Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Dorthea Lange, El Toro, Fullerton Arboretum, etc.

Did you know that famed photographer Dorthea Lange did some work in Orange County during the Depression? Today's photo was taken by Lange in February 1936. It shows a dairy "near Santa Ana" (probably closer to Midway City). The business had gone belly-up and was taken taken over by the Resettlement Administration which turned it into a "self-help cooperative dairy." (Image courtesy U.S. Library of Congress.)

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Rd., Lake Forest, 11am to 4pm. Events include Indian dancing and music, mariachis, living history presentations, educational exhibits, and an arts and crafts fair. For the kids there will also be hand cranked ice cream, candle dipping, early American crafts, butter churning and pony rides ($1). Adult admission is $4. Child’s admission is $3. The park’s historic buildings will be open courtesy Amigos de la Colina. Feel free to dress in Rancho period clothing if you choose.

An old El Camino Real bell will be rededicated at it’s new home in the Fullerton Arboretum on Saturday, May 12. This event will also include the opportunity to tour the Heritage House Museum (a.k.a. the Dr. George C. Clark House), the new O.C. Agricultural & Nikkei Museum, and to see the newly restored Chapman Wisteria Arbor. Cake and other refreshments will be served in honor of Dr. Clark’s birthday. The event runs from 1pm to 4pm. Admission and parking are free.

See footage of Tomorrowland on opening day in 1955. Narration by Bob Cummings.

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