Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Discover Photos of the Pass

View of Banning, CA, downtown, 1901
(looking north on San Gorgonio Avenue from railroad tracks)
Courtesy of Banning Public Library District

Photos from the rich past of San Gorgonio Pass tell many stories.
On Monday, Bill Bell will share some.

From cowboys to apricot groves and other community commerce, from a World War I armistice parade to more modern Stagecoach Days events, Banning Public Library's photos comprise a wide range of the Pass past.


Bell has been working on a state library grant project to digitize old photos in the library district archives.

He’ll share some of his discoveries at Monday’s Dragonfly Lecture at Dorothy Ramon Learning Center — and tell how he’s on the lookout for more.

The public is invited to the lecture starting at 6 p.m. at the Center at 17 W. Hays, Banning, CA. Donations at the door help the small nonprofit save and share Southern California’s Native American cultures, languages, history, and traditional arts.

The Center celebrates a theme each year, and this year, it’s Shadowcatchers: Photographs. The Center is spotlighting work in documenting and preserving Native American-related historic photos. These photos are often not in major historic collections.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

Werre' ... Haeh-hae'

Today's February 14, so without further ado,
here's how to say it in two of our Southern California American Indian languages:
Pihan'in emey.

Ne'en a'aiyoqal.

Say what?
Say, I love you.

Werre'. (Serrano: Yes.)
Haeh-hae'. (Serrano and Cahuilla: Yes.)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Serrano Toys & Tools

What tools did American Indians use?
What toys did American Indians play with?

Find out this coming Saturday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, corner of Hays and San Gorgonio, Banning.

You're invited to Serrano Toys and Tools. Try out some Indian tools for yourself. Make and take home a toy.

And learn and take home some accurate and interesting information about our region's Serrano culture, language, history, and traditional arts.

Each month we host the FREE Second Saturday Sidewalk Storytelling event.
It's for families. For kids of all ages. It's for you.
And it's FREE.

This month, staff members and volunteers from the San Bernardino County Museum are going to bring lots of interesting and fun toys and tools. Don't miss this program!