DUARTE HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH
“Duarte is one of a handful of Southern California towns with a community of African Americans by 1900,” says Susie Ling, Associate Professor of History at Pasadena City College. “The early 20th century saw ‘the Great Migration’ of African Americans coming west from Jim Crow South.”
Further she explains that “although the West was [considered] the freest part of free America – pure democracy, Southern California was not without its brand of racial discrimination. By the 1920s, growing social segregation developed in Duarte, Monrovia, and Pasadena.”
Celebrating Black History Month, the Duarte Historical Museum is presenting a display featuring a number of local African American men and women who have made significant contributions to Duarte and our neighboring Monrovia. They are but a few examples of the tenacity and passion that have made Duarte a great place to live,” says Claudia Heller, Museum president.
To name but a few featured in the exhibit: Bernice Watson, co-author of On the Duarte; musician Loyd Gibbons who, at age 102, still operates a local bike shop; Don Watson, first Black mayor in the San Gabriel Valley; Lois Gaston, former mayor and community activist; Ron Husband, former animator for Walt Disney; and Ken Bell, 36 year veteran of law enforcement and current long-time DUSD Board member.
The display will commence on February 9, with a grand opening scheduled for 2 p.m. that day at the Museum, 777 Encanto Parkway. It will run through March. The Museum is open Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. and the first and third Wednesday, 1-3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call (626) 358-0329.
DUARTE CHRONICLES JANUARY 25, 2019 - 6:30 P.M.
This contemporary history of Duarte will take us to lost local icons and some current colorful characters who still enhance our lives. We cry for the loss of The Trails but cheer for the Old Duarte Schoolhouse turned Spaghetti Factory. Learn the story behind Cinco Robles Street in South Duarte, and find out why there is a bridge over the Royal Oaks bike trail at Oak Avenue. Our speaker, Claudia Heller, the book's author, will take us back to The Blvd. Café and the Big Sky Drive In and other favorite sots of the past.
Refreshments after the program. Admission is free.
DUARTE MUSEUM ANNOUNCES FOURTH ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR & VINTAGE MARKET DECEMBER 8, 2018
Celebrate the holidays at the 4th Annual Winter Solstice Craft Fair and Vintage Market on December 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Andres Duarte Statue and the adjacent Grace Fellowship Church, 1551 Huntington Drive. The event is sponsored by the Duarte Historical Society & Museum. Admissioon is free.
Unique handcrafted items and vintage wares will be for sale and food and entertainment will add to the festivities,” says Nick Montalvo, DHS&M board member and event organizer. “And it will give an opportunity to our local artists to showcase their talents.”
Vendors interested in participating may check the museum website: www.RanchoDeDuarte.org or call Karen Levein at (626) 201-1449.
WINTER SOLSTICE CRAFT FAIR & VINTAGE MARKET
December 8, 2018 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Andres Duarte Statue Plaza
1551 Huntington Dr., Duarte
For vendor information click here.
AN EYE OPENING TOUR OF THE
SGV MOSQUITO & VECTOR CONTROL DISTRICT
DECEMBER 6, 2018
Right in your backyard dwells the most dangerous animal in the world, and no, it isn’t a bear. According to the SGVM&VCD, it is the mosquito. Over 735,000 people in the world die every year from mosquito transmitted disease.
On December 6, Duarte Museum sponsored tour of the San Gabriel Valley Vector Control District located in West Covina was an eye-opener and we all learned a lot, some of which was alarming. Sure, we knew there are lots of mosquitoes (3,500 species world-wide), but we knew little of the different species, and the dangers they possess.
Briefly the species are:
The Culex, which resides in urban Southern California, are the major vectors (transmitters) of West Nile, St. Louis encephalitis and Western equine encephalomyelitis viruses.
The Anopheles, the most common in our area, is found in rivers and canyon streams in algae mats and cattail stands. They transmit malaria which is no longer endemic in California but outbreaks can occur when infected travelers are fed upon by local mosquitoes.
The Aedes inhabit coastal marshes and breed in containers and tree holes. They are significant vectors of dengue and other viruses worldwide.
The Culiseta is a cool-weather mosquito and is common in fall and spring. They prefer large animals to humans.
We peered into bottles in the lab, and lapped up tons of information on mosquitoes and the diseases they spread. The statistics are shocking. When the tour came to the end, the question of course was “What can we do to help stop the danger?”
Because it is difficult to control the adult mosquito population, our help comes in when we habitually remove the habitats in our own yards that breed the immature mosquitoes. Those habitats revolve around standing water where mosquitoes lay their eggs. Here are some areas to watch out for:
Buckets and other container. Store them upside down.
Leaky hoses, faucets and pipes.
Fountains and birdbaths. Clean or hose out weekly.
Rain barrels. Cover tightly with a fine mesh screen.
Potted plant saucers. Drill holes in the bottom for drainage.
Ponds. Stock them with mosquito fish.
At this point we were beginning to learn that we could certainly follow a few guidelines and perhaps make a difference.
M&VCD will provide you with mosquito fish for your pond. Call them at (626) 814-9466 to request pick up or delivery.
So if you are itching to learn more about this threatening health hazard, log on to www.sgvmosquito.org for everything you want to know about mosquitoes, and/or arrange for a speaker to come to your group and give a presentation. Better yet, call them and arrange a visit to the facility at 1145 No. Azusa Canyon Rd., West Covina, CA 91790.
FALL BIRDWALK DECEMBER 1, 2018
Kimball Garrett, ornithologist with the L.A. County Museum of Natural History, will lead a birding expedition on Saturday, December 1, leaving the Duarte Historical Museum in Encanto Park at 7:30 a.m.
The walk is moderate and will focus on birds in Encanto Park, along the bioswale trail, across the Puente Largo Bridge and for a ways up the bike trail on the river’s east side. This trip is on, rain or shine.
The expedition is free. Binoculars are helpful, though Kimball will bring a scope. These trips normally produce a list of between 30-70 species. We will be looking for fall migrants.
If you have questions, call (626) 358-0329.
THE DUARTE HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM TO PRESENT
WYATT EARP: LAW MAN OR OUTLAW?
The Annual General Meeting of the Duarte Historical Society & Museum will feature author C. R. King’s presentation of “Wyatt Earp: Law Man or Outlaw?” on Friday, November 2, 6:30 p.m. at the Duarte Museum, 777 Encanto Parkway, Duarte. Admission is Free. Wear your cowboy hat!
King has worked in the broadcast industry most of his adult life. Today he has earned the reputation of an expert on gunslingers of the Wild West and has penned several books on the subject. His story of Arthur King and Wyatt Earp (“The Last Deputy”) is based on fact. He has also authored Battlefield Treasures, Men of War, The Solar Odyssey, Lies & Betrayal, and A Fraternity of Gunslingers: True Stories of Wild West Gunmen.
After outlining the exciting life of Earp, King expects the audience will come to their own conclusions. Was Earp a man of his time, or purely legend? Did he enforce the law or break the law? Regardless of how one interprets the information, he expects the presented snippets of Earp’s actions “will enlighten and give a better understanding to a very real Wyatt Berry Strapp Earp.”
A short business meeting will be held. For further information, call (626) 358-0329. Admission is free. Refreshments follow the program.
PROFESSOR-HISTORIAN ABE HOFFMAN
SATURDAY, APRIL 7, AT 4 P.M.
Discussion and book signing at the Duarte Historical Museum, 777 Encanto Parkway, Duarte.
Admission is free. Space is limited. For more information call (626) 358-0329.
DUARTE MUSEUM TO HONOR LARRY WALLS
AT BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION JANUARY 13
Larry Walls literally fought his way to success. His childhood in Duarte's Rock Town was rife with bloody noses, black eyes and worse. While he was often a victim, he was much of the time a perpetrator. He kept this in mind when he wrote the following in his autobiography:
"Here I am on a hot day in the Compton Superior Court waiting on the jury verdict in a double murder and triple attempted murder trial." Walls could have been a defendant in the above trial. But, no, he was the Deputy District Attorney. How could this happen?
Celebrating Black History Month, the Duarte Historical Museum will honor Walls on January 13, 4-7 p.m. at 777 Encanto Parkway, Duarte. Walls will talk about life in Duarte during the volatile 1950s through the 1980s and how Duarte moved forward to the town it is today. He will sign and sell his book entitled Hurdles; Struggles of a Black Man in the Land of Milk and Honey.
Admission is free. For more information call (626) 358-0329.
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
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.
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.