March 22, 2002

Celebrate Women's History Month at Old Town and Met the Machado Sisters-women of Frontier San Diego

For the first time ever, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is presenting exciting themes for each month by offering living history activities and events throughout the year. Living History involves making history come alive with people dressed in historical period clothing, demonstrating or reenacting historic events, trades, or crafts. Special reenactments will take place primarily on the Fourth Saturday of every month. March 23rd special event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This month's theme is Meet the Machado Sisters — women of frontier San Diego. It's 1854! Find out about the healing arts from Juana; how to properly raise a family from Rosa; and learn Maria Antonias's life down in Rosario, Baja since the U.S. settlers came. Maria Guadalupe will be your hostess to guide you to the homes of the other sisters. Californio women, and these sisters were no exception, were renowned to be clever, resourceful, and often times politically powerful.

Volunteers will portray the four sisters while other volunteers in period clothing will explain the sub-themes of the day. The activities take place in the Alipas-Wrightington garden behind the current Bailey-McGuire Pottery shop, the Commercial Restaurant museum, and at the Machado-Stewart house museum. There will be stations explaining Mexican and early American medicinal and culinary herbs, period cooking, and demonstrations of daily chores. Everyone is invited to come and learn about women's lives in early San Diego.

In order to bring these historical days to life, we are looking for volunteer actors and living history interpreters/reenactors who can create characters and improvise according to the scenarios and historic information that we will provide.

Living History, on a more intimate scale, also takes place several times weekly but especially on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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