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Thursday, September 28, 2023
10 am – 12 pm with light refreshments
$20 RSFHS Members, $25 Non-Members
In September 1925, young Ray Wilcox stepped off a train in Southern California and could hardly believe the sight of the vast Pacific Ocean and stunning coastal mountain ranges. Ray immediately began to a plan for a successful life in this paradise, but he was missing one thing: his sweetheart, Dora. As Ray embarked on a campaign of letters to convince her to leave Kansas and join him, their love story began to grow. Would Dora finally board the Santa Fe train West to see for herself what California—and Ray—was really like?
These love letters between Ray and Dora were hidden away in a hatbox, long forgotten, until discovered decades later by Ray’s grandson, John Thill, and woven into A California Love Story
Local author John W. Thill will engage you with excerpts and anecdotes from the faded letters that became his wonderful new book featuring California history and the love of Ray and Dora. John will share their story, and his own, of persistence and patience and California Love.
Books available for purchase in the Museum shop
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON SEPTEMBER 28th