San Juan Ridge Tapestry Project

North Columbia Schoolhouse

This tapestry showcases the historic schoolhouse, now a center of community life.  The origins of the Cultural Center and the Sierra Storytelling festival are depicted.  Also shown are dances, performances, art shows and children’s Art Camp.  In the lower right hand corner, Gary Snyder reads his complete work, “Mountains and Rivers Without End.”

The Schoolhouse
The Schoolhouse

Left: Explains that the Cultural Center building belongs to the Coughlan family. Mary Campbell, the matriarch of the family during the 1980’s, after the schoolhouse ceased being used as a school, wanted the old building to be used as a community center. She leased the old schoolhouse to the Shady Creek Construction Company, who incorporated it as the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, a non-profit organization.

Middle Left: Mary Campbell

Middle Right: The four people involved in the Shady Creek Construction Company; Bruce Boyd, Jeff Gold, Holly Tornheim, Stefanie Freydont. Merle Pendell, the fifth in the image, was the secretary involved in the incorporation process. Shady Creek Construction funded the renovation of the schoolhouse.

Right:Within a year of the incorporation, the amphitheater was built by volunteer labor. Here, Holly Tornheim wheels cement for the bench posts, and Kurt Lorenz drills post holes. To this day, the amphitheater is used for many events, including the renowned Sierra Storytelling Festival.


Events depicted above:

Top Banner: Art Camp

Second Banner: Musical Events

Third Banner: Gamalon Performance

Fourth Banner: Autumn Shindig



Main section
Storytelling with storyteller and audience

Lower sections

Left: Fungus Foray

Middle Left: Wedding