Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Walking Tour of Visalia, September 23

Mary Brown and daughter (played by Sally May and granddaughter, Isobel) survived the flood of 1862.
Women and Children First!

In 1862, Mary Brown, her two-week-old daughter, her sister Charlotte Dineley and her three week-old daughter floated around Charlotte’s back yard on a carpenter’s bench.

This was not a play date for the children. The mothers and babies were waiting for rescue from the rising flood waters of what is the worst flood in California history.

Learn what then happened to the sisters and their daughters at the Practically Preposterous Walking Tour sponsored by the Tulare County Library Literacy Center on September 23. Three hour-long sessions are scheduled, one each at 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm. Six stops will be made in the old Visalia downtown area, with volunteers acting the parts of Visalians affected by the flood.

The tour is a fundraiser for the Read to Succeed Literacy program. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at The Literacy Center, 417 N. Locust Street, in Visalia until September 16. No tickets will be sold at the event. For further information, call 713-2745.