Please join us for our next special meeting on August 27, 2016 from 3 to 5 pm where our presenter Alan Kemp will talk on "Dangerous Exploration to Alta California in the 1700's". This presentation focuses on the maritime experience of Spanish sailors during the Spanish Colonial period. The speaker, will give us an overview of the importance of Spanish ships: how they changed the course of history by providing a lifeline to Spanish explorers and others in California. This reliance on a seaborne connection with the Spanish Empire also had profound impact on social, political, diplomatic and economic development. He will share his research of what life was like for the captains, for the sailors, and how team work was essential to staying alive. He will explain why the California coast was one of the most dangerous routes even for veteran crews. His topic will educate and encourage us to learn more about this fascinating segment of early California history.Please join us at the El Sereno Library, Community Room, 5226 Huntington Dr. Blvd, Los Angeles, CA (Directions to the El Sereno Library—323-225-9201).