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Smith, Dunlap presentations are coming this month

As the Historical Society plans to celebrate Cambria’s Sesquicentennial next year, we will feature the town’s earliest residents and residences. Seen here are the 19th century Cole and the Manderscheid homes on Main Street. The Cole was replaced by the Shaw home in 1914 and ultimately housed The Cambrian; but the other is still resplendent with its gardens and is currently known as the Olallieberry Inn.
As the Historical Society plans to celebrate Cambria’s Sesquicentennial next year, we will feature the town’s earliest residents and residences. Seen here are the 19th century Cole and the Manderscheid homes on Main Street. The Cole was replaced by the Shaw home in 1914 and ultimately housed The Cambrian; but the other is still resplendent with its gardens and is currently known as the Olallieberry Inn.

The Cambria Historical Society continues its mission to preserve and disseminate information about this area’s fascinating history, as we host Michele Smith in our museum parlor tonight, Nov. 5 at 5:30.

Smith is a CHS member, a docent at Mission San Luis Obispo and former docent at Hearst Castle, where she documented religious art; she will present a well-researched discussion about the foundation of the earliest nine California missions. At age 54, St. Father Junipero Serra left his native Majorca and followed his vocation to build small churches in Alta California alongside the colonies that were established by the Spanish to protect their claims against English and Russian encroachment.

The fascinating evening includes refreshments, and reservations are required; call Penny Church at 927-1442. Historical Society members are admitted free as a perquisite, and the general public is invited for a $10 fee applicable to a $30 membership, which will entitle entry to future engagements.

‘Lunch and Learn’

On Saturday, Nov. 7, resident rancher/historian Dawn Dunlap will present the latest talk in her series “Lunch and Learn” at noon out at Stolo’s Family Winery on Santa Rosa Creek Road.

Dawn is also a founding member of CHS, and a valuable resource to us as we gather and archive California’s history. She will speak of the impact of drought, floods and fires on the early cattle and dairy industries, especially in Central California. The $40 event includes a catered lunch and complimentary wine. For required reservations, call 924-3131.

Squibbing revisited

We continued another delightful tradition begun by Louise and Paul Squibb, who lived down Burton Drive and gathered trash while they took their regular strolls about the village. Through the years, others joined in the Historical Society’s custom of “Squibbing” — Scouts, 4H, Native Daughters of the Golden West and current participants such as the two gentlemen who “pick up butts” on Main Street (leave it to your imagination what they nicknamed themselves). Make every day Squibbing Day!

On Sunday, Nov. 1, the Historical Society welcomed the Beautify Cambria Association, as they spearheaded a concerted effort to clean the community after the tourist season, awarding participants a CHS “I Squibbed” button, and a tote bag compliments of the Cambria Tourism Board’s Stewardship Program. We are also proud to support Beautify Cambria by hosting and planting one of the nice new trash receptacles.

Hospitality Night

Traditions will continue in December, as we join the Cambria Chamber of Commerce’s Hospitality Night on Thursday, Dec. 3, so save the date! We begin by lighting the iconic Port Orford Cedar, which is more than 100 years old and was likely planted by one of Cambria’s distinguished residents, Sarah Woods Guthrie, who settled here with her extended family from Oregon.

The Historical Society is proud of the efforts of our docents and gardeners to maintain the tradition of service to the community. Like other nonprofits, we welcome new volunteers to augment our ranks and we need you to be part of our future.

We will provide you with ample training in January, as well as opportunities to enhance your own personal experiences here. Call Penny at 927-1442 to serve inside, and Consuelo at 927-3159 to serve outside.

Consuelo Macedo’s column is special to The Cambrian and appears the first Thursday of each month.

About the museum

Located at 2251 Center Street at Burton Drive, the museum and bookstore are staffed by volunteers from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday; the gardens and back yard nursery are open all day every day. Phone: (805) 927-2891. Go to www.cambriahistoricalsociety.com, and “like” the society’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cambriahistoricalsociety.

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