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SG Mission Holds Monthly History Day

  • By Shel Segal
SGMission2SAN GABRIEL - Lonely? Friendless? Even the dog hates you? Find yourself with nothing to do the first Saturday of the month?

Well, look no further. The San Gabriel Mission has just the remedy for you.

The first Saturday of the month at the mission is history day, said mission spokesman Chuck Lyons. This month on Saturday the topics were "Law and Order in the 1850s" and "Burial Practices in Early Mexico."

"The idea is we want people to explore history," Lyons said. "It's amazing the things we have here. There are about 100 historical sites here in the San Gabriel Valley. Most of them are open on the weekend."

Lyons added these are things you really should go out and see.

"Make a point to visit the museum in your hometown and go see it," he said. "We have such treasures. People need to explore these. We think if people explore historical sites and museums, then people are more polished, more knowledgeable. When you go see a place you have a greater appreciation for things, for other people and for places. If people see it, they'll appreciate it."

Feeding those at history day with homemade and handmade tortillas were Patricia Orozco and her cousin Anna Vasquez of Del Mar Café in San Gabriel.

"We're making our traditional food of bistec ranchero with beans out of the pot," Orozco said. She added they were also preparing rice and cactus salad with chips and salsa and stopped to describe how the tortillas are made so quickly by hand.

"This is traditional Mexican food," Orozco said. "My cousin Anna is making the tortillas by hand. It takes just a couple of minutes. It's corn that's grinded and you put in a little bit of salt. We mix it with water.

"Then you grind it by hand in a small machine. After you grind it, it's known as ‘masa,' or a lump of dough. We flatten them by hand. You heat them, like on a stove and in a minute or two they're ready!"

Del Mar Café is located at 712 South Del Mar Avenue in San Gabriel. The phone number is (626) 285-8719.

For more information on the mission's programs, call the mission at (626) 457-3035 or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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