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August 1, 2012 (El Cajon)--As El Cajon celebrates 100 years as a City, some may wonder how the City came to be, who were the early settlers, and what life was like 100 years ago? 

As part of the Centennial Celebration, the City, the downtown El Cajon Library and the El Cajon Historical Society will present an exciting series of historical speakers. “Journey to our Historical Past,” will feature a variety of historians sharing their stories on the first and third Thursday of the month beginning August 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at El Cajon library, 201 East Douglas Avenue. The schedule is as follows:

August 2 - Eldonna Lay, Knox House Museum Curator, with “The Exciting Homestead Act of 1862 and the Effects of the Industrial Revolution on Post-Civil War Settlement of El Cajon”

August 16 - Carroll Rice, Historical Writer, and Carol Clark Cunningham, Resident, speaking about “The Lively Arts in El Cajon” and “The Arrival of the Clark Family in 1911”

September 6 - Jim Daniels, Olaf Wieghorst Western Heritage Museum, Tom Hiatt, Cowboy Balladeer, with “The Life of Olaf Wieghorst and his Impact on El Cajon,” and Musical Entertainment

September 20 - G. Gage Skinner, Cultural Anthropologist, with “Grizzly Bear Tales and Beaver Hats; Daring Mountain Men and Their Wanderings to Rural San Diego & East County”

October 4 - Jeanette Alessio-Way, “The History Lady” with “The Life of a Kumeyaay Woman – Then and Now”                       

October 18 - Bruce Semelsberger, Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, with “To El Cajon and Beyond – The History of the San Diego and Cuyamaca Eastern Railway”

November 1 -  Lynn Caruso, Teacher, with “A Child’s Eye-View” of El Cajon

For more information on the lecture series please call (619) 588-3708.  For information on the City of El Cajon Centennial, please visit www.elcajon100.com, or call (619) 441-5549.


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