Oroville-Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum will resume its Saturday information program, which will be held on the third Saturday of every month at 10 am.
A press release from the city of Oroville stated that the talks ranged from local enthusiasts to specific informational talks on characteristics. The goal of the plan is to bring more people and children from outside Oroville to the Oroville Museum.
Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum is located at 1650 Broderick Street in Oroville, and the entrance fee is $3.
The first speaker for the information project that began on Saturday will be Oroville Barber and writer Steve Christensen, who will discuss his book “Municipal Burglary and Barber Steve.”
Christensen arrived in Oroville in 1947 at the age of four. There were no traffic signals and the Oroville Dam was not built. One year after graduating from high school, Christensen became the youngest licensed barber in Oroville and 60 years later the oldest barber in Oroville. At the beginning of the pandemic, Christensen spent eight weeks writing his book and edited it for the next six months until it was published on June 14, 2021.
Christensen, a self-proclaimed history buff, has always opposed the collection of city taxes because he believes the local government will waste expenditure. He said his book touched on this and the informative and interesting stories he learned during his 60 years as a hairdresser in Oroville.
Christensen’s book was recently reviewed by the Butte County Historical Society and accepted by its library. For him, it is extremely important to make it a part of Oroville’s history forever. He said he was very thoughtful around Oroville, which is why he was invited to speak at Bolt and talk about his book.
Christensen said that working in a barbershop gave him a unique opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with various people around Oroville, from prosecuting attorneys to newly recovered people being sued by attorneys. He said he believed his book was a great education about human nature.
“When you go to the barber school, you will meet some smart old coaches telling you,’If you want to build a business, you have to listen to and agree with the opinions of the customers sitting in the chair at the time,'” Christensen said . “You did get a lot of different opinions. You kind of understand the middle ground. You understand the two sides of the argument, not those who are so biased against their own political spectrum. They exclude the other side’s true ideas.”
Christensen said that after serving customers for 60 years, he has learned that there are two aspects and can understand the reasoning of both aspects of most problems. He said he asked World War II veterans to tell him stories and experiences they had never shared with their children.
“Many times people are introverted, and eventually they will open up in the chair,” he said. “This is a really good one-on-one close dialogue with people from all walks of life in society. I mix it with the battle and history of the city hall.”
Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum opened in 2006 and has more than 12,000 tools used in the United States, as well as tools believed to be made by the Egyptians and Romans in 400 BC. The tools in the museum include barbed wire and old gas pumps. , Blacksmith tools and tools representing 51 different railways.
The museum is owned by the Bolt family of Oroville and is open from Friday to Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information about the museum, please visit www.boltsantiquetools.com or call the museum at 538-2528.