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Veterans Day 2017

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NOW, THEREFORE, I, DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, President of the United States of America, do hereby call upon all of our citizens to observe Thursday, November 11, 1954, as Veterans Day. On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the sea, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.… Proclamation 3071 Veterans Day, 1954 By The president of the United States of America

Who will continue your work?

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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!

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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. 

Outdoor Afro Visits Allensworth

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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.  

Smithsonian Learning Lab

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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.” 

Secret Mission with Colonel Big Horned Owl

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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.  

Put A Park Bond on the November 2016 Ballot

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Assembly Bill 2444 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) will give California voters the opportunity to approve the issuance of bonds in the amount of $2,985,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance a parks, water, climate, and coastal protection.

A Ballad for Allensworth

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Mrs. Sadie Hackett Calbert is the daughter of James and Alice Hackett, who emigrated from North Carolina to San Francisco in 1886. After many years of successful business operations in the Bay Area, the family purchased a town lot in Allensworth and built a home in 1913. Mrs. Calbert wrote this poem, which reflects her fond memories of Allensworth, when she was in her 90s.

Moved by the Allensworth Story

One day in 2002 Mary Langer Thompson and her husband visited Colonel Allensworth State Park. She was so moved by the Allensworth story that she wrote this poem.