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Local History Series on Feb. 16th

Post Date:01/31/2019 5:12 PM

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January 31, 2019


Local History Series “Heart of the Valley” on February 16th



The City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to offer a free local history series, “Heart of the Valley” on the third Saturday of each month. The next series will be held in the Library’s Shepard Hall on Saturday, February 16th at 10:15 a.m. Thanks to a partnership with local historian Shirley Contreras, the monthly series will feature an expert speaker talking about various aspects of Santa Maria Valley History.


The guest speaker for February is Margaret Nakamura Cooper, who will be speaking about her time in two different Japanese Internment camps, one in Southern California and one in Wyoming. Ms. Cooper’s talk will describe what it was like to live in these camps when she was just 12 years old. Her talk will feature a 15-minute documentary about Camp Heart Mountain, Wyoming.


The series is designed to educate and delight the public with interesting facts from the past that have shaped Santa Maria and other local areas in the valley. Suggestions for possible speakers are welcomed and encouraged.


The Library’s hours are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Library is closed on Sunday. The Library is located at 421 South McClelland Street.


Seating is limited and is offered on a first come, first served basis.


Questions may be directed to the Library’s Information desk, (805) 925-0994 extension 8562.




Department:                              Public Library

Contact Person:                        Gillian Speicher, Librarian I

Telephone Number:                 (805) 925-0994 extension 2828

E-mail Address:              


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