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Local History Speaker

Post Date:11/07/2019 12:47 PM

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November 7, 2019


Local History Series, “Heart of the Valley” on November 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 guest speaker for November is Joe Dana, who will be speaking on “The Life of California Pioneer William Goodwin Dana.”


His talk will be held in the Library’s Shepard Hall on Saturday, November 16th at 10:15 a.m. He will focus on Captain Dana’s unique life journey from growing up in Massachusetts, to sailing the Pacific as a sea trader to settling on the Central Coast.


Thanks to a partnership with local historian Shirley Contreras, the monthly series features an expert speaker talking about various aspects of Santa Maria Valley History. 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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