Historian Michele Zack, the award-winning author of Southern California Story and Altadena: Between Wilderness & City, is giving a talk this weekend that’s sure to be a good one: How Illness Helped to Spread the California Dream. That’s right, more than just TB was spread; without the sanitariums of the San Gabriel Valley, many of us probably wouldn’t be here today. Using Sierra Madre, Pasadena and Altadena as examples, she will show through her illustrated talk how important illness was between the Civil War and the 1920s—and why and how this legacy has been underestimated by historians.
Zack will also have her latest book, Southern California Story, available for signing and purchasing.
Huntington Westerners Talk
How Illness Helped to Spread the California Dream
Saturday, January 15, 12 noon
Beckham Grill, 77 W. Walnut St., Pasadena
Cost $21 per person, including lunch