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May
21
Tuesday
May
21
Tue
HSUMD Annual Dinner MeetingEducation :: Lecture also Bus./Govt. :: Meeting
HSUMD Annual Dinner Meeting
6:00 PM
Historic USO Buildiing.
Description:
SEEP" SUBJECT OF ANNUAL HSUMD DINNER MEETING.

The next meeting of the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert will be held on Tuesday, May 21, at the Historic USO Building, 230 W. Ridgecrest Blvd. This event will be the Annual Dinner Business Meeting of the Society and the election of its Board of Directors. Doors will open at 6:00 PM, with a delicious pulled pork prepared by Board member Chuck Cordell and his Habitat for Humanity crew being served at 6:30.

A brief business meeting will follow dinner at 7:00, including the board of directors election. Cost of the dinner is $10, with tickets being on sale at the gift shop. Tickets should be purchased by Friday, May 17, so we can get an accurate count for the meal.

After dinner and the business meeting, we will have a brief discussion of the SEEP program by Craig Porter, followed by a showing of the Society’s video Sand Canyon Station, written and directed by Mark Pahuta. The SEEP, or Sand Canyon Environmental Education Project, is a spring-time classroom and field trip event that tells the story of nature and human impacts on Sand Canyon to local 4th and 5th graders. One of the HSUMD’s long-time contributions to the community has been to present the history of the canyon on SEEP field trips to the location. In the early years of the program, several society members, including Robert Ramsey, Lois Ramsey Carr, and Litha Crowell Mattis, who lived in the canyon as children, along with Henry Schuette, whose father worked on the aqueduct and later settled in the Indian Wells Valley, would join the trips to provide a living link with the history of the area. The video to be shown at the meeting preserves that legacy for future generations.

The video starts with the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct that passed through Sand Canyon just to the west of the Indian Wells Valley. The canyon was one of the challenges on the aqueduct’s route, and the video will explain about a disaster that delayed construction for about 6 months. The aqueduct was not without its critics--many of the inhabitants of the Owens Valley. After its completion in 1913, the City of Los Angeles hired patrolmen to inspect and protect the project. Some of these patrolmen lived in Sand Canyon, and their children are those featured on the video telling about life in Sand Canyon in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

For additional information, please call the HSUMD at 760-375-8456.






Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Historic USO Buildiing.
Address: 230 W. Ridgecrerst Blvd. Ridgecrest, California 93555
Phone: 760-375-8456.

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