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Escondido Public Library Hosts Living Archive Exhibition 

10/10/2017 Categories: Adults Pioneer Room Special Event

Escondido, CA – The Pioneer Room, Escondido Public Library’s local history archive, is pleased to host “Home: A Living Archive”, a group exhibition of photographic works featuring learners from the Escondido Public Library’s Read. Succeed. Adult Literacy program. The exhibition opening will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Room. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees must RSVP to Myrna Montano at 760-839-4831 by October 27, 2017.

Escondido’s Home: A Living Archive series highlights the experiences and activities of contemporary Escondido society. Deeply personal, introspective, and at times nostalgic, this exhibition explores the many interpretations of “home” represented through word and image. This inaugural installment aims to start conversations about origins, self-identity, and what it means to belong. Home: A Living Archive will be on view at the Pioneer Room from November 2, 2017 through February 1, 2018.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Friends of Literacy Services and the Pioneer Room Friends. Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Senior Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at 760-839-4814 or vsjoberg@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room is located at 247 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido’s Local History Archive Offers Extended Hours 

03/06/2017 Categories: Pioneer Room

Escondido, CA – The Pioneer Room, Escondido Public Library’s local history archive, announces a new schedule of hours to better serve the community. With the new schedule, hours on Tuesdays are open to walk-in patrons and extend into the early evening. Hours on Wednesdays & Thursdays are initially open to walk-in patrons, followed by appointments to conduct research or confer with archival staff. The Pioneer Room’s new schedule of hours begins on Tuesday, March 7, 2017:

Tuesday                                 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday & Thursday     1:00 to 3:00 p.m.; 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. by appointment.

Appointments may be made by calling 760-839-4315.

Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room is the primary historical research center for the City of Escondido. The Pioneer Room identifies, collects, preserves, and provides access to a non-circulating collection of records, manuscripts, photos, and other significant resources of enduring historical, legal, administrative, and fiscal value.

Visitors to the Pioneer Room may consult the documents, photographs, maps, and other reference materials available to research a variety of local history topics, including historic homes and properties, biographies on individuals and families local to Escondido, and events pertaining to the history and development of Escondido and the surrounding region.

The Pioneer Room is located in the Mathes Community Center at 247 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. For more information on the Pioneer Room and Escondido Public Library, visit library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Senior Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814.

Escondido Public Library and Pioneer Room Friends Present Escondido’s Little Tokyo 

09/19/2016 Categories: Adults Pioneer Room

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library and the Pioneer Room Friends will host Escondido’s Little Tokyo, presented by Japanese-American Historical Society of San Diego Archivist, Linda Canada, on Tuesday October 18, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

Delve into stories of the historical legacy left by Japanese immigrants who settled throughout North County San Diego from Escondido’s “East End Tokyo” to Oceanside’s “Little Tokyo”. Escondido’s Little Tokyo is sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends, a support group dedicated to preserving and promoting Escondido Public Library’s local history archive, the Pioneer Room. This presentation is the highlight of their annual meeting.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library events, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Adult Services Senior Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library and Pioneer Room Friends Present the Story of Hollandia Dairy 

09/28/2015 Categories: Adults Pioneer Room

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library, and the Pioneer Room Friends, will host The Story of Hollandia Dairy, presented by second-generation owner, Arie de Jong, on Tuesday October 20, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

Local dairyman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Arie de Jong tells the story of North San Diego County's Hollandia Dairy, founded by Arie's father in 1950. It is the story of an immigrant family of 12 leaving the Netherlands and risking everything to create a new life for themselves in Escondido. Arie De Jong’s story will appeal to all local history enthusiasts interested in Escondido - then and now.

The Story of Hollandia Dairy is sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends, a support group dedicated to preserving and promoting Escondido Public Library’s local history and genealogy archive. This presentation is the highlight of their annual meeting.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Senior Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Presents Gold Hill: The Story of Julian’s 1870’s Gold Rush - An Interactive Musical Event 

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library and the Pioneer Room Friends present Celia Lawley, “Fiddlegirl,” performing Gold Hill: The Story of Julian’s 1870’s Gold Rush on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Lawley packs 12 original songs based on Julian's 1870's gold rush history into this one hour show. An accomplished musician and performer, she sings, acts, and dances while playing fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and tin flute. Lawley invites audience participation and interaction to add to the fun and enjoyment.

Gold Hill is one of many programs offered throughout the Library’s 2015 Summer Reading program line-up. Librarian David Frazee commented “Read to the Rhythm! is this year’s Summer Reading theme, and Gold Hill is the perfect family-friendly program to celebrate reading, music, and local history. Lawley is a native San Diegan and she combines her knowledge of San Diego’s rich history in an entertaining and unique musical performance that everyone will enjoy.”

Escondido Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading program for adults includes two additional summer concerts as part of the extended 2nd Saturday Concert Series. On Saturday, July 11, 2015, Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi combine klezmer music with Hasidic melodies, Romanian, jazz, classical, and Balkan influences into a new form of Jewish music. On August 8, 2015, the Neave Trio returns to perform classical chamber music.

For more information about Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading programs and programs for adults, children and teens, visit library.escondido.org/SRC, or contact David Frazee at 760-839-4839 or Dfrazee@escondido.org. All Library events are free and open to the public. Gold Hill is generously sponsored by the Escondido Library Pioneer Room Friends. The 2nd Saturday Concert Series and many other Summer Reading Club events are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Presents Free Genealogy Workshop 

09/23/2014 Categories: Adults Pioneer Room

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host a free Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the Library’s Pioneer Room—the City’s local history and genealogy archive. The Pioneer Room is located in the Mathes Community Center at 247 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, California 92025.

The Workshop will be taught by Ginger Kullman, a lifelong Escondido resident and genealogist. It is designed for beginning genealogy enthusiasts who want to discover their family history and learn about research resources and techniques. Registration is required as seating may be limited. Call 760-745-6633 to register.

Attendees will receive free information packets and an introduction to Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource. Escondido Public Library provides this popular genealogy database for public use in the Library and at the Pioneer Room.

This program is sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends, a support group dedicated to preserving and promoting Escondido’s rich local history.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For information about Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room, contact Librarian and Archivist Helene Idels at 760-839-4315 or visit library.escondido.org.

 

 

Escondido Public Library Presents Escondido’s Surprising Connection to Balboa Park’s 1915 Panama-California Exposition 

09/16/2014 Categories: Adults Pioneer Room

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host Escondido’s Surprising Connection to Balboa Park’s 1915 Panama-California Exposition, presented by Dr. Michael Kelly on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

Dr. Kelly will share his expertise on San Diego’s first major international fair which celebrated the building of the Panama Canal and recognized San Diego as a major port of call. He is widely recognized as President of the Committee of One Hundred, dedicated to preserving Balboa Park’s historic architecture, gardens and public spaces, and is editor of Balboa Park and the 1915 Exposition. Dr. Kelly will also reveal the surprisingly significant and historic role the City of Escondido played in the planning of the 1915 Exposition. Escondido city officials were instrumental in the Expo’s local success by encouraging County road development in preparation for the Exposition. City officials also collaborated with the Chamber of Commerce, Exposition organizers, and the Grape Day Association by featuring an “Escondido Day” at the 1915 Expo to help promote Escondido’s own Grape Day Festival.

The 1915 Panama-California Exposition was pivotal and historic for the greater San Diego area as the scenic parkland mesa location became “Balboa Park” and central buildings and gardens were created. Balboa Park quickly became the center of history, architecture, gardens, arts and culture for the City of San Diego. Escondido’s role in encouraging a north-south connection proved to be timely and forward thinking.

This program is sponsored by Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room Friends, a support group dedicated to preserving and promoting Escondido Public Library’s local history and genealogy archive. Escondido’s Surprising Connection to Balboa Park’s 1915 Panama-California Exposition is the program highlight of the group’s annual meeting and will appeal to all local history enthusiasts.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, California 92025. For information on this program and the Pioneer Room, contact Librarian and Archivist, Helene Idels at 760-839-4315 For more information on Escondido Public Library programs and services, visit library.escondido.org.

Free Genealogy Workshop – Saturday, May 3, 2014 Escondido Public Library Pioneer Room 

04/08/2014 Categories: Online Resources Pioneer Room

Escondido, CA – The Escondido Public Library will host a free Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 2:30 – 4:00 PM.  The Workshop will be held in the Library’s Pioneer Room, the City’s local history archive. The Pioneer Room is located adjacent to the Library in the Mathes Community Center building at 247 South Kalmia Street. This Workshop is designed for adults who want to discover their family history and learn more about resources and techniques for genealogy research. Intermediate genealogy enthusiasts are also welcome to attend.

The Workshop will be taught by Ginger Kullman, a lifelong Escondido resident and genealogy aficionado. It will feature an overview of genealogy resources and tools.  Attendees will also receive free literature packets and an introduction to Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource.  The Escondido Public Library subscribes to Ancestry.com and makes this popular genealogy database available for free public use in the Main Library and at the Pioneer Room.

Reservations are required as seating may be limited.  Contact Ginger Kullman at 760-745-6633 to register.  This program is sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends, Escondido Public Library’s archives support group, dedicated to preserving and advancing Escondido’s rich local history. To learn more about Escondido Public Library’s services, programs and events, contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit library.escondido.org.

Rancho Guejito Revisited at the Escondido Public Library 

10/11/2013 Categories: Adults Pioneer Room

Escondido, CA – The Pioneer Room Friends will host a talk by Bruce D. Coons, Executive Director of Save Our Heritage Organisation, on the historic Rancho Guejito on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library. This massive 22,000 acre Rancho has been the subject of inquiry and controversy for years and Mr. Coons has studied and written about the Rancho many times. 

Rancho Guejito is based on an original 13,000 acre Mexican land grant from the 1840’s. It has since grown through acquisitions to its current 22,000 acres size. East of Escondido and north of Ramona, it is the last undeveloped Mexican land grant rancho in San Diego County and is famed for its native grasslands, oak covered hillsides, wildlife, and the modest Guejito Creek. Now owned by an eastern corporation, proposals to develop it have continued to stir controversy with local conservationists and preservationists.  

Free and open to the public, this program is part of an annual meeting sponsored by Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room Friends, a support group of the library’s local history and genealogy archive that preserves and advances our rich local history. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Free Genealogy Workshop – Saturday, March 16, 2013 

01/31/2013 Categories: Pioneer Room

Are you ready to discover your family’s history?  Escondido Public Library will host a free Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 2:30 – 4:00 PM.  The workshop will be held in the Pioneer Room, the city’s archive for local history and genealogy resources, which is located adjacent to the Library in the Mathes Community Center building at 247 South Kalmia Street (92025).  This workshop is designed for adults who want to discover their family history and learn about research resources and techniques.  Intermediate genealogy enthusiasts are also welcome to attend. 

The workshop, taught by Ginger Kullman, a lifelong Escondido resident and genealogy aficionado, features an introduction to genealogy resources and free handouts.  Workshop attendees will also receive an introduction to Ancenstry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource.  The Escondido Public Library subscribes to Ancestry.com and makes this popular genealogy database available for free public use in the library and at the Pioneer Room.

Reservations are required as seating may be limited.  Contact Ginger Kullman at 760-745-6633 to RSVP.  This program is sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends, Escondido Library’s archives support group interested in preserving and advancing Escondido’s rich local history.

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