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September 7, 2014, 2:00-4:00pm

Mid-Autumn Festival

Saratoga History Museum

Saratoga, CA

The Organization for the Chinese American Women of Silicon Valley presents the Mid-Autumn Festival at the Saratoga History Museum.  The free event will include live entertainment, arts and crafts, traditional moon cakes and tasting and more.

The  Mid Autumn Moon Festival celebrates a tradition dating back thousands of years in many Asian countries honoring a good harvest, youth, families, and community. The Festival is often compared to America’s Thanksgiving tradition, and is a time honored Asian holiday that marks the end of the summer harvest.

Highlighted will be Richie Sun who will give a demonstration of Wushu martial arts.  Sun recently earned three first place titles and the grand championship in the Tiger Claw Kung Fu Magazine tournament. He is qualified for the US Traditional Wushu Team Championship and will be competing in October in the Sixth World Wushu Championship.

Other entertainment includes story telling of the legend of the Mid-Autumn Festival by Ping Li for the delight of young and old; calligraphy and brush painting demonstration by Mr. Lau and other traditional activities. Many arts and crafts opportunities for children will also be available. Lanterns are also symbols of the event and will be seen.

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September 10, 2014, 4:00pm-8:00pm

HackTheHearst kick-off: Revealing the treasures of the Hearst Museum

University of California, Berkeley

102 Kroeber Hall

The Hearst Museum’s collections contain over 3 million objects from every part of the world, which comprehensively illustrate the story of 2 million years of human history and prehistory.

We need your help to share this rich resource with the world.
HackTheHearst will give participants an opportunity to dig into our collections data and images and work with them directly to produce innovative tools for discovering, exploring, and working with our collections. In addition to general apps, we’re hoping to inspire teams to build apps specifically designed to help K–12 students and educators, researchers, and/or tribal and heritage communities.

Participants will work in teams to research, design, and build apps that will be presented to the public at the end of the competition.
Registration is free. All participants will receive generous swag bags, will have access to both coding and subject area mentors, and will be entered in drawings for cool prizes. A combination of cash and special prizes will be awarded to the teams which produce the best apps.
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September 11, 2014, 7:30 pm

Talking Stone: Rock Art of the Cosos (a documentary film)

Pacific Coast Archaeological Society

Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room

Irvine, CA

Dr. Alan Garfinkel will introduce the film and answer questions. Dr. Alan Garfinkel is a California and Great Basin anthropologist/archaeologist. Principally known for his work with the indigenous people of the Far West and for his studies of Native American rock art in California and the Great Basin. Recognized for his pioneering studies in the regional prehistory of eastern CA, the Far Southern Sierra Nevada, and Southwestern Great Basin.

He holds active research interests in forager ecology, Native American consultation in cultural resource management contexts, rock art studies, and peopling of the Americas. He is a recognized authority on the Coso Range Rock Art traditions and Coso Region prehistory in general. He received his Bachelor’s at CSU, Northridge, and his MA and Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. He has authored five books including Prehistory of Kern County, Archaeology and Rock Art, and the Handbook of the Kawaiisu and has formally published 47 scientific articles in various academic journals. He is the recipient of both the 2008 and 2011 California State Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation.

Free and open to the public.

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September 12, 2014, 7:00pm

Harlem Rides the Range: Murray’s Dude Ranch and the African American Homesteaders of Bell Mountain

The 29 Palms Historical Society 

Old Schoolhouse Museum
Twentynine Palms, CA

Jennifer Thornton, Ph.D. candidate in Public History at the University of California, Riverside

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September 13, 2014, 11:00am-4:00pm

Fundraiser at the Historical Las Flores (c. 1867)

Camp Pendleton Historical Society

MCB Camp Pendleton, San Diego County, CA

Tours, book signings, War Dog demonstration, Indian Basket Weaving, food vendors, silent auction and more.

$20 per person in advance, $30 at the door. Children 12 and under FREE.

Send check payable to CPHS (For Reckless Fund) to: Gerald Polyascko, 177 Pamela Dr. Fallbrook, CA 92028

September 13, 2014, 11:00am-2:00pm

Ancient Indulgences: Wine and Chocolate

San Diego Archaeological Center

Escondido, CA

The San Diego Archaeological Center announces Ancient Indulgences: Wine and Chocolate, the first of a series of events about the history of life’s little pleasures. The event will be held at the San Diego Archaeological Center located at 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027. Wine and chocolate are derived from plants and contain nutrients that have specific health benefits.  Not all forms of these pleasurable foods are healthy, however. Learn which claims are legitimate and how to select the most beneficial forms of wine and chocolate.

Phil Goscienski, MD, the Stone-Age Doctor, will present a lecture on the health benefits of wine and chocolate followed by wine and chocolate tasting.  After the lecture, mingle with others while enjoying red and white Southern California wines provided by Halter Ranch Vineyard and Orfila Vineyards and Winery and chocolate with crystalized herbs and flowers from Coco Savvy. You can also purchase tickets for a chance to win a free wine tasting at Orfila Vineyard and Winery or a bottle of wine from Halter Ranch Vineyard. You will also take home a souvenir gift from this event.

Admission: $25 for members $35 for non-members   (21 and over only)

Space is limited and you must register in advance.

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September 13, 2014, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Nettie Ruben Presentation

Clarke Historical Museum

Eureka, CA

Join local historian Ron Johnson at the Clarke as he gives a presentation on Karuk basket weaver Nettie Ruben. Nettie Ruben, or I-tha-evs-shur her Karuk name, has long been acknowledged as a master basket maker, yet this is the first time an exhibit has been devoted to her. Exhibit runs from until January  3, 2015.

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September 13, 2014, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Family Moon Festival

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

San Diego, CA

It’s that time again when the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum opens it’s doors to families from all over the San Diego region to celebrate a time-honored Chinese tradition: the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.  The Chinese celebrate the Moon or Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋節 on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month by savoring the full moon, the bounty of the harvest, and delicious mooncakes.

Join the us in celebrating the brightest full moon of the year!  The event will be held on September 13, 2014 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm in the museum’s beautiful garden.  Admission is $4, free for children under 12 and museum members.

Walk-ins welcome but reservations are highly recommended.  For more information or to RSVP, please call 619-338-9888 or email gro.mhcdsnull@ofni.  

September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

“Ice Age Horses”

Coachella Valley Archaeological Society

45480 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA

Presented by Eric Scott, Curator of Paleontology, Division of Geological Sciences at San Bernardino County Museum.  

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September 18, 7:30pm

Canticle of the Sun: Archaeoastronomy and Solar Eucharistic Worship in the Millennial New World

Santa Cruz Archaeological Society

Cabrillo College’s Sesnon House,


On the first winter sunrise of the 21st century, college Professor Ruben Mendoza and a handful of others were witnesses to an amazing sight at the old Spanish Mission San Juan Bautista. Just as the sun rose, it bathed the altar of the mission in a blaze of sunlight. The sun had risen in the saddle between two hills, shone through a window in the mission church and cast an intense column of light directly on the tabernacle on the altar, the center of the Roman Catholic sacrifice of the Mass. They were gathered for what has come to be known as an “illumination,” a brief, breathtaking interval when a sunbeam penetrates the church’s front window to bathe the altar and the sacred objects around it in a blazing patch of light. The mission perched at the edge of the San Andreas fault sees it but once a year.

Dr. Rubén G. Mendoza is an archaeologist, writer, photographer, and founding faculty member of the California State University, Monterey Bay. He has directed major archaeological and historical investigations at missions San Juan Bautista, San Carlos Borromeo, San Miguel Arcángel, Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, and the sixteenth-century Ex-Convento de la Concepción in Puebla, Mexico. His efforts on behalf of the Royal Presidio Chapel Conservation Project were awarded the California Preservation Foundation Preservation Design Award for 2009. He has published over 125 professional articles and books, as well as reviews, commentaries, and scores of published images spanning pre-Columbian, Colonial, and California mission-era art and architecture and solar geometry, American Indian science, technology, and medicine, and modern material cultures.

September 19, 2014, 9:30am-12:00pm

Prehistoric Paint

William S. Hart Park and Museum

Newhall, CA

Fun for families with children of all ages.

Free admission, donations accepted.

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September 20, 2014, 10:00am-12:00pm

Archaeology Walk

Friends of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

Cambria, CA

Join Barry Price in a walk back in time. You will see the Fiscalini Ranch with new eyes. We will find out who lived on the Ranch during the last 10,000 Years and how they reacted to changes in climate, food resources and population.

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September 20, 2014, 11:00am

Altered Landscapes: Discussion and Documentary Preview

Autry National Center

Los Angeles, CA

From the Central Valley to the Salton Sea, artists and authors discuss the impact of landscape changes on California and the ways communities adapt. The program includes a preview of the film Tulare: The Phantom Lake, which demonstrates the long-term effects of this alteration on our understanding of the land. Following the program, continue the conversation with the panelists over an optional lunch discussion in Crossroads West Cafe.

Panelists include:

Eileen Apperson, author of  Pattern of the Land: The Search for Home in an Altered Landscape; 

Christopher Beaver, documentary film producer/director, author, journalist instructor, and filmaker of Tulare: The Phantom Lake

Kim Stringfellow, artist and educator in the multimedia arts as an Associate Professor in the School of Art, Design, and Art History at San Diego State University.

Space Is Limited / Reservations Recommended

September 20, 2014, 8:00pm-9:00pm

Rock Art Mysteries

Maidu Museum and Historic Site

Roseville, CA

Take a walk with through our historic site to observe petroglyphs by
lantern light. Journey back in time and explore ideas about the purpose
of these mysterious symbols carved in stone thousands of years ago.
Museum doors open at 6:30pm. Lantern tour starts at 8pm, following the
FREE “Night Out at the Museum” event. Fees: $6 per person.

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September 23, 2014, 4:00pm-6:00pm

History Discussion: Rancho San Julian

San Pasqual Battlefield Volunteer Association

Joslyn Senior Center

Escondido, CA

Discussion led by Dianne Cowen

September 26-28, 2014, 9:00am-4:00pm

Miwok-Paiute Basketry with Julia Parker

Yosemite Conservancy

Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Yosemite National Park’s longest-tenured park employee, Julia Parker. Often described as a “national treasure” for ensuring the cultural legacy of the Miwok-Paiute people in Yosemite, Julia, along with her daughter, Lucy Parker, and granddaughter, Ursula Jones, will guide you through traditional basket-weaving techniques as you create your own unique basket. You will be immersed in Yosemite’s fascinating cultural history and hear the stories that have lived on through generations of families. This program begins Friday morning in Yosemite Valley and runs through Sunday afternoon. All materials are provided, and you will take home your own beautiful handmade basket.

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September 27, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm and September 28, 9:00am-3:00pm with optional overnight

FALL RETREAT: Partnering with Nature: A Native American Way of Protecting Habitat

Pepperwood Preserve

Santa Rosa, CA

Meet at the Dwight Center
FEES: $180 per participant
($160 for members) Ages 14 and up welcome

All the Native American tribes whose territories surrounded Pepperwood (the Wappo, Pomo, and Miwok) relied upon plants for their survival. They developed a sophisticated system of “tending the wild” to create an abundance of their favorite edible and medicinal plants, while cultivating others for fibers and use in woven baskets. Pepperwood’s Cultural Resources Coordinator and resident anthropologist Benjamin Benson and Autumn Summers, Program Coordinator for the California School of Herbal Studies, will lead this exciting exploration through lecture and field work. Members of Pepperwood’s Native American Council of elders will participate and share their extensive knowledge of plant foods, their exquisite basketry, and traditional tool use. They will bring a wealth of ancient knowledge to this class. 

Savory acorn spread, roasted bay nut “buzz balls” and sweet/sour manzanita berries are a few of the native foods on the menu for preparing and tasting. Employ your hands to make string from dogbane and try your luck at a traditional gambling game while sitting around the campfire Saturday night. 

Participants are invited to stay at the Bechtel House or camp under the stars. A catered dinner Saturday night and continental breakfast on Sunday are included. There will also be an optional evening stroll on Saturday.

Presenters include:

Benjamin Benson is an environmental anthropologist and cultural ecologist who specializes in understanding the systems of environmental management that are utilized by Native cultures throughout the. A leading scholar of California weaving traditions, Ben has a substantial repertoire of publications in ethnobotany, ethnographic art, and environmental science. In addition to being a well-known public speaker and instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College, he serves as Cultural Resources Coordinator for Pepperwood Preserve. Ben also serves as a museum anthropologist and exhibit curator who has designed four small museums, including the Jesse Peter Museum and worked with museums throughout the world including the Smithsonian.

Autumn Summers is a graduate from the California School of Herbal Studies where she currently is a member of the teaching staff and the Program Coordinator. Past President of the Sonoma County Herb Association, Summers completed a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology with an Emphasis in Ethnobotany from Sonoma State University. Her current focus is on teaching botany, edible and medicinal plant use, and seaweed classes.

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September 27, 2014, 9:30am-1:00pm

Artifact Illustration

San Diego Archaeological Center

Escondido, CA

Learn artifact illustration and representation of “wear zones” on stone tools; how to measure and draw artifacts to scale; pen & ink techniques; how to draw and represent historical items, such as wood, bone, leather, glass, and stoneware. Classes are taught by Donna Walker, SDAC’s contract illustrator and volunteer (one-on-one sessions are also available). Ms. Walker assists with the curatorial and programs department at SDAC on a regular basis. In her role as a contracted artist with the Center, she creates artifact illustrations of stone tools found in San Diego County. Her work appears in professional archaeological reports and presentations. Cost is $35 for members and $40 for non-members with a maximum of 12 students.

Please contact Donna Walker for reservations via email: moc.liamgnull@50reklaw.annod

October is California Archaeology Month!

Check the calendar, Archaeology Month

Events, for programs in your area.

November 14, 2014, 7:00pm

Glimpses of the Gobi Desert as seen from Ikh Nart Nature Reserve at the northern margin of the Gobi in Eastern Mongolia: Archaeology and Wildlife Conservation

The 29 Palms Historical Society 

Old Schoolhouse Museum
Twentynine Palms, CA

Joan Schneider, Ph.D. Archaeology Team Leader, Earthwatch Institute

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December 12, 2014, 7:00pm

Mining in the Region of Joshua Tree National Park

The 29 Palms Historical Society 

Old Schoolhouse Museum
Twentynine Palms, CA

D.D Trent, Ph.D. Geology, Professor Emeritus, Citrus College

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December 13, 2014, 9:30am-12:00pm

Day at the Ranch: Chumash

William S. Hart Park and Museum

Newhall, CA

Come visit and experience life in an historic Chumash village. Learn how the Chumash lived 500 years ago, including how they gathered and prepared food, how they built their homes, what they did for fun and so much more.

Free admission, donations accepted.

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February 28, 2015, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Archaeology of Asian diasporic settlements in California colloquium

Riverside & Inland Southern California Society of the Archaeological Institute of America


Riverside, CA

Presentations by

Laura Ng, National Park Service: Archaeology of Manzanar

Linda Bentz, SDSU: Chinese abalone harvesting sites in the Channel Islands

Beth Padon, Discovery Works, Inc.: Redlands Chinatown excavations

John Foster, Greenwood Associates: LA Chinatown excavations

Kholood Abdo-Hintzman, Applied Earthworks: San Bernardino and San Louis Obispo Chinatown excavations

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March 7, 2015, 11:00am-4:00pm

Arizona Archaeology Expo

Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park

Yuma, AZ

Celebrate Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Month. The Expo provides a special opportunity for visitors to learn more about why it is important to preserve archaeological sites and historic places; what archaeologists, historians, and tribal members do in their jobs; and the prehistory and history of Arizona. Archaeology- and/or history-related, hands-on activities, craft demonstrations, and other fun and educational events will be featured.

In addition, Boy Scout and Girl Scout merit badge requirements can be fulfilled at the Expo. Special displays and booths by archaeological and historical organizations, museums, Native American tribes, state and federal agencies, and others will allow you to participate as an archaeologist might in their research today, or make crafts and tools that teach how prehistoric Native Americans and other early inhabitants survived in the Southwest.

Demonstrations and interactive activities will help make the past come alive! In addition, information on archaeological sites, museums, and historical period parks in and around the local area will be highlighted.

The Expo will give visitors new insights into Arizona’s many prehistoric, historic, and contemporary cultures, and will help instill a sense of stewardship for our state’s fragile and nonrenewable heritage resources.