Capistrano, the Viejos, ice cream and Nixon
And that's not all that's going on in Capistrano these days. Archaeological digging has turned up the horno (oven) and the old well at the historic Blas-Aguilar Adobe, and steps are being taken to preserve them.
Over a few blocks, in the Los Rios District, (California's oldest continually-occupied neighborhood,) the Silvas Adobe (ca 1796) is also being restored. However, the old Oyarzabal House, which has been deemed hazardous, will have to be torn down and rebuilt. Ilse says it's only still standing "because the termites are holding hands. Barely."
And for the City of San Juan Capistrano's big 50th Anniversary Banquet, Ilse says dryly, "We had Governor Brown for dinner. He was delicious."
Pacific Coast Archaeological Society (PCAS), just down the hall. On the plus side, PCAS has a LOT of fascinating stuff, including a very useful library and many interesting artifacts. One non-archaeological artifact in their office is the enormous ice box shown in the photo above. It came from the old ice cream stand in Irvine Park and is one of my favorite little-known bits of history hidden away at the Old Orange County Courthouse.
Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda. After the meeting, we were given a lengthy "backstage tour" of the archives and museum, which was rather impressive. I've never had a burning desire to research Nixon's life, but collections and facilities like these make me want to think up an excuse or two.
The enormous climate-controlled room full of compact shelving, (with names like Haldeman and Kissinger on the shelves), the audio-video room, and the facility where artifacts are curated were all rather impressive and full of interesting details. We were shown strange things like a formerly top-secret State Department file describing Mao Zedong's personal tea-drinking habits.
However, in the photo below I'm sharing one of the least inspiring but most humorous things we saw. Yes, they DO have at least one of those once-ubiquitous rubber Nixon masks in their collection.