January 28, 2011

Black History Month At The 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 12, 2011. This is our first major event for 2011, 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 12, 2011

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sites are still available at the campground, to reserve your campsite go to the Reserve America website or call 1-800-444-7275.

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

Stephen Hill, Sr.

January 25, 2011

Proposed Allensworth Health Clinic

Dr Mylene Rucker of Visalia is proposing the establishment of a health clinic in or near Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. She has planned a public meeting at her office to solicit feedback and locate potential investors. Dr. Rucker said “there’s a need down there”, “they have to go all the way to Delano”. (11 miles away)

Date:  Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Time:  12:30 pm

Place: 2305 Midvalley Ave
          Visalia, Ca 93291

Phone: (559) 635-1746

Dr. Rucker plans to finance the health clinic in part through the Federal Rural Health Clinic program, a Health Resources and Services Administration program designed to bring health care to underserved rural areas and Medi-Cal benefits for clinics operating in rural areas.

Stephen Hill, Sr.

January 20, 2011

9th Annual Park Advocacy Day

Credit: CSPF 2010

On Tuesday, March 22, 2011 the California State Parks Foundation will host the 9th annual Park Advocacy Day. Park Advocacy Day is an opportunity for state park supporters to meet face to face with California legislators to discuss our state parks and our concerns with the recent park closures, reduced operating hours, deferred maintenance, staff layoffs and budget cuts.

Park Advocacy Day is FREE however you must register online before February 12, 2011. Then Participate in an online/telephone briefing were you will receive the latest information about the state budget and policy issues that will have an effect on the state parks. Last year participants lobbied for Assembly Bill 2356(Carter), this bill would have established a buffer around Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.

Park Advocacy Day is a chance for us to let Governor Brown and the 40 new legislators know how important Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is to the history of African-Americans in California, and a chance to have a positive impact on the future of Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.

The day will begin at 8:00 am with packet pickup and team assignments and end with a speaker’s panel from 4:30 – 5:3- pm. This year’s award recipients will be honored at a reception in the Elks Tower ballroom following the speakers’ panel. Go to the California State Parks Foundation website to register and/or view a tentative itinerary.

For more information on Park Advocacy Day, please contact the California State Parks Foundation's Sacramento office at (916) 442-2119 or email Linsey@calparks.org.

Stephen Hill, Sr.

January 11, 2011

The Legacy Continues

The Legacy Continues: An Open Dialogue About Today’s Allensworth

A panel of California community members will discuss the importance of the Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. The photographers highlighted in the Allensworth: A Place, A People, A Story exhibit will be on hand. For more information call (213) 744-7432

When: Saturday, January 22, 2011

Time: 1:00 pm

Where: California African American Museum

             600 State Drive – Exposition Park

             Los Angeles, CA 90037

Cost: Admission is free.
          However, parking is $8 per vehicle.

Stephen Hill, Sr.