WATERHOUSE SEAWEED

HISTORY ROOM

PRESSED SEAWEED FROM THE 1880s
January 26 – August 11, 2019
Curated by Elia Haworth //

Seaweed pressing was a popular pastime in the Victorian Era, cultivated by Queen Victoria herself. Rebecca Esten took great pleasure in collecting delicate seaweeds, artistically arranging, and pressing them. She had no idea that her hobby in the 1890s would be preserved and shared in the 21st century. Created more than one hundred years ago in Bolinas, these pressings are presented for their remarkable beauty and their representation of the wonders of nature. Esten made these while living with her daughter Nellie Waterhouse who was instrumental in creating Brighton Avenue with sites for homes, including her own, named Esten Terrace, on the hill above today’s Bolinas Post Office.

Image: REBECCA ESTEN, Pressed Seaweed, 1880s, Gift of Esten, Waterhouse-Pepper Family, Bolinas Museum Archives.