santa Monica Public Library.
[Photo courtesy Diane Matsuda]


The mural panels, originally designed for the former public library, now on display on the new Santa Monica Public Library’s second floor, are an extraordinary example of Modernist public art. Since the old Santa Monica Library was demolished in the 1960’s, the mural’s 2,000 square feet and more than 160 figures have been stored at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and in Los Angeles. Now, thanks to the 2004 CCHE grant, and the City of Santa Monica, people who visit the new Santa Monica Public Library can enjoy this lush Deco depiction of primitive man through 1930’s Hollywood while they enjoy their library.

For more information on the Santa Monica Public Library murals please call (310) 458-8600; or visit the library’s web site

About the California Cultural and Historical Endowment

In 2002, the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) was created to support the “acquisition, development, preservation, and interpretation of buildings, structures, sites, places, and artifacts that preserve and demonstrate culturally significant aspects of California's history and for grants for these purposes.” The CCHE Endowment is responsible for distributing $122 million in Proposition 40 funds. Seventy-eight million has been allocated and the remaining $43 million will be allocated in 2007.

For more information about the California Cultural and Historical Endowment, please contact Executive Officer Diane Matsuda at (916) 651-8768 or email at






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