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: email@example.com. We need an accurate count, don't delay order today!!
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
The author will be selling the companion book which is a hard-bound and
beautifully printed coffee table book.