Roundup: September 13, 2017

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

Our Speaker: Robert “Roy” Ritchie
Subject: Warmer Weather in the Southwest?  Nothing New Except a Matter of Degree?

In recent years historians and archaeologists have been creating a new history of Early America, built upon what is known as the Medieval Warming Era, a major European climate phenomenon, long studied in Europe, where it had a significant impact. Only recently have these European studies been applied to  North America, now allowing scholars to reinterpret certain societies such as the Hohokam, Chaco Canyon and Cahokia, all of which played a major role in the American West and beyond. This talk is an introduction to these societies and their contributions to the history of Native Peoples.  

Roy Ritchie is best known to many of us as the recently  retired W. M. Keck Foundation Director of Research at the Huntington Library, etc., a position he held for 19 years (1992-2011). A native of Scotland, he and his family moved continually westward, finally reaching California. After receiving his A. B. from Occidental College and his Ph.D (History) from UCLA, Roy has specialized in Early American history, especially the 17th century. Prior to the Huntington he was in the History Department at UCSD, advancing to Professor, as well as Associate Chancellor.

Factoid:  Why are scientists counting rings in dead trees under water at the periphery of Mono Lake??


Late-Breaking News and Crystal Ball Gazing/Upcoming Speakers

News too hot to wait until the next Roundup?  Send to your Deputy Sheriff, Steve Kanter,

The speaker roster through next March, 2018 has been locked in and can be viewed on below. Stay tuned.


11/8/17 –Philip Nathanson -A Family’s Western Odyssey

12/13/17 –Peter Blodgett –National Parks Out West


Our ANNUAL RENDEDZVOUS will take place in the Mayordomo’s Garden (and environs) at Mission San Fernando from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017. “Come join us where early California history is still alive and well”. See the flyers and printed invitations. Tours, Auction, Presentations, FOOD! (by The Bear Pit)

Sign up NOW; payment ($50 per person) by PayPal or check. Formal invitations in September.

Department of Recurrent Reminders


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 AS EARLY AS YOU CAN, but 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 Jim at or (626) 446-6411, with late reservations or questions. You can also get information from Mr. John & Mrs. Ann Shea, Registrars, Marks & Brands, via Email: or or by telephone (562) 408-6959.

PayPal Makes it Easy!

Now you can put your money where your mouse is, and make your dinner selection and pay for it over the Internet.   Just log onto our website and go to the Member’s Only tab.   Click on the pay option, and follow the instructions. The two-step process is easy once you get used to it. Mr. Joseph “Old Joe” Cavallo (626-372-5126) will gladly help you navigate on your initial PayPal voyage.   

Rendezvous 2017

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