Roundup: September 14, 2016

Almansor Court – 700 S. Almansor, Alhambra, CA.
Social Hour: 5:00 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM

Our Speaker: Phil Brigandi
His Subject: A Five-Foot Shelf of Westerners: Prominent Historians of the Los Angeles Corral

Prominent Historians of the Los Angeles Corral: Since its founding in 1946, the Los Angeles Corral of Westerners International has counted many of Southern California’s most prominent historians amongst its members. From Robert Glass Cleland and W.W. Robinson to Doyce Nunis and Francis Weber, scores of well-known authors, archaeologists, archivists, and academics have all been a part of our corral. For our September meeting, Phil Brigandi will discuss some of the men and women who are part of the rich history of our corral, their work, and their writings. “You probably already have some of their books on your shelf,” he says, “but if not, you had better get busy!”  The title of his talk refers to how wide just a small sampling of books from our illustrious roster of authors might be in a room-width bookcase.  And some of the titles incorporated by such a “five-foot shelf” would be works by prominent present members of our corral, Phil himself included.

Phil Brigandi has been researching and writing local history for more than 40 years, specializing in the history of Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties. He is the author of more than two dozen books and hundreds of articles, including histories of Orange, Temecula, and Borrego Springs. He is the former historian for the Ramona Pageant and former archivist for the County of Orange. He has been a member of The Westerners since 2001, and served as our Branding Iron editor from 2008 to 2010.  His most recent publications include scholarly works on Helen Hunt Jackson.  Phil is presently co-writing a history of Indian Agents in Southern California with Valerie Sherer Mathes.

Brian Dervin Dillon, Ph.D.
Deputy Sheriff

Forthcoming Los Angeles Corral Presentations!

Oct. 22, 2016:      Elizabeth Pomeroy
Glen Dawson, His Bookstore and Press (At our Bang-Up 70th Anniversary!)

Nov. 9, 2016:          Matthew A. Boxt
The U.S. Naval Presence in Baja California, 1846-1909

Dec. 14, 2016:       Alan & Claudia Heller
Curiosities of the California Desert: Historic, Offbeat, and Forgotten Attractions 

Jan. 11, 2017:        Brian Dervin Dillon
California and the Mexican Revolution

Dinner Reservations:  Dinner reservations cost $35.00 each.  Please choose your entrée (beef, chicken, fish, or vegetarian) and make out your check to “Westerners, Los Angeles Corral,” or submit your payment by PayPal no later than one week before the roundup date.  Walk-ins can be served, but entrée choices will be limited to what is on hand: the “late price” is $40.00.  Mail your check to:  Mr. James Macklin, Keeper of the Chips, 1221 Greenfield Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006-4148 (Contact him at or (626) 446-6411). Late reservations or questions may also be addressed to Mr. James Shuttleworth, Registrar, Marks & Brands, via Email:, or by telephone (909) 595-6655.

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Que les vayan bién, compadres. . .arriba y adelante. . .y hasta pronto!