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Newsfront - July 18, 2008

History comes alive tonight

Museum curator presenting 150 years of Danville

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

The Living Treasures series continues tonight with a tribute to Museum of the San Ramon Valley curator Beverly Lane. The museum program highlights people that contribute to the betterment of the community.

"I'm going to do a historical narrative and introduce historic characters," said Lane. "They each have three to five minutes and will talk about what life was like."

The famous settlers will be portrayed by residents who also took their roles for the recent Hay Days celebration. They include Charles and Charlotte Wood (Don and Joan Kurtz), Dan and Josephine Inman (Geoff and Dureen Bishop), Numa Boone (Nathan Greene), Mary Cox Baldwin (Sonya Seyler) and Rose Peters (Betty Casey) among others.

"Geoff as Dan Inman brought his tools and his half-sized pioneer wagon to Hay Days and just mesmerized people," said Lane.

Lane is the fourth person dubbed a Living Treasure by the program, which started last year. Others were Norm Kittler and Joan and Don Kurtz.

"Bev has a lot to share," said Betty Joyce, one of the organizers.

She noted that Lane was mayor Danville three times, is an elected director of the East Bay Regional Park District, and is an author of local history books.

"When Bev was elected Citizen of the Year (by the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce) and wrote 'Vintage Danville' … we thought this would be a good time for her," said Joyce.

"Vintage Danville: 150 Years of Memories" was written by Lane and Laura Grinstead for the town's sesquicentennial celebration, and it will be on sale at the program this evening. There will also be refreshments.

Living Treasures honors Contra Costa County residents for their accomplishments in any area, including art, literature, music, sports, government, education or charity.

It is funded by a $10,000 grant from the Lesher Foundation.

Visit 1858 Danville

What: Living Treasures features Beverly Lane

Who: Museum of the San Ramon Valley and Lesher Foundation

When: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Friday, July 18

Where: Danville Community Center, 420 Front St.

Cost: Free. Reservations are requested at 837-3750.