The El Cerrito Historical Society presents
NATIVE PEOPLE OF EL CERRITO:
PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
An illustrated talk by Beverly Ortiz
This overview of the culture and history of the Huchiun, an Ohlone-speaking tribe in the place now known as El Cerrito, will take you on a journey spanning thousands of years. It will end with a brief summary of the contemporary cultural involvements of today’s Ohlones. East Bay Regional Park District cultural services coordinator Beverly R. Ortiz, Ph.D., has published widely about her 30-plus years of field research with Native Californians.
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7 p.m.
FREE Refreshments will be served
El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Avenue
For information, Dave Weinstein, 510-524-1737, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wheelchair accessible. No need to RSVP!
At our recent annual meeting, El Cerrito geologist Gary Prost’s talk, “El Cerrito’s Hidden History: Geology, Rocks, Seismic Forces” proved so compelling that attendees asked where they could watch it again.
Now you can watch it again, or see it for the first time if you missed the meeting, on our website. CLICK HERE FOR POWERPOINT SLIDESHOW.
The talk ranged from the forces that created California to what people need to know today about earthquakes and tsunamis. (The good news – El Cerrito is not endangered by tsunamis. The news is not so good though when it comes to earthquakes.)
Did you know that 80 million years ago the land that is now El Cerrito was about 475 miles to our west, beneath ocean waters?
We thank Gary for his talk and note that another member from the Northern California Geological Society will lead a geology walk during the Hillside Festival, May 4-6. More information to come. The festival is sponsored by El Cerrito Trail Trekkers with participation by the Historical Society.
El CERRITO HISTORICAL SOCIETY ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2017, GOALS FOR 2018
El Cerrito’s Centennial occupied much of the society’s attention in 2017. Of the 78 Centennial events listed on the centennial calendar, the Historical Society sponsored or co-sponsored 17 of them – more than any other organization, we believe. Pat Shaw represented the historical society on Centennial planning.
The society toured historic buildings and neighborhoods, featured talks on the city’s origins and growth and delved into how El Cerrito became the place we know and love. We learned about the Castro family, our city’s “gambling past,” the history of our recycling center and our Boy Scout camp, Camp Herms – among other subjects. (CHECK OUT THE LIST!)