March 2, 2019 - Virginia Elwood-Akers
Author of Caroline Severance
May 4, 2019 - Professor Terence Young
Heading Out - To Walk in the Woods
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the San Gabriel Mountains were delightful for picnicking, camping or hiking, but when Angeles Crest Highway began to push through them in the 1930s, this idyllic natural setting was threatened. Two champions arose to defend their local mountains. Although they did not derail the highway, their campaign produced the Pacific Crest Trail. Dr. Terence Young, professor emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona and author of Heading Out: A History of American Camping, recounted how Clinton Clarke of Pasadena and Alhambra’s Warren Rogers fought for years to protect America’s Pacific Slope from unwanted development.