If you were here at the park in the 40s, 50s, 60s, or 70s, we’d love to hear your stories and see precious photos from the olden days. Our newly formed History Group has been busy interviewing people with long-standing connections to the park and documenting the park’s rich past.
We can’t wait to share the results of our research, be-cause we’ll be making it available via seminars, the park library, and perhaps a video.
Just recently, we interviewed retired state park employees Wayne and Wendy Harrison who lived and worked at Calaveras Big Trees State Park for 30 years. From Wayne, we heard new stories about prescribed burns in the park, and Wendy shared her experiences with the many intriguing people who served as park docents, interns, and teachers. Wayne and Wendy met and married while working at the park and celebrated their wed-ding at their favorite spot in the park—Beaver Creek. Years later, when they were expecting their daughter Katie, park docents gathered again to throw a fabulous baby shower. It was clear how much the docents loved and admired Wendy – and vice versa.
Please contact Joan Allday if you – or someone you know – would like to share experiences from years gone by: 209-890-3062 or Daffodils9@comcast.net.