September 11, 2012

Lantern Light Ghost Tour

Phantoms, poltergeist, and the paranormal; you have read about them, seen them in movies and TV shows. The big question is, are you brave enough to take part in a real ghost tour? The Porterville Ghost Society is looking for a few brave souls to join them for a 90 minute lantern light ghost tour of Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.

The Porterville Ghost Society will explain how to use ghost hunting equipment such as EMF detection meters to measure electromagnetic fields, and EVP listeners that transform magnetic signals into audio you can hear. 

The Saturday, September 15th tour cost $10 per person and starts at 8:30 pm.  Please bring a flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes.  For more information call (661) 849-3433.

September 05, 2012

California Forever Premieres on PBS

After three years of filming and editing the two part series California Forever: The Story of California States Parks premiered on PBS last night.  The documentary will continue to air on PBS stations throughout the month of September.  (See the chart to find out when it airs in your area.)

 In episode two:  Parks for the Future, Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is one of six state parks featured as examples of the challenges our state parks face.  The Backcountry Pictures film crew spent two days at the park filming the Allensworth section.

Below is The California Report interview with director David Vassar of Backcountry Pictures.

Be sure to tell your family and friends to watch California Forever when it airs in your area.

Stephen Hill, Sr.

September 03, 2012

Docent Training

Docents are needed to give tours of the historic homes and businesses during special events at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. Docents are trained volunteers who interpret the amazing history of the historic town of Allensworth for park visitors; families, school groups, scout troops, bus tours, etc...  The next training class is Saturday, Sept 15, 2012. In addition to meeting new friends you will learn about the town's history to include an in-depth look at the families that lived in each of the restored homes and businesses. This is your chance to make a difference at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. A chance to preserve this great history.  A chance to help tell the Allensworth Story.

What:    Docent training
When:   Saturday, Sept 15, 2012
Where:  Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
Time:    9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Persons under 18 years of age may volunteer with written permission from a parent or guardian.

To sign up for the September 15th training class or receive information about other volunteering opportunities at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park contact Steven Ptomey at (661) 369-1142 or