ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER: 90TH ANNIVERSARY
EVENTS AT PIRU, CALIFORNIA AND RANCHO CAMULOS
SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018
Prayer Service, Remarks by Archeologist Ann Stansell, and Cemetery Tour
– A prayer for St. Francis Dam disaster victims who are buried in the Piru Cemetery, readings, and remarks by archaeologist Ann Stansell will begin the program. This will be followed by a tour of the cemetery led by John Avila and placement of floral remembrances at the victim’s graves led by Debi Chessani of the Piru Cemetery Association. – 11:00 AM, Piru Cemetery, 3580 Center Street, Piru.
Story Sharing by Survivors and Descendants of Victims and Survivors –
Survivors, and descendants or friends of victims and survivors from throughout the flood path are invited to join with anyone interested in preserving the history of this important event, the St. Francis Dam Disaster, to share their stories. Maria Christopher will coordinate the Story Sharing. Irma Torres will provide Spanish translation as needed. A picnic is planned. Attendees can also enjoy music, corridos, and Rancho Camulos museum tours as well as visit the special St. Francis Dam Disaster, Camulos Connections exhibit. – 1:00- 3:00 P.M.
St. Francis Dam historian, Don Ray will share his collection of victim and descendent rare audios and transcripts of interviews.
Rancho Camulos Museum, 5164 E. Telegraph Rd, Piru.
Floodpath Faces – Presentation by Archeologist Ann Stansell –
Archaeologist and historian, Ann Stansell, will present Faces of the Flood path. Her comments will focus on her master’s thesis research to accurately identify the number of victims and their burial locations as well as how the victims have been commemorated and remembered throughout the 54-mile flood zone through community memorialization and grave markers. – 3:00 PM , Ranch Camulos Museum, 5164 E. Telegraph Rd., Piru
Showing of the 1928 Delores Del Rio “Ramona” Movie – 4:30 PM,
While sad news of the St. Francis Dam collapse filled the newspapers , images of the beautiful Delores Del Rio as Ramona filled the silent screen. The silent movie screening will be hosted by film historian, Hugh Munro Neely, who was involved with the discovery and restoration of this lost film. Rancho Camulos is a National Historic Landmark, acknowledged as the setting for Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1884 novel, Ramona, and therefore is known as the “Home of Ramona”. Mr. Neely will also talk about the film viewing experience in the Santa Clara River Valley in that era. – 4:30 PM Rancho Camulos Museum, 5164 E. Telegraph Rd., Piru. Donation appreciated .
For a complete listing of activities and events throughout the March 2018 St. Francis Dam Disaster Commemoration Month , go to Saintfrancisdam.com. That website also has extensive written and audiovisual information about the st. Francis Dam and the disaster that occurred on March 12-13, 1928.