Sunday, February 24, 2008

Katie Wheeler Branch Library opening, Irvine

Here are a few photos from yesterday's grand opening of the Katie Wheeler Branch Library in Irvine. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the building is a detailed accurate replica of James Irvine's ranch house, and sits in the exact same spot. In the back row of the third photo (L to R) are Supervisor John Moorlach (the tall, bearded fellow), Joan Irvine Smith (in red), and Supervisor Bill Campbell (with a replica of the original staircase behind him). Clearly there are also some County Library and Harbors, Beaches & Parks (HBP) folks involved in the ribbon-cutting too, but unfortunately I don't know their names. In the first (top) photo, you'll see noted Orange County historian Esther Cramer and her husband Stan, front and center. Special thanks to Glenn Frank for the photos.


Anonymous said...

Hi Chris. The OC Parks person in the bottom picture is Jonette Willert. She's in charge of South County Historical and has worked extremely hard on pulling Irvine Ranch together.

ItsNotAPlace said...

I'm glad you could use my photos in your blog Chris. It was interesting and fun to be there for the grand opening.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your infomation on the Katie Wheeler opening-how I found you. Also than you for your passion for OC History. I have also lived here 30 years but a tranplant from a small town in Western NY state where we had more deer than people and 9 months of snow and three months of bugs and humidity! I love OC where I can go to the snow!