Prisbrey Bottle Village Collection


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Bottle Village is on The National Register of Historic Places and is located in nearby Simi Valley, CA. Tressa "Grandma" Prisbrey started the project in 1956 at the young age of 60, molding tens of thousands of bottles and other items retrieved from the local dump into hand-carved mortar structures on the 1/3 of an acre of land, that later became the beloved neighborhood sight-seeing spot of “Bottle Village”. The unique nature of the materials used, how those interesting objects were transformed and re-purposed, and the inspiring example of Grandma Prisbrey’s determination to create interesting art for the public, continues to stir, stimulate, and motivate the interest of historians, folk art scholars, and popular culture researchers. The library's digital materials represent Grandma Prisbrey's beloved Bottle Village in newspaper articles and photographs. Additional materials are located in the University Archives .

Recent Submissions

  • Jenkins, John (The Enterprise Sun and News, 1977-01-30)
    Residents, new and old alike of the Simi Valley-Moorpark area haven’t completed their get-acquainted tour of the area until they visit Grandma Prisbrey’s Bottle Village at 4945 Cochran St.
  • Rogers, Joh (The Enterprise Sun and News, 1977-03-27)
    That line, from a song by Holly Near and Jeff Langley, helps set the tone for a bright new film that takes a soft and gentle look at Mrs. Tressa “Grandma” Prisbrey, Simi Valley’s 80-year-old bottle lady.
  • Paul, Daniel (2014-03-26)
    Tressa "Grandma" Prisbrey (birthname- Thresie Luella Shafer) was born January 19, 1896 in Easton, Minnesota. Her formal education consisted of attending public school until 1908, when her family moved to a homestead outside ...
  • Canavier, Elena (2014-03-26)
    Mrs. Mondale asked me to thank you for your recent letter regarding the preservation of Grandma Prisbreyfs bottle village. She is happy to hear that a group has been formed to save the village and she wishes you much success ...
  • Unknown author (2014-03-26)
    Born February 1, 1886 to Mathies and Kate Shaffer.