Duarte Historical Society & Museum
Duarte Historical Society & Museum

Events in Duarte

November 2017

EARLY LOS ANGELES HISTORY TALK

AT DUARTE HISTORICAL MUSEUM ON NOVEMBER 30

      

Dr. Bruce Phillips, a native Californian and retired educator, will present the exciting history of the founding of Los Angeles on November 30, 7 p.m. at the Duarte Historical Museum, 777 Encanto Parkway, Duarte.  He and his wife Katy are members of Las Angelitas del Pueblo and serve as tour guides at the Pueblo where Los Angeles was founded in 1781.

 

Admission is free.  Seating is limited.  For information call (626) 358-0329.

        King Carlos III of Spain

August 2017

ARE BEARS WILD OR LOVABLE ANIMALS?

FIND OUT AT A PRESENTATION

AT THE DUARTE MUSEUM ON AUGUST 4

 

       Recognizing that bears are wild animals and danger could exist, Ranger Bosell also sees the lovable side of these animals and suggests ways to live with them in harmony.  She has stories to tell!  Some are humorous, some scary and some just plain fun. 

 

Along the foothills we are in bear country and many residents have had close encounters.  What can we do to assure a safe coexistence with bears, treat them with respect, and enjoy sightings from afar?  Join Ranger Bosell for a fun and informative program for the whole family, Friday, August 4, 6:30 p.m. at the Duarte Historical Museum, 777 Encanto Parkway, Duarte. Admission is free. For more information call (626) 358-0329.

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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.

May 2016

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.

April 2016

POETRY READING APRIL 30

      

POETRY READING

1 P.M.

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

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CURIOSITIES OF THE CALIFORNIA DESERT SLIDE SHOW APRIL 16

 

         At the Duarte Public Library, 1301 Buena Vista Street. FREE.

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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.

 

February 2016

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.

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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.

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The loneliest telephone booth in the world became an obsession for people all over the world. It was one of those curious desert anomalies.

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.

Contact Us Today!

Duarte Historical Society & Museum

777 Encanto Parkway

Duarte, CA 91010

Phone: (626) 357-9419

Email: info@RanchoDeDuarte.org

Send Mail to: P.O. Box 263, Duarte, CA 91009

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