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County Parks History Presentation + Book Signing


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Join us from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 at the Del Branch of the San Diego County Library for a special presentation and meet-and-great with Jennifer Grahlman, co-author of our latest book – San Diego County Parks: Over 100 Years.

When people hear “San Diego County Parks” they probably think of playgrounds and picnic tables, but that ignores the colorful cultural and historic side of the many resources that are managed by the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).

There are Mexican-era ranchos, a stage station from the days when the best way to cross the desert into California was by stagecoach, Victorian mansions, a boathouse from 1887, multiple properties on the National Register of Historic Places, Depression-era construction projects, and remnants of an early grist mill – to name just a few. The history of these sites is rich, fascinating and well-researched – and the best place to learn more is in the recently published book, San Diego County Parks: Over 100 Years.

What to expect:

Jennifer will cover a number of topics in her presentation. In addition to sharing interesting stories about captivating people and places, she’ll explain a little about her research and editorial processes, her inspiration for the book, and how it can help make sense of broader local, national, and even world history.

After the presentation will be a Q&A session and book sales and signings. There is no cost to attend, and all ages are welcome.

About the author:

Jennifer Grahlman has been a research archivist for the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation History Office since 2013. Jennifer majored in history and minored in education at the University of California at San Diego. Despite loving history since she researched the fictitious nineteenth-century immigrant past of her American Girl doll, it was never her intention to study it in college. However, when a required general-education sequence in U.S. history revealed to her that she enjoyed doing the assigned reading, she figured she’d stick with it. Jennifer’s work has since been highlighted by the Congress of History of San Diego and Imperial Counties and San Diego History Seeker, and she’s given talks to County Supervisors Ron Roberts and Greg Cox. When FDR’s daughter-in-law spoke at a park dedication ceremony, Jennifer wrote the talking points.