California's Gold Season 19
S19 E01Feb 26, 2008
Ansel Adams Feb 26, 2008 Many people are familiar with Ansel Adams famous landscape photographs of Yosemite, but there is a whole other body of work that is rarely discussed. Huell visits the Los Angeles Public Library to see the “forgotten Los Angeles photographs” taken by Ansel in 1940 for a Fortune Magazine article on pre-war L.A. These photographs were later donated to the library by Ansel and are now in their collection. Huell is joined by Jonathan Spaulding, the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of the American West and Autry National Center, and author of “Ansel Adams and the American Landscape.” They spend the day in downtown Los Angeles to visit many of the sites where the original photographs were taken.
S19 E02Mar 20, 2008
Oil Islands Mar 20, 2008 In Long Beach, Calif., there’s a 42-acre oilfield -- offshore, in plain view of tourists, port traffic and beach lovers -- with 175-foot-high drilling towers and 1,100 wells that penetrate a vast underground. It may well be the most unique and beautiful oil drill site in America. The idea that you could drill for oil within site of a major city and do it in a way that would please the residents, was and is revolutionary. Huell visits these four architectural gems and learns about their rich history.
S19 E03Apr 3, 2008
Kern River Preserve Apr 3, 2008 Huell visits the Kern River Preserve with its natural beauty, wildflowers and turkey vultures.
S19 E04Apr 18, 2008
Pacific Asia Museum Apr 18, 2008 The Pacific Asia Museum is one of only four institutions in the United States dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture of Asiaand the Pacific Islands. The museum’s mission is to further cultural awareness and under-standing through the arts.This museum was originally the home and art galleries of an extraordinary woman named Grace Nicholson, who came to Pasadena from Philadelphia in 1901. In 1924, Nicholson commissioned local architects Marston, Van Pelt & Maybury to build a Chinese-style building for “Oriental and Western Art.” She lived in the building with her galleries down-stairs and her private apartment upstairs until her death in 1948.Since 1971, Pacific Asia Museum has served a broad audience of students, families, adults, and scholars through its education and outreach programs. It has a collection of over 14,000 works of art including paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, jades and textiles from all over Asia and the Pacific Islands, and a research library containing more than 7,000 reference volumes relating to Asian and Pacific art and culture.
S19 E05May 15, 2008
Gold Rush Medicine May 15, 2008 It wasn’t always pretty, and it didn’t always work, but the “doctors” of the Gold Rush did the best they could to take care of the throngs of immigrants who came to California in search of fame and fortune. Sacramento’s Sutter’s Fort is the backdrop of this adventure. Huell hears the story of how the Fort was chosen as the site of the first hospital in Sacramento that housed doctors, midwifes, Chinese herbalists certainly some charlatans with plenty of snake oil to sell. With the help of docents and some real doctors, it’s sure to be an education.
S19 E06May 18, 2008
Getty Garden May 18, 2008 The Central Garden, created by renowned artist Robert Irwin, lies at the heart of the Getty Center. The 134,000-square-foot design features a natural ravine and tree-lined walkway that leads the visitor through an extraordinary experience of sights, sounds, and scents. Huell gets a special tour from Jim Duggan, the Curatorial Advisor for the Central Garden and some of the gardeners who keep this living sculpture alive and beautiful for everyone to enjoy.
S19 E07May 20, 2008
Costa Mesa May 20, 2008 Huell visits Costa Mesa and sees how far its come from its start as a bean field to a state of the art performance center.
S19 E08May 20, 2008
Upper Newport Bay May 20, 2008 Huell visits the Upper Newport Bay to see what is being done in to keep this area green for everyone to enjoy.
S19 E09May 25, 2008
Newport Boats May 25, 2008 Orange County is filled with maritime history and in this adventure; Huell visits Newport Beach to learn about two “boats” that are very historic. Family owned since 1919, Balboa Island Ferry has provided continuous service between Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula. Crossings just 0.25 miles, this Newport tradition is not only a wonderful tourist attraction, but also a service the locals cherish.Next it’s off for an evening cruise aboard the John Wayne’s famous yacht the Wild Goose. Beginning her life as a minesweeper in World War II, Wayne bought her in 1965 and had her converted into a luxuriously appointed yacht which served as a backdrop for celebrity events, family vacations, and infamous poker sessions with such luminaries as Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Bob Hope. The last captain of the ship shares some wonderful stories about this historic vessel.
S19 E10Aug 24, 2008
Randsburg Aug 24, 2008 Huell visits the historic and remote mining town of Randsburg.
S19 E11Sep 21, 2008
Persimmons Sep 21, 2008 Huell spends the day in Granite Bay, California at Otow Orchard to learn the ancient art of Hoshigaki, which is the drying of persimmons. The persimmons are dried each fall in a slow, patient, hands-on process that usually takes three to six weeks... per persimmon. Each persimmon is hand-peeled, strung onto a rack, and massaged every 3 to 5 days for several weeks. Weather conditions are watched carefully. The result is a transformation into a sugary delicacy that is tender and moist.
S19 E12Sep 25, 2008
Petroglyphs Sep 25, 2008 Huell travels to the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake to see some rock art that is arguably the largest concentration within the Western Hemisphere, and can number 6,000 images just in one small canyon area of 1.5 miles alone. Though an accurate dating technique is still being sought, it is thought that certain petroglyphs date as much as 16,000 years old, with others made as recently as 1800. This rock art is so important to our cultural heritage and our knowledge of the desert's past that in 1964 the sites were listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
S19 E13Sep 26, 2008
Old Town Tustin Sep 26, 2008 Tustin is famous for it’s WWII blimp hangers, but this vibrant community has lots of history and some real hidden gems. Huell spends the day exploring Tustin and starts off at the Tustin Museum for a little history lesson. He visits an honest to goodness blacksmith and stops into the Wooden Indian for a haircut. We’ll see some wonderful old architecture and even grab some lunch at wonderful BBQ joint.
S19 E14Oct 15, 2008
Pear Fair Oct 15, 2008 Huell travels to the Sacramento Delta to learn about California pears. We’ll start our adventure with a family who has been farming in the Delta for five generations. The soil and climate have made the Delta a perfect place to grow agriculture since the Gold Rush. Huell ends up at the 26th annual Pear Fair in Courtland. Everything from pear ice cream to pear vinegar, it’s a whole festival devoted to the Delta pear.
S19 E15Oct 18, 2008
White Sea Bass Oct 18, 2008 Huell meets up with Bill Ernst to see what he caught... the largest White Sea Bass ever! Then Huell heads down to the Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute to learn more about these fish and even helps release a bunch of fry.
S19 E16Nov 14, 2008
Barack Obama's California College Days Nov 14, 2008 Exclusive bonus interview with Eric Moore - one of Barack Obama's former classmates. There are also three rare photos taken by Eric that are shown in the bonus footage.In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Obama described Occidental as “a wonderful, small liberal arts college. The professors were diverse and inspiring. I ended up making some lifelong friendships there, and those first two years really helped me grow up.”Who knew that the next president of the United States had such a formative connection to California? Well I sure didn't! Join me as I get the Presidential tour of Occidental College in Eagle Rock, where Barack Obama spent his Freshman and Sophomore years. We'll visit his dorm room, talk to some of his old professors, and learn how his two years there helped to shape him.