This special exhibition commemorates William Wrigley Jr. and the execution of his vision for Catalina Island - especially during his first year of ownership: 1919. From selling lots to residents, building new homes, shops, hotels, infrastructure and utilities, to improving industry such as mining, production of furniture and building supplies to transportation, the addition of a professional sports team and more, Wrigley’s achievements exemplify his devotion to Catalina Island, its residents and visitors.
The exhibit will reveal his remarkable and ambitious plan using photographs, letters, original documents, plans, blueprints, maps, steamship artifacts, advertisements, tools and objects relating to the various projects and industries. The exhibition also offers patrons a rare angle from the inside of the operation, infused with Wrigley’s energy, integrity, and unique jovial spirit.
In addition to Wrigley’s own quoted declarations and explanations of his goals and aims for Catalina Island, the museum will exhibit several of his personal belongings and excerpts of recently digitized historic audio recordings that captured Wrigley’s family and several of his closest associates as they recalled stories surrounding his work on Catalina Island.