ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER PRESENTATION AT THE DUARTE MUSEUM ON DECEMBER 2
The ill-fated St. Francis Dam located a mere fifty miles north of Los Angeles collapsed just before midnight on March 12, 1928, unleashing miles of liquid horror and drowning more than 450 people before reaching the ocean. Author-historian Paul Rippens will relive this disaster in a power point program at the general meeting of the Duarte Historical Society & Museum, 6:00 p.m. on December 2 at the Museum, 777 Encanto Parkway, Encanto Park, Duarte. Admission is free.
William Mulholland earned a stellar reputation bringing water to Southern California through the aqueduct he engineered. He was commonly referred to as “the chief.” Why did “kill Mulholland” signs sprout up? How did he die one of the most hated men in California’s history? Rippens’ presentation will bring to light the history and impact of this, the second deadliest disaster in the state of California.
Rippens was born and raised in Southern California and worked for the County of Los Angeles Fire Department for 37 years. He has authored three books on California History, including The Saint Francis Dam and Images of America: San Dimas. He is the archivist for the San Dimas Historical Society.
The meeting will include a few minutes of business before the program and will conclude with a holiday social and pot luck dessert table. For more information, call (626) 358-0329. Space is limited.
ANNUAL SPRING BIRDING EXPEDITION SET FOR MAY 1
Kimball Garrett, collections manager of the L.A. County Natural History Museum, will lead a bird walk on Sunday, May 1, commencing at 7:30 a.m. at the Museum in Encanto Park. Donuts and coffee will be served before the walk at 7 a.m. The expedition will cover the park and adjacent river areas. Binoculars are helpful. Admission is free. For more information call (626) 358-0329.
POETRY READING APRIL 30
DUARTE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 1301 BUENA VISTA ST.
ORIGINAL POEMS BY RICK WHELAN
PUBLIC INVITED TO RECITE ORIGINAL and/or FAVORITE POEMS
Call (626) 358-0329 for details
SAN GABRIEL NATIONAL MONUMENT TALK APRIL 15
Will the new San Gabriel Mountains National Monument affect quarrying operations? What are the boundaries and are they permanent? What can we do to take advantage of this new National Monument?
Joseph Llewellyn, Forest Service Partnership Development Coordinator, will answer your questions on April 15, 7 p.m. at the Duarte Historical Museum, 777 Encanto Parkway, Duarte. He will fill us in on the details and what changes it will mean to the public. Free. For more information call (626) 358-0329.
POETRY READING SCHEDULED AT
THE DUARTE MUSEUM FEBRUARY 13
Calling all poets! A poetry reading will be held at the Duarte Historical Museum, 777 Encanto Parkway, Duarte at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 13. The public is invited to attend and if desired recite their poems.
Rick Whelan, author of dozens of poems about the history of the San Gabriel Valley and the many communities therein, will perform. Whelan recently wrote a poem about the collapse of the famed "Hanging Tree of Duarte" which he will recite. He has felt a calling to create poetry for local communities as they celebrate milestone events.
For more information call (626) 358-0329. The reading will be casual and admission is free. For those wishing to share their own poetry, no notice is necessary.
RECUERDOS DE MONROVIA: HISTORY OF
MEXICAN AMERICANS SET FOR
FEBRUARY 12 AT THE DUARTE MUSEUM
"Until the 1950s, the Monrovia's Mexican American community was like one extended family tied to each other by kinship, church, school, work and community." Through studies, research and conducting oral histories, Susie Ling, Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies at Pasadena City College and a member of the Monrovia Latino Heritage Society, has published a booklet entitled Recuerdos de Monrovia: History of Mexican Americans. She will present a power point program on the subject on February 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Duarte Historical Museum, 777 Encanto Parkway, Duarte.
Memories of life in the Monrovia area make for poignant stories as descendants of pioneer families recall what it was like during segregation and what day to day activities were like, such as riding bikes to Azusa, swimming in the streams below the canyons and raiding strawberry fields.
A Mexican food potluck will precede the talk at 6 p.m. For details call (626) 358-0329. Admission is free.
CURIOSITIES OF THE CALIFORNIA DESERT TALK
SET FOR FEBRUARY 11 AT DUARTE SENIOR CENTER
Join Alan and Claudia Heller for a virtual trip to quirky, curious and historic sites in the California Desert. The couple's new book Curiosities of the California Desert: Historic, Offbeat & Forgotten Attractions is recently released and sets forth adventures awaiting those who seek them. The talk will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 11 at the Duarte Senior Center, 1610 Huntington Drive. Admission is free.
Salvation Mountain, Cerro Gordo, the Integratron and Giant Rock, Willie Boy's Grave and Devil's Hole are a few of the unique areas that offer adventure right here in our own State. Over the past 50 years, the Hellers have explored and photographed these areas. In 1972, Alan joined a team of rangers on a scuba expedition in Death Valley's Devil's Hole to photograph the endangered Devil's Hole Pupfish. His talk will take us into the crystal clear 92 degree waters to meet these playful fish.
Alan and Claudia have also authored Life on Route 66, and Duarte Chronicles.
For more information call the Senior Center at (626) 357-3513.
Duarte Historical Society & Museum
777 Encanto Parkway
Duarte, CA 91010
Phone: (626) 357-9419
Send Mail to: P.O. Box 263, Duarte, CA 91009