Hear one of the most prominent voices of local history discuss the first contact between
the natives of the Coastside and the earliest land explorers from the European continent.
This is the story of the Portolá Expedition – nearly 250 years ago. Spain sent this expedition
on a path that passed within a few hundred feet of what are now the homes and businesses
of the Coastside. This became a pivotal moment in California history.
PlacePortuguese Cultural Center,724 Kelly Ave, HMB
Date:Tues., March 6
Time:5:30 p.m.doors open – finger snacks and refreshments
Public welcome – No charge
Meeting begins:Business 6 p.m., Program about 6:20 p.m.
HMB History Association presents . . .a program on March 6 focused on the
Portola Expedition of 1769.
Authorized by Spain to confirm its claim to the coast, Portola’s group of soldiers, friars and
servants were the first Europeans to visit Californiaand meet the Ohlone people, among
others.The three diarists on the expedition, Crespi, Costanzo, and Portola himself,
described what they saw each day, providing an extraordinary glimpse of what life
was like at that time.
After camping at the mouths of Purisima and Pilarcitos Creeks and in Moss Beach, Portola
climbed Montara Mountain and soon “discovered” San Francisco Bay. The story of the
Portolá Expedition tells us a great deal about early California history.
Our speaker, Mitchell P. Postel, is President of the San Mateo County Historical Association
and has served as its Director since 1984.He says that “In many ways California History
pivots with this episode, “adding that “in 2019, we will be observing the 250th
anniversary of the event, with special exhibits and educational programs.”
He is an important part of the leadership of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors’
efforts to create the Ohlone Portola Heritage Trail. That trail project will be tracing Portola’s
route as closely as possible and linking the highlands to the coast.
Please join us for another fun and interesting history program. Bring friends and
meet new friends!
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