The Ramona Myth with Phil Brigandi
Date: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Location: Arcadia Public Library, 20 W. Duarte Rd., Arcadia
Phil Brigandi, historian and museum curator for the Ramona Pageant and former archivist at Orange County Archives, will discuss the role of the Ramona Myth in the shaping of Southern California and sort out the facts behind the fiction. Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1884 novel Ramona was intended to be a call for reform in our treatment of the Indians. Instead, local boosters seized on the popularity of the story and helped create one of the state’s first tourist booms, including tourist attractions, souvenirs, motion pictures, and the outdoor play of Ramona in Hemet.
Join the Friends of the Arcadia Public Library on Wednesday, January 19, at 10:30 a.m. to hear this fascinating story of a Southern California tradition. Reservations are not necessary; refreshments will be served.