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The Alhambra Historical Society played host to six area historical groups on March 28. From left are Rosemarie Marcus, president of the Alhambra Historical Society; Glenn Barnett, local historian and author; and Carol Jones, director of visitor services at the Guasti Mansion.
On March 28, The Alhambra Historical Society played host to six area historical groups, including those from Monterey Park, San Gabriel, Temple City, The Ramona Museum, and Dinsmoor Heritage House.
In a dinner meeting at the Alhambra Masonic Center, nearly 100 people had dinner, catered by Charlie’s Trio Café, and a dessert from Claro’s Italian Market. The program consisted of a talk about “The History of the Guasti Winery and Mansion” presented by local historian and author Glenn Barnett and Carol Jones, the director of visitor services at the Guasti Mansion.
The speakers related that Italian immigrant Secundo Guasti at one time owned the largest winery in the world covering eight square miles in the Cucamonga Valley. Mr. Guasti also built an imposing Italian Renaissance style home for himself in the posh West Adams district of Los Angeles, which today has been lovingly restored to its original opulence.
The dinner and program were hosted by Rosemarie Marcus, the president of the Alhambra Historical Society.
“Rosemarie makes a point of outreach to neighboring historical societies, and on this night, it was all worthwhile,” said Mr. Barnett.