Porterville College

CHAP: "Ramona" Memories: Mythology and Tourism in the Shaping of Southern California

The Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) at Porterville College

Is proud to present a special event featuring


Dydia DeLyser

Geography Professor, CSU-Fullerton


‘Ramona’ Memories: Mythology and Tourism in the Shaping of Southern California


Friday, February 23rd, 2018

7-8 p.m.

Porterville College Theater


Helen Hunt Jackson’s popular 1884 novel Ramona depicted a romanticized version of California's Hispanic past that left an indelible imprint on Southern California's landscape.  Within a year of its publication, landmarks identified with Ramona's fictional life - her birthplace, her home, the site of her wedding, and her grave - became important parts of a visit to southern California.  In her presentation, and her book Ramona Memories, Dydia DeLyser traces the myth's emergence within the context of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century tourist industry.  Based on more than a decade of meticulous research, DeLyser reveals how a fiction - and the real places and products that it inspired - helped to make an idealized past visible, permeating southern California's social memory.


Dydia DeLyser is a cultural geographer with interests in topics such as social memory, landscapes, and tourism and who has studied topics including the geography of neon signs, feminism and early women pilots in the U.S., and ghost towns in the Old West.  She is co-editor of the journal cultural geographies, and on the editorial board of The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and the Journal of Historical Geography.  She received a BA in Geography from UCLA and an MA and PhD in Geography from Syracuse University. 


Copies of DeLyser’s book Ramona Memories are now available for purchase in the Porterville College bookstore; the bookstore will be open following the presentation for those interested in purchasing copies of the book to have signed by the author.


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Out of respect to our presenter and audience, doors will be closed approximately 10 minutes after the start of the event OR when the theater has reached capacity.  Due to safety regulations, once the theater is full no additional people can be admitted.

Date & Time: 
Fri, 02/23/2018 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
PC Theater

Kern Community College District