January 30, 2012

10th Annual Park Advocacy Day

Don Hamlin & President Thomas Stratton
Park Advocacy Day 2011

It is important that Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is represented at this year’s Park Advocacy Day. Past budget cuts have already caused the hours and number of days the park is open to be reduced. The list of overdue maintenance and repairs continues to grow. And Governor Brown’s recently released fiscal year 2012-13 budget proposal contains additional cuts for California state parks.

Park Advocacy Day is a chance to visit the state capitol and let the governor and our other policy makers know how vital Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is. This event is free. However, you must register before February 23rd and complete an online training session.

For more information call California State Parks Foundation at (916) 442-2119 or email Linsey@calparks.org. You can also call Friends of Allensworth president Thomas Stratton at (530) 949-2168.

What: 10th Annual Park Advocacy Day

When: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Time: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

Where: Sacramento, Ca

Stephen Hill, Sr.

January 17, 2012

Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Dorothy Smith, the 2011 recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Dignity award and long time member of the Friends of Allensworth, is performing in the Common Ground Theatre masterpiece “A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

The free performance is 3:00 pm Sunday, January 22, 2012 at Paradise Village, 2700 4th Avenue, National City. For more information call (619) 255-2318 or email cgtheatre@cgt.sdcoxmail.com.

Stephen Hill, Sr.

January 14, 2012

More Budget Cuts Proposed

Round two in the fight between California State Parks and Governor Jerry Brown began last week with the release of the governor’s fiscal year 2012-13 budget proposal. The proposal contains another $11 million cut for the Department of Parks and Recreation, the removal of seasonal life guards and the dismissal of 20 percent of the California State Park’s rangers.

Previous budget cuts have already forced Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park to be closed four days a week and on the days that it is open the hours have been shortened. Image the impact that the lost of a park ranger will have on our precious state park.

We cannot afford to sit at ringside, and do nothing, as the governor destroys California’s only state park designed to showcase the contributions of the state’s African American citizens. Now is the time to take action. Now is the time to defend the Allensworth legacy. Now is the time to tell the governor to stop dismantling our state park system.

Take a few minutes right now to go to the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) online action alert and let the governor know you oppose his budget cuts. Then encourage your family and friends to do the same.

If possible come represent Colonel Allensworth SHP at the CSPF’s Park Advocacy Day on March 20, 2012.

Stephen Hill, Sr.

January 07, 2012

Lantern Light "Ghost Tour"

The Porterville Ghost Society is looking for a few brave souls to join them for a “Ghost Tour” of Colonel Allensworth State History Park. Come hear about the paranormal phenomena and other metaphysical activities that take place at the park after the sun goes down. Like unexplained footsteps and ringing telephones.

Park personnel will also give a brief history of Chaplain Allensworth, the town and the state park that are named after him.

This event is not recommended for children under 12.

For more information call (661)-849-3433

Date: Saturday, January 14, 2012

Time: 8:30pm

Where: Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
             Star Route 1, Box 148
             Earlimart, CA 93219

Cost: $10.00 per person