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Saturday, September 21, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
636 Ward Street, Martinez
Enjoy hearing author and educator Dan Hanel, who brings an illustrated talk about his book In the Shadow of Diablo: Ghosts of the Black Diamond Mines to our next Author in the Archives presentation.
In the third novel of his In the Shadow of Diablo series, Dan continues the adventures of local teachers as they investigate mysteries connected to specific venues in Contra Costa County, this time with the historic Black Diamond Mines as the locale. His two prior novels, Death at the Healing Waters (set in the Byron Hot Springs area) and Mystery of the Great Stone House (with the John Marsh murder as background) have been very well received. There will be a Q&A session after his talk during which questions about any of the novels can be posed, and a book signing as well.
About the author:
Dan Hanel has been an educator for over 30 years. He is an award winning science teacher who received the Eukel Teacher Trust award for outstanding teachers of Contra Costa County, and he was named Distinguished High School Science Teacher for the State of California. He has been an award winning school administrator serving as a high school Assistant Principal, as a Curriculum Coordinator for K-12 Math and Science, and as Principal of Student Programs for the Contra Costa County Office of Education. He grew up in Richmond, CA and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Biology. He received a Master’s degree in Education from Cal State University, Hayward.
Admission and parking are free. Theater bar open before the talk.
A book signing follows immediately.
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Tours of the County archives will be available before and after the presentation.
A $10 donation is suggested at the door. All proceeds benefit the preservation work of the Contra Costa County archives.
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Looking for a gift for that hard-to-buy for history buff? The History Center offers a wide variety of books, photographs and services that they will just love. A membership in the Contra Costa County Historical Society makes a great gift too. For details on Society membership, whether for yourself or as a gift, please click here.
While cleaning up the map room recently, we came across a number of duplicate copies of our topographical county maps, along with a few that were from outside the county. We are making them available for sale, but please note that the quantities are quite limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. For information on what maps available, please click on this link.
CCCHS Past President and Curator of the San Ramon Valley Museum Beverly Lane has extended the great photos and research from our wildly successful exhibit on Electric Trains in Contra Costa County in 2012 into a booklet that the Society is proud to make available to the public. Click here to get more information on the booklet and how to purchase your own copy.
Click here to see a list of the Society's charter members.
You can also see a list of the Society's presidents from 1951 to the present by clicking here.
|Officer||Name||Home Town||Term Expires|
|1st Vice President||Tara Weber||Martinez||12/31/2021|
|2nd Vice President||Beverly Lane||Danville||12/31/2019|
|Treasurer||Steve James||El Sobrante||12/31/2020|
|Director||Donald Bastin||El Sobrante||12/31/2019|
|Director||Scott Saftler||Walnut Creek||12/31/2020|
|Director Emeritus||Betty Maffei||Walnut Creek||---|
|Executive Director||Priscilla Couden||Walnut Creek||---|
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