August 29, 2010

Ghost Tours

Colonel Allen Allensworth's Home

Start off your Labor Day weekend with a Ghost Tour of Colonel Allensworth SHP.

There are two tours scheduled for Saturday, September 4th, 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm.

You can read about Porterville Ghost Society’s Allensworth investigation in the Winter 2010 issue of our newsletter.

There are also two tours scheduled for Friday, October 29th.

Stephen Hill, Sr.

August 25, 2010

Allensworth Interviews: A Video by Dusty Stiles.

In this 19 minute video Dusty Stiles interviews Allensworth State Historic Park docents ; Emmett Harden, Marianna Reliforte, Hazel Kennedy, Josephine Herring , park interpreter Jerelyn Olivera and photographers Rick Russell and David Green.

This video is part of an upcoming Allensworth exhibition at the California African-American Museum in Exhibition Park, Los Angeles. The exhibition is the result of a photo project conceived by Rick Russell. Russell and nine of his friends spent the day at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park and taking photographers of the park which were put into a book: “Allensworth: A Place. A People. A Story.” The book will be sold at the park with proceeds benefitting the park and Friends of Allensworth.

Stephen Hill, Sr.

August 22, 2010

Colonel Allensworth Third Annual 5K Run Walk For Health

When: Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 9:00 A.M.

Course: Our certified 5K Run Walk course will begin and end at Colonel Allensworth SHP.

Features: T-shirt, Refreshments, Random Drawing, Timing, aid stations stocked with water, healthy eats and volunteers.

Awards Ceremony: The fastest three male and female finishers for the 5K Run Walk in each age division: 12 under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39,40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-over will receive a trophy.

Entry Fee:

Before September 30, 2010: $20 for adults, $15 seniors; $7 for youth 12 years and younger.

After October 7, 2010: $22 for adults, $16 seniors; $8 for youths 12 years and younger.

Virtual Runner /Walker: Donations of $20 or more will receive a T-shirt by mail.

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.

Register online at:

Or you can down load the entry form and mail it to:
Colonel Allensworth 3rd Annual 5K Run Walk for Health, P.O. Box 192046, Sacramento, CA 95819

For more information, contact Project Coordinator Dorothy Benjamin at (916) 346-4767

August 12, 2010

Hidden Stories Series Reception

California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) invites you to an evening reception and history presentation on September 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park . This event will focus on the life and contributions of Allen Light and Richard Freeman, early African-American settlers in Old Town who co-owned the San Diego House, a one-story saloon and provisions store in what become the birthplace of California – San Diego.

The evening will include light hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer at the newly-restored Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town , followed by a presentation by Historian and Senior Park Aide Guire John Cleary. A tour of the San Diego House will be available for interested parties after the presentation.

This reception is part of CSPF’s Hidden Stories Series, a program dedicated to exploring and uncovering the hidden stories of various groups in the foundation of California and the California State Parks . The program debuted in May of 2009 with the inaugural conference 100 Years Since Allensworth: Is California Living up to the Legacy?, which examined the hidden stories of African-Americans from the 1840’s Gold Rush, to the 1950’s segregated beaches of Los Angeles, and to the eventual establishment of San Diego.

For more information and to RSVP online by September 15, please visit Space is limited.

Marygrace Lopez
Program Manager
California State Parks Foundation