Author: Friends of Allensworth

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Who will continue your work?


The old man sat in the corner of the one-room schoolhouse watching the ebb and flow of people coming through the front door. His dress was reminiscent of the legendary Buffalo soldiers—blue wool shirt with lighter-colored pants and a yellow scarf tied loosely around his neck. The sun, on its westward journey, sent a shaft of light along the side of his face.

ReserveCalifornia™ goes live!


On August 1st, ReserveCalifornia™, the California State parks new, faster, easier reservation system went live. Between now and March 2018 they will phase in the ability to view the real-time reservation inventory, website trip planning and expanded payment options that includes state-of-the-art computerized point-of-sale and fee collection equipment that will allow debit and credit card payments at more locations.

Dream Of Freedom Lives On

KPIX 5 News reporter Christin Ayers’ visit to Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. You can read the transcript of Christin Ayers’ visit on the CBS SF Bay Area website. 

6th Annual Allensworth Summer Family Day


The 6th annual Allensworth Summer Family Day is Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 4 – 8pm at the Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. This annual, event is a chance for the Allensworth community to enjoy a day filled with food, music, entertainment, water slides, and raffle prizes.

Outdoor Afro Visits Allensworth


Several Outdoor Afros and I toured the “Historical Allensworth State Park” on a spiritual journey in going back in time to capture the success and anguish of the Allensworth Black Town Colony. We cried and cheered at so many elements as Black people on this historical moment, that each and every one of us was changed and inspired by Allensworth’s vision.  

Celebrate Juneteenth


The Friends of Allensworth Interpretive Association and the California Department of Parks and Recreation invite you to celebrate Juneteenth at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. Come tour the historic homes and businesses, shop in the vendor area, and enjoy live entertainment on the stage; gospel choir, youth praise dancers, and spoken word artist.   

Smithsonian Learning Lab


The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a repository of authentic digital resources; more than a million images, recordings, and texts; that support deep, meaningful learning. Learning that “enables critical thinking, flexible problem-solving, and transfer of skills and use of knowledge in new situations.” 

Historical Setting + Live Entertainment = Great Getaway


We invite you to bring the family to share in a day of living history, live entertainment and games. Come experience a 100+ years of African American history in the heart of California’s Central Valley. Talk to our docents as you visit the historic homes and businesses, and learn about the families that started this historic town.

Park Champions April 1st Work Day


At 9 o’clock on Saturday morning a group of Park Champions met at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. Lead by Park Champions Core Leader Stephen Van Lydegraf, they and AmeriCorps Team Silver 1 picked up their drop cloths, ladders, paint, brushes and rollers, and began painting the exterior of the Johnson Bakery. During Allensworth’s heyday, bakery owner, Mattie Johnson not only sold bread and other baked goods to the Allensworth residents, she also sold bread to the surrounding communities.

Secret Mission with Colonel Big Horned Owl


Download the Discovery Agents app and let Colonel Big Horned Owl, dressed in his Union blue uniform with the infantry crossed rifles on the cap, take you on a secret mission for the Ministry of Culture. As you explore Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, the Colonel will help you solve challenges at stops along the journey. Discovery Agents is a new, exciting and entertaining way to learn about Allensworth and the families that lived there.