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The novel "Ramona", a love story of old California, was written by Helen Hunt Jackson in 1884. Immensely popular, the novel set into motion a romanticized view of the Spanish-era in California, along with a tourist boom built on the mythical characters in the book. It has been surmised that our own local "Sister Elsie" stories were created solely to capitalize on the popularity of Ramona with eastern visitors.
Our presenter, Dydia DeLyser, wrote the book "Ramona Memories: Tourism and the Shaping of Southern California", and has studied the Ramona myth and its effect on the development of California. Ms. DeLyser is currently an Assistant Professor at Cal State Fullerton.
Regular meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 7:00 PM at the the Center for Spiritual Living, formerly known as the La Crescenta Church of Religious Science located at the intersection of Dunsmore and Santa Carlotta.