By PGP DAVID ALLEN
Please note; Brother David writes these reports for the Native Sons Newsletter which is published bi-monthly.
The NSGW Historical Preservation Foundation did not receive any
requests this past quarter, but here are some results from last time.
The $1,275 grant to the Citrus Roots, Preserving Citrus Heritage
Foundation, which is headquartered in Balboa, yielded this video which is now on their website, www.citrusroots.com, entitled “The Boom of 1887.” This gives the story of the citrus industry at its beginning. You should watch it.
In addition, Jr. Past Grand President Dwight Dutschke took the photo at right during a recent trip through the Delta. The proceeds
from this memorial wall are used to help preserve and interpret
the town of Locke. Locke was founded in 1915 after a fire wiped out Chinatown in nearby Walnut Grove. It is the only town in the United States built by the Chinese for the Chinese.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1990. From the two examples above, you will also notice that it doesn’t take a lot of money donated to local groups and organizations to make a difference.
The HPF has been able to use outright grants or matching grants throughout the state and can only thank the members for their generous donations at Grand Parlor over the last four years and the support for 15 years for making this possible.
Since this went to press just prior our January board meeting, it is hoped that many of the upcoming opportunities that are being explored will come to fruition. Until then, keep your eyes open and keep moving forward.