Just a guy with a debilitating case of curiosity.
I was born a curious child, always up in my grandparent’s attic or in the cedar chests and hall closets, taking down photos and mementos that had been hidden away long before I was born. I would go to my grandparents with these objects and ask for the stories behind them.
And now, here we are.
Born and raised in Santa Ana, California.
I study people in history.
Histories that turn the narrative on its head. Taking the perception of what we think we know of an event or a people and uncovering those stories that disrupt and cause the need to revisit what we think we know. This is the search for the best and truest version of history.
I am a historian, archivist, conservator, preservationist and follower of the cult of Studs Terkel.
My works include Images of America: Victorville for Arcadia Publishing (2012)
"That is only true living which is ever learning, ever reaching upward and stretching forward".
- James Russell Miller 1893
How I Keep Busy
Historic and Cultural Preservation
Historic Asset Research Services- formerly Almendreal Historical Research
Almendral Research and Preservation Services has been contracted by Floral Park Neighborhood Association to perform research and reporting services to put forth the application for Floral Park to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places as Floral Park Historic District. The neighborhood is comprised of over 650 historic homes and structures, and would be the third historic district within the city to be placed on the NRHP.
Freelance Collections Manager
February 2017 – June 2019
Oversees the collection in excess of 3,000 objects with an estimated value of 5.5 million dollars. The collection subject material consists of military antiques and weaponry. I render services such as artifact assessment, conservation, maintenance, cleaning and organization.
Director / Curator of Collections
American Legacy Museum
ALM is an Americana Museum with its collections ranging from 1900-1985 with its main focus being 1917-1955 as far as cultural emphasis. The collection consists of screen-worn costume, personal clothing, and ephemera from notable persons of that era as well as military antiques and ephemera from WWI to Vietnam. I oversee all collections, and operations.
My Ongoing Research Projects
Floral Park National Historic District
Creating a new National Historic Historic District in Santa Ana, California.
This project centers around the 650+ historic properties that make up Floral Park in North Santa Ana and the nomination for those properties to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The story of a Nissei soldier of WWII who has never come home and whose remains have never been recovered.
My areas of experience include:
Do you own history? Do you want to know more about it or take care proper care of it for the future? I am at your service.
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