NSGW Historical Preservation Foundation
Historical Preservation Foundation Update
If there was an appropriate song for the Historical Preservation Foundation it would probably be” On the Road
Again”. The last few months have been quite hectic traveling around the beautiful state of California. Visiting
Parlors north and south. Sharing the goals and objectives of the Historical Preservation Foundation. Travels have
included Los Banos Parlor, Observatory Parlor, Sonoma Parlor, Guadalupe Parlor, Amador Parlor, Dolores-
California Parlor, Redwood Parlor, Pebble Beach Parlor and Piedmont Parlor. During some of these trips it was a
great pleasure to be able to thank the Parlor and the members for their generous support to assist the Historical
Preservation Foundation to continue to promote the aims and goals of the Native Sons of the Golden West,
Education and Preservation of the history of California.
In the coming few months look for announcements from various Historical Preservation Foundation Directors, like
Vice Chairman Robert Bruno and his development team regarding a PowerPoint Presentation to share with
potential donors, or Director/Grand Trustee Brice Walker and his creation of “Historical Preservation Foundation
Awareness Month “. Or, the Board of Directors rolling out various awards for varying levels of donations. These will
include special buttons, pins, patches and challenge coins. Be on the lookout for how you can get your own HPF
award. These are just a few of the projects that the Historical Preservation Foundation Board of Directors are
working on to improve our effectiveness at supporting the Native Sons of the Golden West. The Historical
Preservation Foundation looks forward to discussing ideas for fundraising and worthy projects to showcase what
Native Sons of the Golden West are all about. Please feel free to reach out to your local Director of the HPF, as
listed below, if you have new ideas for fundraisers, or if you have a recommendation of a corporate or individual
donor that you feel we should approach, or information about a project that you feel should be investigated and
supported that will enhance California Historical Preservation and Education. We look forward to working hard for
each and every Native Son for the coming year. We appreciate the opportunity to assist the Native Sons of the
Golden West to prosper and grow. Please look at the Historical Preservation Foundations roster and find your local
Director to discuss how the HPF can help your Parlor with a future project. We always look forward to talking, and
working with the Brothers of the Native Sons of the Golden West.
Board of Directors 2023-2024
Greater San Francisco Area Directors
Marcia Skelton Redwood66ms@yahoo.com 650-787-8779
Robert Bruno Bigbobbruno@gmail.com 650-678-7641
George Adams Gafish64@gmail.com 707-481-4295
Gary Padgett Gpadg69699@yahoo.com 707-315-2017
Doug Love Doug1066@gmail.com 707-328-6177
Dan Ryan. Dano1888@yahoo.com 510-331-3355
Brice Walker Valk_man@yahoo.com 408-623-1014
Greater Southern California Area Directors
Alfred Jones Siraj5773@gmail.com 530-693-8089
Gold Country Area Directors and Liaison to Grand Parlor
Lee Adams Hangman@jps.net 530-289-3506
Jedidiah Watson I.Haas.firstname.lastname@example.org 816-352-5410
Ethan Phillips Jhonnyreb@hotmail.com 530-713-5997
Greater Northern California Area Directors
Carl von Bargen Orovillegolf@gmail.com 530-828-2039
Richard Cortez Nsgwrichardcortez@gmail.com 707-499-7843
In June, the HPF awarded a grant to the Fiddletown Preservation Society to help with the preservation of the Fiddletown Schoolhouse. On September 25, we received the following note from Elaine Zorbas, Director of the Fiddletown Preservation Society:
On August 5, 2023, Pebble Beach Parlor hosted a calamari steak dinner as a fundraiser for the ongoing restoration of their building, a historic Methodist Church in Pescadero. Several Grand Officers and and Grand President George Adams were in attendance.
Beyond the grants to relocate the Centerville Cross in Ferndale and to the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation for interpretive signage, the HPF has also approved grants to:
The Willow Springs Schoolhouse Preservation Committee for their work on preserving the Willow Springs Schoolhouse, and
The Fiddletown Preservation Committee for their work on preserving the Fiddletown Schoolhouse.
Currently, the Board of Directors has talen the month of July off and out next meeting is scheduled for August. After that, check here for updates!
The work of the HPF continues. Grand Trustee and HPF Director Richard Cortez presented a $6000 check to Ferndale Parlor #93 to help fund the relocation of the Centerville Cross and Grand Trustee and HPF Treasurer Douglas Love presented a $5000 check to the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation for interpretive signage for the USS Mariano G. Vallejo Memorial. Pictured with Richard Cortez are the Brothers of Ferndale Parlor. Pictured with Douglas Love are Brother Mike Kollar and his wife Dorothy, Brother Mike Steinberger and his wife Geraldine, of Vallejo Parlor #77, NSGW, MIHP Foundation Directors Bruce Christensen, Lynn Anderson, Dennis Kelly, and President Kent Fortner.
June 14, 2023
Last year, the Historical Preservation Foundation helped fund a Gold Rush Exhibit at the Benicia Historical Museum. The exhibit is open and features a replica Miner's Tent, rockers, sluice boxes and artifacts from the 1840's and 1850's along with interpretive signage. The museum may be asking for further funding in the near future. Thanks to Executive Director Jen Roger, from Placerville #9, for some of the pictures and to her staff for such a fine exhibit! You can visit the museum's website at: https://beniciahistoricalmuseum.org/
Legacy Day at Donner Memorial Park
On June 10, 2023 Members of the HPF were invited to take part in "Legacy Day" at the Donner Memorial State Park. Chairman Carl von Bargen, Grand 3rd Vice President Kris Nelson, Vice-Chairman Robert Bruno, and Treasurer Douglas Love attended the event and manned the NSGW booth. We were able to see, first hand the restoration of the monument and the further plans for landscaping and beautifying the area. The Native Sons were the original owners of the park, the builders of the monument and the original concessionaire organization. We are proud of our continuing relationship with the Sierra State Parks Foundation and look forward to the final completion of the Donner project. To find out more about the Sierra State Parks Foundation, please visit:
146th Grand Parlor
During the week of May 14th through May 19th, the Foundation had a hospitality room open in South Lake Tahoe. Chairman Carl von Bargen and the Board of Directors wish to thank the volunteers who staffed the room, especially Sean and Lisa Roden, Karen von Bargen, and Bree Aichele. Finally, we wish to thank all of the donors for their generosity and support, without all of you, we could not continue to fulfill our mission of preserving California's rich history for future generations.
442nd Regimental Combat Team Dedication
While some members of the HPF were in Smartsville for Pioneer Day, others were taking part in a historic joint plaque dedication at the 442nd 1combat Infantry Team Memorial in Roseville with member of the Native Sons and the Japanese American Citizen's League.
Pioneer Day in Smartsville
Members of the HPF barbequed tri-tip on April 29 as a fundraiser for the restoration of Church of the Immaculate Conception in Smartsville during the Pioneer Day Celebration. Thank you Director Brice Walker and Grand Trustee Richard Cortez for the photos.
Join The HPF at Pioneer Day in Smartsville!!!!! April 29, 2023
We will be selling Tri-tip at this event. Come by and Say Hi and find out what great projects we are working on.
Hope to see you There!!!!!!
Event Information Found Here!!!!
Spring is here!! (Sort of...)
Pebble Beach Update
Work continues on Pebble Beach Parlor's meeting hall. The photos below are courtesy of Frank Vento.
Pebble Beach Parlor continues it's restoration of it's hall which is the historic 1890 Methodist-Episcopalian Church in Pescadero. New windows are being installed and new siding is going on to make sure the building is preserved for future generations. Photo Credit: Frank Vento, Pebble Beach Parlor #230
Benicia Historical Museum Grant
Pebble Beach Parlor Restoration
Another of our ongoing projects is the restoration of the building used as a meeting place by Pebble Beach Parlor #230 of the Native Sons of the Golden West. This historic building began life in 1890 as the Methodist-Episcopal Church in Pescadero. After the 1906 Earthquake, the building served as a school house and community center. From 1927-1941, it served as the Japanese Community Center. In 1941, the Native Sons and Native daughters purchased the building and jointly owned it until 1999. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. In 2000, the Native Sons and the Pescadero History Project began to jointly restore the hall and operate it on behalf of the community as a community center. In 2020, Pebble Beach acquired sole ownership of the building and continue to restore it and use it as a meeting place and community center.
Photo Credit: Frank Vento, Pebble Beach #230
Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Board of Directors.
Chair: Carl von Bargen
Vice-Chair: Robert Bruno
Secretary: Jedidiah Watson
Treasurer: Doug Love
Director: Alfred Jones III
Director: Dan Ryan
Director: Brice Walker
Director: Lee Adams
Director: Marcia Skelton
Liaison: Ethan Phillips