Tuesday, May 03, 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 #5001 - QUILTS
California's rich history has been documented in many ways, but the tradition of quilting is an expression of California life through beautiful and intricate pieces of art. Join Huell as he visits an exhibit of California quilts covering a 100-year history and the Foothill Quilters who keep this tradition alive.
California's Gold #5002 - SQUEEGEE
The squeegee was such a simple invention, but like Kleenex and Jell-O, its name has become synonymous with all rubber-bladed window cleaners. Join Huell Howser as he visits the Ettore Corporation in Oakland to learn first-hand about squeegees developed in 1936 by Ettore Steccone.
California's Gold #5003 - PISMO CLAMS
Huell travels to Pismo Beach on the coast 10 miles south of San Luis Obispo, and learns how its famous clams, plentiful in the region at the turn of the century, did their part in creating an image for one of the last of the classic California beach towns.
California's Gold #5004 - OLD-FASHIONED HARVEST
Huell attends a lively recreation of an old-fashioned harvest near Modesto where the participants use vintage equipment and farming techniques while dressed in authentic attire.
California's Gold #5005 - JOHN MUIR
Huell goes back in time and visits with John Muir at Yosemite National Park. Muir was America's most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist who is often called the father of our National Parks System. In 1892, he founded the Sierra Club to protect the newly created Yosemite National Park. Through his writing and actions, he taught the people of his time, and ours, the importance of experiencing and protecting our natural heritage.
Yosemite National Park.
California's Gold #5006 - TUOLUMNE MEADOWS
Huell visits Yosemite's high country for a walk through spectacular Tuolumne Meadows.
Yosemite National Park
California's Gold #5007 - DESERT TOWER
The Desert View Tower stands 3,000 feet above sea level, three miles east of Jacumba in the Imperial Valley. The four-story, cut-stone structure was built in the 1920s by Bert Vaughn, who owned the town of Jacumba. The pre-highway trek to the Pacific Coast was arduous, so Vaughn thought it appropriate to commemorate the pioneers who struggled across the arid desert. Join Huell as he climbs to the top of the tower to see the spectacular views of the desert below.
California's Gold #5008 - LITTLE MANILA
Huell travels to Little Manila in Stockton--a recent addition to the National Trust for Historic Preservations's 11-Most Endangered Historic Places list--to learn about its rich Filipino heritage.
Little Manila Foundation
California's Gold #5009 - MONTEREY TREES
Huell visits two trees in Monterey with interesting histories. In December, 1602 Sebastian Viscaino officially named Monterey in honor of the Viceroy of New Spain who had ordered his expedition. His band of 200 men gave thanks for their safe journey in a ceremony held under a large oak tree overlooking the bay which still stands. And then he's off to see the famous Lone Cypress, a 200-300-year-old tree standing alone on a rock jutting out over the ocean.
California's Gold #5010 - BEACH TRADITIONS
Huell travels up and down our coast to uncover some long-standing rituals from an abalone barbecue to surfing lessons.
California's Gold #5011 - HOLCOMB VALLEY
Huell tours Holcomb Valley, just north of Big Bear, and learns about its gold mining history.
California's Gold #5012 - BARNS
Before Disneyland, Walt Disney’s enthusiasm for realistic model trains had evolved into an elaborate backyard live steam railroad. At the heart of his railroad was a quaint red barn, which was his center of operations. Now at home in Griffith Park in Los Angles, the barn is a gem in the collection of the Los Angeles Live Steamers, an organization of train enthusiasts dedicated to educating people in railroad history and lore, and to further the avocation of live steam, gas-mechanical and electronic railroad technology. Huell tours the barn and hears stories of Disney’s passion for trains which many people say fueled his vision for his theme parks.
Then, after hearing there are only three barns like it left standing in California, Huell visits the historic Octagon Barn in San Luis Obispo. Locals estimate that it is more than 100 years old and was built as a livery stable and later used as a dairy barn. Although it is showing its age, the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County is spearheading an effort to refurbish the Octagon Barn as a roadside vegetable stand for use by local farmers.
The barn is open on the third Sunday of each month and features displays of Disney, LALS and railroad related memorabilia.
The Land Conservancy
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The Best of California's Gold. Call 800-255-5727. DVD for $49.95.