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Unique, new event debuts Aug. 19

A unique, free family event is being planned for Sunday, August 19 that should be of interest to all local residents interested in learning more about their village’s history. ‘The History of the Automobile in Fallbrook’ will be presented at an afternoon event from 2 to 4 p.m. that will include a small car show, big-screen narrated slide show, historical museum tours, presentations, and a complimentary homemade apple pie and ice cream social for all.

The event, a collaborative effort between the Fallbrook Historical Society (FHS) and the Fallbrook Vintage Car Club (FVCC), is the first of its kind and geared to locals.

“When residents realize the heritage of their community, they develop more respect for it,” said Roy Moosa, president of the car club.

“We think the historical society is the best kept secret in Fallbrook,” said historical society board member Bev McDougal. “We want it to become the best known place in Fallbrook.” The event will be held at the Fallbrook Historical Society compound, 1730 S. Hill Street (at Rocky Crest), which offers multiple venues for viewing artifacts.

“Our desire is to bring more people to the museum and show them the treasures that are housed within the buildings,” said Anne Burdick, of the FHS.

“The plans for this event have really snowballed,” said Mc Dougal.

Well known drag racer Dode Martin, a Fallbrook resident since 1926, will be lending some sound and excitement to the event when his dragsters are fired up for fun.

“It’s going to be fun to relate the history of Fallbrook to the history of cars in Fallbrook,” said Martin.

Moosa said between 20 and 25 members of the car club will bring vintage automobiles to be on display that represent the decades of history.

“Our members are very excited about this because anyone who is into classic cars is into history,” said Moosa. “This makes sense for us because we have worked so well together with the historical society in the past.”

McDougal said historical society docents will be on hand in all parts of the compound to answer questions and explain exhibits.

“Each area of the grounds has fascinating items to discover,” said Burdick.

Martin explained that areas include the historic Pittenger House, the main museum, the Ford Room (with vintage automobiles), the rock and mineral collection, and new displays in the Barn, also know as the Donald J. Rivers Interpretive Center.

Festivities will begin promptly at 2 p.m. with the audio/visual presentation on a big screen that features a chronological series of interesting photographs accompanied by a narrative. Following that, visitors can tour all museum exhibits. The event will culminate with a delicious, Americana treat – homemade apple pie and ice cream. (Yes, the ice cream is homemade too.)

“We are looking forward to introducing people to the rich historical aspect of Fallbrook and the caretakers of it,” said Moosa.

Evelyn Fisher, the office manager for the historical society, said her hope is that greater awareness of the historical collection is achieved through the event.

“This [compound] is a wonderful place to visit; the volunteers have worked hard at that,” said Fisher. “I feel that the car club’s support will make this very successful.” Fisher worked on the research to begin building the audio-visual presentation that will be shown that day.

“I researched all the photos, the history, and the records that we needed,” she said. “Roy [Moosa] and Anne have taken those items are working together to put the program together.”

The historical society’s Annabelle Simpson is lending her graphic arts expertise by designing the brochure for the event. “Our whole dream is to get the Fallbrook Historical Society out there for people to discover,” said Simpson.

The event is sure to be educational, fun, and thought-provoking as old Fallbrook is revisited and celebrated in a special way. And a few surprises are in store for those that think they already know it all.

“There will be views of town in the program that people have never seen before,” said Martin.

“The narrated slide show will feature Fallbrook‘s first cars set against the backdrop of historic downtown’s early buildings,” said Burdick. “The show will also include scenes of Fallbrook’s first gas stations and panoramic views of cars set against Fallbrook’s skyline as well as its rolling hills and farmland.”

Excitement and energy is in the air with this large, proactive committee, setting the stage for more events.

“We want this to be successful so we can work on the next one,” said McDougal. “We are advising people to arrive early for this one! It’s going to be great!”

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