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Celebrating everything Wrigley on Catalina 'WRIGLEY'S DEMOCRATIC SPIRIT' TO BE SHOWCASED DURING THE MUSEUM'S CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL MUSEUM DAY ON SEPT. 29 • Asthe Catalina Island Museum prepares to celebrate National Mu- seum Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, it is all too fitting that an exhibition entitled "A Democratic Dream" is featured in their special exhibi- tions gallery. The museum's current exhibi- tion, "A Democratic Dream: Wil- liam Wrigley Jr. and Catalina Is- land," chronicles the life of a man who went to great lengths to share his wealth and success with those less fortunate. As Wrigley developed Catalina Island into a world-class resort destination, he said his aim was "to put within reach for the rank and file of the United Statesnthe people to whom I owe my prosper- ity--a playground where they can -enjoy themselves to the utmost, at such a reasonable figure of ex- pense that all can participate in its benefits" The .spirit of this democratic ideal is closely related to that of museums ,whose purpose it is to make cultural education accessible to all. Wrigley firmly believed in the importance of museums. Through- out his life he contributed to and sat on the boards of over ten mu- seums. Chicago's famous Field Museum was one of his great pas- sions• Not only did he serve on their board of trustees, he was also one of their greatest benefactors• "National Museum Day pro- vides an opportunity for people from all. backgrounds to experi- ence what their local museum has to offer," said Devin Thompson, the museum's Director of Member- ship and Development• "Museums like the Catalina Island Museum provide access tO information and encourage creative thinking, contemplation and community engagement and we are excited to celebrate it with our community." You can show your support for Avalon's only institution dedicated to art, culture and history by vis- iting the Catalina Island Museum between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Satur- day, Sept. 29. In celebration of Na- tional Museum Day and the demo- cratic spirit of William Wrigley, Jr., the museum will be offering free'admission for the entire day. The museum,s exhibition "A Democratic Dream: William Wrigley Jr. and Catalina Island" commemorates the 80th anniver- sary of William Wrigley Jr.'s death and is open through Nov. 26. The Catalina Island Museum, its digital theater and store are lo- cated on the ground floor of Ava- lon's historic Casino and are open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at (310) 510-2414 or at its website: CatalinaMuseum.org. LEFT Mr. & Mrs. William Wrigley, Jr. on the balcony of theirCatalina home, Mt. Ada. RIGHT William Wrigley, Jr. (with the parrot) at the Bird Park. - Photos courtesy Catalina Island Museum Watson From page 1 share of the loot). This week's mystery revolves around Thomas Cavendish and his capture and plunder of the Span- ish galleon Santa Anna--or more specifically the mystery surround- ing what happened to much of the treasure he culled from that ship. The capture of the Santa Anna in November of 1587 represented the most valuable haul taken from a Spanish galleon in the history of the Pacific. It was on Cavendish's first voyage that he encountered the Santa Anna, after receiving in- telligence of her approach to Cabo San Lucas. Cavendish's fleet consisted of two vessels, the Desire and the Content. After a vicious five-hour battle, the Santa Anna capitu- lated. What was left of the crew surrendered and with them came all of the riches within ! the Santa Anna's hull: Chinese and Arabian silks, satins, wine and, of course, tens of thou- sands of gold coins. Surprisingly for the era, and despite their fierce defense, the crew and passengers of the Santa Anna were ac- tually treated well by their vanquishers. The remaining crew and passengers • ' f were put ashore in a place that a - forded water, wood, fish, fowl, and abundance of hare and rabbits•" Cavendish also left them weapons for hunting and for defense, along with enough timbers to build themselves a small vessel. Jim Watson Columnist _Controversy started early for Cavendish, however, when the members of the Content became anything but content over Cavendish's divi- sion of the spoils. The crew of the Content felt that Cavendish was be- ing overly generous to his own crew on the De- sire. It was this dissatis- faction that quite possi- bly led to what happened next: after the two ships began their trans-pacific cruise toward the Phil- ippines, the Content inexplicably • dropped behind the Desire and eventually disappeared over the horizon• At the time of their separation, the two Ships were both headed north on the great circle route to the Orient, a course that would have taken them right by Catalina Is- land. And according to legend (and that's about all we have to go on at this point) it is said that the crew of the Content, with her roughly half of the treasure, made landfall at Catalina where they buried a size- able amount of the loot. There is, of course, no official documentation for this since no trace of the ship or crew was ever found. But some have linked this tale to the story of Samuel Pren- tiss, the 19th century settler who spent much of his life searching for a legendary treasure buried on Catalina. (You can read all about that story in my book). It was a dying Tongva chieftain named Turie, according to the leg- end, who supposedly divulged to Prentiss the existence of a fabu- lous treasure that lay, beneath the scrub oaks and Toyon of Catali- na's West End; a treasure that was purportedly buried by the crew of the Content more than 200 years before• So the question is, if you walked like a pirate and talked like a pi- rate, where would YOU bury a treasure on Catalina Island? Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," available at Amazon, Kindle and in stores all around Avalon. Staying ) i ¸  Island and our i technology hasn't and to making it and business. 18Lt1111)611100 . .COIN CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY MARATHON SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2013  CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY THE CATALINA iSLANDER September 28 2012 i 11