Monthly Archives: November 2017

A Visit to Bidwell Mansion

My OLLI group has been visiting Historic Homes in Northern California, and today we visited Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park. OUr tour guide was Noel Lopez. Most of the group had visited it before, but some not for twenty or … Continue reading

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It’s Here!

My new book, that is. Yesterday I received my shipment of 14 boxes of Nancy Kelsey Comes over the Mountain: The True Story of the First American Woman in California. Don’t you just love Steve Ferchaud’s artwork? This is the … Continue reading

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A Visit to Glenwood Farmhouse at Patrick Ranch

What was once a working ranch in Butte County, is now a museum dedicated to teaching history, science, and agriculture. Patrick Ranch Museum is located on 28 acres between Chico and Durham. Today my OLLI group toured the 1877 Glenwood … Continue reading

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The Gold Queen and the Gold King

Jim Silverman, whose fascination with California history led him to create a blog called This Week in California History, posted these two pictures on Facebook. I can’t resist sharing them. These two illustrations are from a children’s book published in … Continue reading

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California and the Civil War

We Californians tend to think that the American Civil War all happened back east, where the South rebelled and the North fought to maintain the Union. But California, a state since 1850, played a significant role in the War between … Continue reading

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A Visit to the C. F. Lott Home

Today my OLLI group visited the C.F. Lott home in Oroville. Set in a city block park, the house is surrounded by lawns, brick paths, a rose garden, and a wisteria arbor. The park is open daily, and the house … Continue reading

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