The John Marsh Historic Trust welcomed 4th-graders from Pioneer Elementary in Brentwood to the Marsh Creek State Historic Park this week for some hands-on history about life on Rancho Los Meganos in the mid-1800s. The field trips will continue through next week. Thanks to everyone who has supported the Trust –especially State Parks– so we can deliver programming like this! If you’d like to help, please click the “Donate” button above!
Karen Rarey and Susan Peyton give instructions at the leather tooling station, where students stamped their own leather fobs to take home.
Cynthia DeMaggio taught kids about various illnesses locals dealt with in the 1850s, and the remedies that were common (though not always obtainable) to people like Dr. John Marsh.
Debra Schwab and Randy Harmon helped kids make rope the old fashioned way, by hand.
Barry Margesson helps out a young vaquero he was teaching to throw a lasso after he ended up roping himself. It’s harder than it looks!
The visit ended the way a hard day’s work often did — with a fiesta that included music and dancing.
A bevy of new “land grant” owners pose in front of John Marsh’s 163-year-old Stone House.
Charlene Margesson assisted by Jeremy Tovar taught kids about how “California dollars” (cow hides) were used in trade to get things that could not be obtained otherwise or made on the rancho.
The “cattle” were patient, and never stood a chance against the vaqueros from Pioneer.