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 .

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