The San Gabriel Historical Association holds five (5) general meetings every year. They are held the third Monday of the month (2019: January 28th - March 18th - May 20th - September 16th - November 18th) at 7:00 p.m. at the San Gabriel Senior Center, Grapevine Room, 324 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776. The meetings include a speaker or speakers on local history. The programs are free and open to the public.

The next general meeting is:

Monday, March 18, 2019
Time: Dinner at 6:00 p.m. Meeting at 7:15 p.m.
San Gabriel Senior Center, Grapevine Room
324 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas Dinner Fundraiser - Luna's Restaurant
Dinner cost is $15/plate. It comes with Cheese Enchilada with Red Sauce & Chicken Enchilada with Green Sauce, rice & beans, salad, dessert, & beverage.  Reservations for the dinner should be made by Friday, March 15th by calling Bill A’Hearn at 626-548-8243 or email at: wahearn@gmail.com.  We need an accurate count, don't delay order today!!  Thanks.

 

Program:   PASSAGE TO ELDORADO

THE EARLIEST KNOWN PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE AMERICAN DESERT WEST,
ALL MADE BY RUDOLPH D’HEUREUSE IN 1863

Speaker: Jeff Lapides is a Southern California jewelry photographer and book designer residing in Sierra Madre. His previous book designs include Michele Zack’s Southern California Story: Seeking the Better Life in Sierra Madre, Elizabeth Pomeroy’s San Marino: A Centennial History, and John Robinson’s magnum opus, Gateways to Southern California. It was his involvement with Robinson’s work that introduced him to a few of the photographs that are the cornerstones of today’s talk and its accompanying coffee table book, The Mojave Road in 1863: The Pioneering Photographs of Rudolph d’Heureuse.

GOLD! SILVER! And those in Southern California seeking their fortunes against the backdrop of the American Civil War, relations between white settlers, Hispanics, and Native Americans, military exploits, salacious news accounts, greed—and one naturalized German with a camera.

Rudolph d’Heureuse—surveyor, cartographer, civil engineer, mining engineer, oenologist, inventor—who on one momentous journey, photographed the Mojave Road in the Desert West from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the banks of the Colorado River and the mines of Eldorado Canyon in today’s Nevada. His subjects included San Bernardino, Cajon Pass, and Los Angeles’s seaport, New San Pedro (Wilmington). He did it in 1863, many years before anyone else took the next photo of this desert and its travelers, crossroads, forts, soldiers, and watering holes.

The author will be selling the companion book which is a hard-bound and beautifully printed coffee table book.

 

   

 

 

 

 

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