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CCHS 2009 Annual
June 25-28, 2009, Martinez, CA.
Meetings will be held in several
locations. To preclude your
becoming hopelessly lost, PDQ
Printing has created just for us
a series of maps with foolproof
directions for moving about
town. With these in hand all you
have to do is aim your car out
the John Muir Inn exit and read
your way to your destination.
This marvelous document will be
in your registration packet.
Martinez is frequently hot in
June. Sometimes it is very hot.
Pack a hat.
John built a cool pool at his
Inn which he loves to share with
The Museum of San Ramon Valley
is located in nearby Danville.
Your trusty PDQ map will get you
there safely. Allow at least 30
minutes to drive to Danville,
park and board the bus. Be sure
to make time to visit the
Museum. It is one of the most
outstanding regional museums in
the Bay Area.
Henry J. Kaiser insisted on
building ships near water so his
shipyards jut way out into
Richmond harbor where it is
usually blowing a gale. Bring a
Wear flats to navigate the decks
and narrow stairways on the SS
Red Oak Victory. If you wear
heels and fall on your fanny,
you might not make it to dinner
on Friday night and will never
learn who invented the martini.
Donít wear flip-flops either.
Think about itóhave you ever
seen a sailor wearing
Boarding the ship and getting to
our luncheon spot will be no
problem. However, some of you
may not be able to navigate
narrow, steep stairways so might
have to forego touring the ship.
Docents will help you decide who
can do what.
There will be a special dining
area on the dock near the ship
for those who use walkers,
wheelchairs and other mechanical
gismos that donít care to climb
the gangway. Mary Lou Lyon will
act as host of this select
While visiting the Rosie the
Riveter Memorial be sure to look
across to San Francisco Bay. The
view is breathtaking.
Allow about 10 minutes to drive
to the Shell Clubhouse. It is a
white building set at an angle
on the lot, located behind a
cyclone fence with a huge
parking lot in front.
This is a wall-to-wall learning
day beginning at 7:30 with the
genealogy breakfast and
continuing all day with 3
outstanding workshops by
experts, all providing practical
information and relevant
handouts to take home and share
with fellow historians.
Our customary ticket sales and
drawings on Friday and Saturday
night must be confined this year
to Friday night only. It is not
feasible on Saturday because we
will be in a theatre. The
obvious solution is to buy more
tickets on Friday night, right?
Those who stay over today can
learn about John Muir in
Martinez and the little-known
Port Chicago tragedy. Be sure to
visit the Martinez Museum and
other local historic spots
described in brochures in your
packet. Inquire at the Museum
about guided walking tours of
more information, call or email
Andrea Blachman, 925 372-7146.