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Trust to host Astronomy Night

Photo courtesy of Mike Oria Photography

Photo courtesy of Mike Oria Photography

The John Marsh Historic Trust will hold its first Astronomy Night at the Stone House in the Marsh Creek State Historic Park on Monday, July 29 from 8:00 to 10:30 p.m. Telescopes and star charts will be provided by our host, Jeff Adkins, director of the Antioch Earth, Space and Astronomy Center for Education (ESPACE) at Deer Valley High School. Mr. Adkins will also be an instructor at the soon-to-open Los Medanos Community College in Brentwood.

In addition to an expected meteor shower that night, Jupiter and Saturn will be up and clearly visible. Sagittarius, Scorpius, the Summer Triangle and many other bright constellations will be visible as well.
Cost is $10 per person or $25 for a family of three or more. Proceeds will go to support the Trust, which is working to build an Interpretive Center in the park, restore the 163-year-old Stone House, and open the park to the public.
Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants, as the site is a working cattle ranch with areas of tall grass. Also, there are no bathroom facilities at the site, so take care of business before you arrive. Use of flashlights will be discouraged to preserve star gazers’ night vision.
For tickets, click here.

Fourth Graders Peek at Life on Rancho Los Meganos

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

The “cattle” were patient, and never stood a chance against the vaqueros from Pioneer.