Anza Trail Blog

A Beautiful Arrival Ceremony at the Presidio of San Francisco, June 25, 2016

by Martha Vallejo McGettigan, Descendant, 2nd Anza Expedition; Chair, Spanish Task Force, Presidio Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Tagged as:   California , Culture , Hispanic heritage , Mexico , San Francisco County , Volunteers , history , living history , women , youth

Descendants' flagpole ceremony at Pershing Square

Every year descendants of the original families of the second Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition, through their group Los Californianos, return to the Presidio of San Francisco in June to recognize the amazing journey of their ancestors and to celebrate the founding of that site with a special commemoration and luncheon, this year chaired by Sheila Ruiz Harrell. This event is preceded a day by an afternoon of living history, displays, activities and participation for children and adults called Pasados del Presidio. Then an evening campfire and re-enactment… Read more »

Tucson Sees 100 Classroom Presentations for the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service

by Debbie Gevirtzman, Environmental Education Exchange

Tagged as:   Arizona , Pima County , living history , youth

Jordan Wiley-Hill presents to Tucson schoolchildren

This school year, more than 2,500 fourth graders across Tucson and southern Arizona connected with the 100th birthday of the National Park Service through 100 classroom presentations about the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.  “This was one of the most exciting presentations we have had,” one teacher wrote. “The presenter held the students' attention the entire time.” Due to the program’s success and interest among teachers the classroom visits will be available again in the fall. Evaluations for the entire Exploring the Anza Trail program were… Read more »

Learning about the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

by Denise Louie, National Park Service Pacific West Regional Office Natural Resources Assistant Team Lead

Tagged as:   Alameda County , Historic Sites , Santa Clara County

Staff from the National Park Service Pacific West Region HQ left their skyscraper office and took a learning tour of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail through the San Francisco Bay Area on April 25, 2016.Anza Trail rangers organized the day as an employee development opportunity in honor of the National Park Service Centennial. The 1,200-mile Anza Trail connects history, culture, and outdoor recreation from Nogales, Arizona, to the San Francisco Bay Area. While the National Historic Trail’s story commemorates the Spanish colonization of California in 1776, the park also seeks the… Read more »

Los Angeles Event Helps Anza Trail Reach its Centennial Goals

Tagged as:   California , Los Angeles County , Recreation Trail , youth

Junior Rangers at the LA River Trail Certification, Oct. 15, 2015

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti certified 30 miles of the Los Angeles River Greenway as an official component of the Anza Trail while simultaneously swearing in 500 new Anza Trail Junior Rangers at a major event last fall. The October gathering in Los Angeles' Sepulveda Basin helped the Anza Trail take a giant leap forward in reaching its goals for the National Park Service Centennial. Mayor Garcetti was joined by Anza Trail staff and volunteers, Read more »

Anza Trail Volunteer Sandra Candanosa of Concord Honored with National Park Service Volunteer Award

by Hale Sargent, Anza Trail Interpretive Specialist

Tagged as:   Hispanic heritage , Volunteers

Sandra Candanosa and Hale Sargent at Award Ceremony April 23, 2016

Sandra Candanosa of Concord, California, has been named the regional recipient of the National Park Service George and Helen Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Sandra received the award in Martinez, California, on Saturday, April 23, during the John Muir Birthday-Earth Day Celebration at the John Muir National Historic Site. Tom Leatherman, park superintendent, and AnaMarie Avila Farias, vice-mayor of the city of Martinez, presented the award on the event stage. The Hartzog Award honors National Park Service volunteers who give of their skills, talents, and time beyond the normal call of duty.… Read more »

Book Review -- The Forgotten Governor: Fernando de Rivera and the Opening of Alta California

by Rita Vega-Acevedo

Tagged as:   history

The Forgotten Governor

Should Fernando de Rivera be inducted into the major league cast of 18th century Spanish power brokers alongside Galvez, Portola, Anza and Father Serra? This combination of civilian, military, and religious leaders shaped early Alta California when it was a rugged and dangerous frontier. Failure was not an option for them. In his book, The Forgotten Governor: Fernando de Rivera and the Opening of Alta California (Langdon Street Press), author John Wills makes a case to include Rivera among the illustrious group. Fernardo de Rivera (1724-1781) was a Spanish… Read more »

Photographer Finishes 1,200-Mile Hike of the Entire Anza Trail

by Bart Smith

Tagged as:   Recreation Trail , hiking

Reaching the finish line

Photographer and author Bart Smith completed a hike of the entire 1,200-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail on Friday, April 29, 2016. Staff from the Anza Trail and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy greeted him at the Golden Gate Bridge 68 days after he set off from Nogales, Arizona. Here is Bart's reflection as he neared the finish line: I am a 56-year old photographer who is attempting to walk and photograph America's National Trails System in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the… Read more »

Oakland College Students Build Anza Trail "Parklet" on Campus

by Hale Sargent, Anza Trail Interpretive Specialist

Tagged as:   Alameda County , California , urban , youth

NPS / Itzel Diaz

Laney College architecture students helped Oakland, California, join the National Park Service Centennial celebration by unveiling a "national parklet" on campus.   Laura Joss, National Park Service Pacific West Regional Director, and Dr. Patricia Stanley, Laney College Interim President, joined the students for their parklet ribbon-cutting on April 18, 2016.   The parklet began as a classroom project in 2015. Staff from the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trailchallenged the students to create an exhibit roughly the size of a parking space.    The students' task was to evoke… Read more »

New Study: Gauging Hispanic Interests in Hispanic Heritage Resources

by Magda E. Mankel, PhD Student in Anthropology, University of Maryland, College Park

Tagged as:   Arizona , Culture , Hispanic heritage , Pima County , Tumacácori , history

Report Author Madga Mankel

Between June and August 2015 I had the pleasure of interning for the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (Anza Trail) thanks to the National Park Service’s Cultural Resource Diversity Internship Program. Briefly speaking, my internship involved conducting focus group discussions with Hispanic individuals living in Tucson, Arizona. The objective of this project was to understand how participants understood and used the portions of the Anza Trail located in and near the City of Tucson. Once I completed the focus group discussions, I worked the insights that… Read more »

Connections between Alamos, Sonora, Juan Bautista de Anza, and the Settling of California

by Joan Powell, Alamos History Association

Tagged as:   Anza Society , Mexico , history

Alamos, Sonora, Mexico

Note: This article is adapted from a presentation at the Anza Society Conference in Alamos, Sonora, MEX, in March 2016. By the time Juan Bautista de Anza prepared for his 1775 expedition to found San Francisco, Alamos was the major center of mining in southern Sonora, the area from which many of the Anza Expedition families would come. Silver was discovered in 1683 at Promontorios, near what is today the municipio of Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. By the mid-18th century, Real de los Alamos, as it was then called,… Read more »

Hike Report: Ed Levin County Park

by Daniel Sanchez, Anza Trail Park Guide

Tagged as:   Recreation Trail , Santa Clara County , hiking

The Anza Trail is partnering with Santa Clara County Parks to offer a series of hikes in celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial. The first of several hikes took place on November 7th, 2015 at Ed Levin County Park in Milpitas California. Many thanks to our Trails on Rails Docent Walt Fant who assisted me as a sweeper on our the hike.    Near the end of our hike we saw a Crotalus oreganus oreganus). Ed Levin County Park is a great destination for all things recreation.… Read more »

Hike Report: Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

by Daniel Sanchez, Park Guide

Tagged as:   Recreation Trail , Santa Clara County , hiking

Recently opened to the public the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve provides people with great opportunity to hike, bike or ride horseback on a well developed trail with extensive views of one the Santa Clara Valley’s lesser developed areas. Park amenities include a new restrooms, parking, equestrian staging area, picnic areas and a great 4 mile trail loop with scenic overlooks. The trail is well shaded and there is about a 450 foot elevation gain over the course of about 2 miles.   Open Space Authority Docent Les… Read more »

Public Lands Day on the Anza Trail

by Gabriel Maddox Lopez, Park Ranger, Tumacácori National Historical Park

Tagged as:   Arizona , Recreation Trail , Santa Cruz County , Tumacácori , Volunteers , hiking

At Work

On September 26, 2015 Ranger Gabriel lead a group on a Anza Trail clean up at Tumacácori National Historical Park for Public Lands Day. Check out the photos of the group and visit the trail! Happy Hiking!   A big shoutout to members of the Rio Rico High School Interact Club, Isabel of the Green Valley Brownie Troop, and Joy from Tucson for their help on National Public Lands Day! The crew enjoyed a 3-mile hike on the park's stretch of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and collected… Read more »

Los Angeles Turns 234 Years Young

by Anthony Bevilacqua, Park Ranger, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Tagged as:   California , Historic Sites , Los Angeles County , history , urban

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Where the Anza Trail Meets Silicon Valley: The View from Coyote Valley Open Space

by Hale Sargent, Anza Trail Interpretive Specialist

Tagged as:   California , Santa Clara County

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

On June 27, 2015, as Anza Expedition descendants commemorated their ancestors’ arrival at the Presidio of San Francisco, a new public land preserve opened 75 miles away that provides a sweeping vista of the route those colonists traveled. The Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, a 348-acre parcel near Morgan Hill, Calif., is now open for hiking, cycling, equestrianism, and connecting to the Bay Area’s cultural history. The preserve provides an elevated vantage point to see the valley traversed by the Anza Expedition as it brought the first non-Native… Read more »

The Dirt on Adobe

by Hale Sargent, Anza Trail Interpretive Specialist

Tagged as:   history , youth

Hands in the Mud

If you work with Spanish colonial history, you've probably felt obligated at some point to conduct an adobe brick making demonstration. And why not? Adobe is literally a building block of Southwest history, and making it gives kids permission to get their hands dirty. But I've often felt that adobe activities are more fun and messy than they are meaningful. So at this year’s heritage event at the Presidio of San Francisco, we made two easy adjustments to the activity. Our goal was to bake a little more thought… Read more »

They Must Have Been Pretty Tough...

by Noble Henderson

Tagged as:   San Francisco County , history , youth

Amigos de Anza Drill Team at 2015 Pasados del Presidio

Bay Area native Noble Henderson is researching the Anza Trail in order to earn a Boy Scouts National Historic Trails Award. He sent us this reflection from the Los Californianos ceremony at the Presidio of San Francisco, June 27, 2015: I had a really great time at San Francisco’s “Birthday” Celebration at the Presidio, celebrating 239 years since the de Anza expedition arrived in San Francisco. I learned a lot about the history of the Presidio that I never knew. For example, I learned that three countries have… Read more »

Anza Trail Volunteer Phil Valdez Receives Department of Interior Award

by Hale Sargent

Tagged as:   Volunteers

Phil Valdez Jr Receives the Citizen's Award for Exceptional Service

Phil Valdez, Jr., long-time volunteer historian for the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, received the Department of Interior Citizen's Award for Exceptional Service in San Francisco on July 15. Associate Regional Director Stephanie Burkhart and Anza Trail Superintendent Naomi Torres presented Valdez with the award in a surprise ceremony during one of his regular visits to the Pacific West Regional Office. The Citizen's Award for Exceptional Service is a departmental honor that recognizes outstanding performance by a private citizen, organizational partner, or volunteer. Valdez's award recognizes his… Read more »

Anza Trail Color Guard Claims a Top Prize

by Dennis Carlos, Soldados y Californios de SoCal

Tagged as:   San Diego County , Volunteers , living history , youth

Anza Trail friends take a top honor at the 2015 Old Fort MacArthur Days

Anza Trail partners the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum and Soldados y Californios de SoCal received a top honor for their Spanish colonial display at Old Fort MacArthur Days, July 11-12.  Calling themselves the Anza Trail Color Guard, Calif. Division, the contingent took the Lou Lopez Award for Best Overall Presentation and Educational Display. Representatives from the Anza Trail Color Guard in Arizona traveled to help bring their California peers' display to life. Read more »

Study Seeks Input from Tucson's Hispanic Community on the Anza Trail

by Magda Mankel

Tagged as:   Arizona , Pima County , Volunteers

Participate in a Discussion / Participe en una Discusión: Monday, July 13, 2015 5:00 - 7:00 Woods Memorial Library 3455 N. First Ave. Tucson, Az.     Thursdya, July 16, 2015 11:00 - 1:00 Santa Rosa Library 1075 S. 10th Ave. Tucson, Az.   *** I am a graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park who is currently interning with the National Park Service (NPS) and the Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail (Anza Trai). This summer, I am conducting a research project that seeks to… Read more »

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