February 24, 2010

State Parks Grassroots Champion Award

The Friends of Allensworth is one of the organizations to receive the California State Parks Foundation’s new award, the State Parks Grassroots Champion Award. The new award honors the organizations, businesses and community groups that have worked to keep California State parks open. In both of the past two years California State parks were scheduled for closure, they were kept open only by the efforts of state park advocates. On Monday, March 8, 2010 the California State Parks Foundation will honor the awardees at their Park Advocacy Day reception in Sacramento.

Stephen Hill, Sr.

February 15, 2010

8th Annual Park Advocacy Day

February 19th is the deadline to register for the California State Parks Foundation’s 8th Annual Park Advocacy Day. The 2010 Park Advocacy Day is Monday, March 8th, at the state capitol in Sacramento.

Park Advocacy Day is an opportunity to sit down with our state legislators, their staff and members of the Governor’s administration, and let them know how important Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is to the state of California. To remind them that Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is more than a place of recreation, that it preserves not only an important part of California history, but a vital part of American history. African Americans came to Allensworth from all parts of the United States to pursue the American dream.

The day will begin with registration where you will be assigned to a team of 4-6 people then assemble in the secretary of state’s auditorium for welcome remarks and an overview of the day’s goals. Then participants will participate in apr├Ęs conference at the state capitol. After the press conference the teams will meet with legislators. Teams typically go to 3 – 5 offices during the day, there will also be an afternoon speakers panel followed by a park advocacy day reception.

There is no cost to participate in the park advocacy day, but registration is required.

Stephen Hill, Sr.

February 12, 2010

Ranger Ptomey appears on the Great Day Show

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park Interpreter Steven Ptomey appears on KMPH FOX 26’s the Great Day news and entertainment show with Kopi Sotiropulos and Kim Stephens. This show is part of their 2010 Black History Month series.

Stephen Hill, Sr.

February 01, 2010

Black History Month at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Please join the Friends of Allensworth and the California Department of Parks and Recreation as we celebrate Black History Month at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park on Saturday, February 13 & 27, 2010. This is our first major event for 2010, for a list of other events scheduled for this year visit our calendar of events.

The focus of the Black History Month program is to provide activities for school age children that are both entertaining and educational while emphasizing the accomplishments of our African American ancestors. Docents will be on site to give tours of the town’s two room school house, Col Allensworth’s home, the Hindsman General store, the hotel, and the other historic homes and businesses in this self governed all Black town. In addition to the activities and tours, the video “Allensworth: A Piece of the World” will be playing in the visitor center.

Date:  Saturday, February 13 & 27, 2010

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost:  Private Vehicles: $6.00


          10-24 passengers $50.00

          25 or more passengers $100.00

For more information about the Black History Program or the Friends of Allensworth contact Thomas Stratton at tomten@pacbell.net.


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Stephen Hill, Sr.