Friday, May 06, 2016
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We are extremely proud of all the California's Gold shows we have produced over the past 20 years on our State's rich history, cultural diversity, natural wonders, and amazing people.
Our program is also endorsed by a number of organizations including: the California Teachers Association; the California Federation of Teachers; the California State Library Foundation; the California Library Association; the California School Boards Association; the California Council for the Social Studies; and the California Historical Society.
Thanks again for your support, and as always, you are invited to join the adventure as we continue our search together for California's Gold.
California's Gold #301 - GOLD COUNTRY
Come with Huell and pan for gold, sing pioneer songs and eat "bangers" at the annual Bidwell Bar Day celebration at Lake Oroville in Butte County. Also visit the pride of Sonora: “The Red Church,” a picturesque landmark in the center of town; and discover an unusual source of pride at the unique Annual Poison Oak show in Columbia, a restored gold mining town in Tuolumne County.
Butte County info:
California's Gold #302 - A CLOSER LOOK
Join Huell and travel to the sand dunes of El Centro where portions of a wooden plank road, which once stretched from Imperial County to Yuma, Arizona have been preserved; and attend a reunion at Camp Lockett, which brings together members of the last mounted unit in the Army.
California's Gold #303 - DEVIL'S JAW
Watch Huell as he embarks on a journey to the most dangerous spot on the California coast and find out why it is called "Devil's Jaw"; then visit the jewel of the California missions: La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, now a state historic park.
La Purisima Mission in Lompoc:
California's Gold #304 - SINGING COWBOYS
Huell meets the famous western duo, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, (and Trigger) and hear them sing their trademark song; then he meets Herb Jeffries who starred in black westerns in the late 1930s; and watch the festive 17th Annual Black Cowboy Parade in Oakland.
California's Gold #305 - BLOSSOM TRAILS
Join Huell on the Blossom Trail in Fresno County, our state's agricultural heartland; walk through the quaint and historic farming community of Reedley to the Mennonite Quilt Center and watch volunteers make beautiful quilts; savor the Armenian delicacy, keyma, one of the specialties of Uncle Harry's Restaurant, a local landmark; and deal yourself in on the world's longest running pinochle game going on daily at the Camden Cafe.
California's Gold #306 - COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS
Huell watches the Bok Kai Parade, California's oldest parade, with its colorful lion dancers, brilliant dragon and noisy firecrackers; then marvels at the world's largest blossoming plant, the Sierra Madre Wisteria Vine; and celebrates the memory of Abraham Lincoln with a march to the Lincoln Memorial Shrine in Redlands, the only shrine west of the Mississippi dedicated to Honest Abe.
Bok Kai Parade Contact
LINCOLN MEMORIAL SHRINE
Sierra Madre Wisteria Festival
California's Gold #307 - BUILDINGS
Huell takes a look at some beloved buildings such as the Bayliss Branch Library in Glenn County, the only functioning Carnegie Library that is completely rural; the Twenty-nine Palms Old Schoolhouse, the oldest building in the Morongo Valley; and visits the Apple Pan in West Los Angeles, a venerable diner that has been serving hickory burgers-and a slice of tradition-since 1947.
Bayliss Branch Library:
29 Palms Historical Museum (housed in the odl school house).
California's Gold #308 - A TALE OF TWO CITIES
Join Huell and visit Allensworth, now a state historic park, California's only community founded, financed and governed by African Americans during the early 1900s; tour old and new Kernville as area residents recount their experiences; and go whitewater rafting down the wild and scenic Kern River, one of the fastest flowing rivers in the nation.
Allensworth State Historic Park
Kernville Chamber of Commerce
California's Gold #309 - THINGS THAT CRAWL IN THE NIGHT
Join Huell and encounter the endangered kangaroo rat at Carrizo Plain Natural Area, considered the best example of the fragile ecosystem in the San Joaquin Valley; then experience first hand one of nature's unique phenomenon: the grunion run, this one at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro.
Carrizo Plain Natural Area Contact Info:
California's Gold #310 - BODIE
Join Huell if you’ve never been to a real live ghost town? This entire episode explores one of the last remnants of the Wild West, now a state historic park, Bodie is regarded as one of the largest and best preserved examples of an authentic ghost town.
Bodie State Historic Park info:
California's Gold #311 - MONO LAKE
Join Huell for this entire episode devoted to one of America's oldest, strangest and most beautiful lakes. Located in the eastern base of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains, Mono Lake is famous for its tufa, or curious formations of calcium carbonate.
Also see Cal Gold #138 for an update to this show. It includes most of this show and a look at what is new after 15 years. The updated version is also on DVD, while this episode is VHS only.
California's Gold #312 - NISEI PARADE AND LITTLE TOKYO
Join Huell as he takes a look at the history of this Japanese American community in downtown Los Angeles, including the annual Nisei Parade and all its festivities: traditional tea ceremony; Ikebana or flower arranging and bonsai exhibits, plus more.
Japanese American National Museum
Nisei Week information:
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