October 31, 2009

Double the Power of Your Gift Today

The California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) Board and the Donner Foundation have issued a special challenge grant to CSPF members. Between now and December 31st your tax-deductible gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

Next year’s budget battle will be intimidating but with your continued commitment we can keep the parks open. Please show your support for California State Parks by making a tax-deductible contribution to the CSPF today. Remember, your gift will be DOUBLED, only until Dec 31st.

Stephen Hill, Sr.

October 25, 2009

Pacific West Region Freeman Tilden Award

Yosemite National Park interpretive ranger Shelton Johnson has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Pacific West Region Freeman Tilden Award. As the Pacific West Region winner he is one of seven regional winners. During the National Association of Interpretation National Workshop in Hartford, Connecticut on November 19th one of the regional winners will be selected to receive the national Freeman Tilden Award. Each year, the national award is given to an individual who has successfully developed or delivered an effective interpretive program.

The award is named after Freeman Tilden (1883-1980) a pioneer in the field of natural and cultural interpretation, who began writing about America's national parks in the 1940s. He wrote four books on visiting, learning, and teaching about national and state parks and other heritage areas.

Johnson was given the regional award for his work with the Ken Burn’s film The National Parks: America’s Best Idea and his original research into the role the Buffalo Soldiers played in Yosemite National Park’s history.

Range Shelton Johnson performed at the Allensworth Centennial Celebration at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park in October 2008.

Stephen Hill, Sr.

October 24, 2009

Nominated as a California Historical Landmark

Camp Lockett, California is one thirteen nominations for federal and state historic designation. Camp Lockett is the only one of the thirteen to be nominated as a California Historical Landmark. The California State Historical Resources Commission will consider the nominations at a hearing at 9:00 am on Friday, October 30, 2009.

The public can present statements at the hearing or submit comments to:

Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA
State Historic Preservation Officer
Office of Historic Preservation
Post Office Box 942896
Sacramento, California 94296-001

You can also call or fax your inquiries to :

The Recording Secretary Twia Willis-Hunter
 Phone: (916) 653-7113
Fax: (916) 653-7718

Nominations and photographs of properties under consideration are available at http://www.ohp.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=24368

Camp Lockett is recognized as the last horse cavalry post in the U.S. Army. It was the home of the all black 10th and 28th (Horse) cavalry regiments. These African American units patrolled the Mexican border, guarded the Morena and Barrett dams that provided essential drinking water for San Diego, and provided security for the San Diego-Arizona Eastern Railroad, which served as the only direct eastwest line connecting San Diego with the rest of the country.

We ask that you send letters and/or make calls of support for the Camp Lockett nomination.

Stephen Hill, Sr.

October 14, 2009

Jestine Hurst and the Allensworth Adventure

The Los Angeles Sentinel reported that Jestine Hurst was honored as Queen for the Day.

Jestine Hurst has been organizing bus trips to the Jubilee Celebration at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park since the early 1970's. On May 9, 2009 she was honored as Queen for the Day by Brother and Sister Smith of Fremont, California.

Stephen Hill, Sr

Photo by: Jeff Peroera
Taken during the Los Banos Buffalo Soldiers visit to Allensworth.

October 12, 2009

Dedicated to Ted Jackson

The City Project has dedicated a page on their web site and a 78 photo sideshow of Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park on Flickr to Ted Jackson in appreciation of his more than 25 years of service and dedication to the California state parks that serve the children and people of California.

The mission of the City Project is to make California a better place to live, learn, work, and play, with equal justice, democracy, and livability for all.

 Stephen Hill, Sr.

October 03, 2009

Colonel Allensworth 5K Run Walk

A 5K Walk/Run will also take place October 10 at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. The certifed walk/run course begins and ends at the park in time to allow participants to take part in the annual Rededication Day activities.

If you can not be at the State Park for the Run Walk you can still support the Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park by registing as a Virtual Runner Walker, donations of $20 or more will receive a T-shirt by mail.

Registration is available online. For more information, contact Project Coordinator Dorothy Benjamin at (916) 346-4767 or (916) 346-4767.

Stephen Hill, Sr.