Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Googie presentation, State Archives, Dohenys, etc.

Shameless Self-Promotion: I'll be speaking about Googie architecture at tomorrow's meeting of the Old Courthouse Museum Society. The meeting will be held on the third floor of the Old O.C. Courthouse in Downtown Santa Ana at lunchtime. I think the ship has sailed on ordering a box lunch for the event, but feel free to "brownbag it" and show up anyway. (Thanks to "Helidave" for the photo from my Googie talk at the Anaheim Historical Society.)

The Dana Point Historical Society's October newsletter includes an article about Estelle Betzold Doheny. It should be posted to their website soon. Between the DPHS's Doheny Mansion tour (also covered in the newsletter) and the possible partial-destruction of a house built by the family, the Dohenys are getting a lot of press lately.

The California State Archives has a new online descriptive catalog called "Minerva." I haven't checked it out in any detail, but will try to do so soon. And yes, Minerva is named for the Roman goddess on our State seal.

Halloween News: On Oct. 21, the Centennial Heritage Museum in Santa Ana will host The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off. In addition to enormous orange squash, there will also be arts and crafts, cowboys and Indians, face-painting, food, and tours of the historic Kellogg House. (I have a great story about scaring the bejezuz out of someone at a Halloween party at the Kellogg House, but that's a tale for another time.)

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