“On the Tracks of an Angry God: John P. Harrington in San Diego County” By Richard Carrico – Thurs., Sept. 15th

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Ocean Beach Historical Society Presents:

On the Tracks of an Angry God: John P. Harrington in San Diego County
By Richard Carrico

Thursday, September 15, 7 pm
at P.L. United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.

From the Pacific Coast to the Anza Borrego desert, from northern Baja California to Warner Springs, John P. Harrington in the mid-1920s chronicled the region and especially the Kumeyaay culture.


Richard Carrico

Famed and noted local author, historian Richard Carrico, will present a unique glimpse into Kumeyaay culture as recorded by Harrington nearly a century ago, and will interpret Harrington’s sometimes cryptic handwritten notes, and provide photographic images of the region circa 1925, as captured by Harrington . The presentation is being hosted by the OB Historical Society, this Thursday, September 15th, at 7pm at the P.L. United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

While teaching a class at the San Diego Museum of Man,  Harrington met a young student named Carobeth and they took leisurely walks across the Laurel Street Bridge.

Harrington noted that Carobeth possessed one of the finest ears for language and linguistics that he had ever encountered. They subsequently married and he immediately began taking his young wife on his field trips.

The marriage failed and Carobeth married George Laird, one of Harrington’s Chemehuevi consultants. Noting his sometime imperious attitude and his rushed demeanor, the Chemehuevi called Harrington “An Angry God.”

Don’t miss Carrico’s anthropological, historical, and geographic travelogue as we follow Harrington the “Angry God” through San Diego County.


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