Join Temecula Valley Museum staff member Steve Williamson as he shares his unique perspective on Helen Hunt Jackson’s Ramona and its impact on the development of Southern California. He'll explain how fateful visits to Temecula inspired the author to write her now famous novel and to bring awareness to the plight of the native people of this country. The novel’s release along with the development of the trans-continental railroad created a new phenomenon called “tourism” which prompted people from all across the country to visit California. Enterprising individuals tried to recreate “authentic” Spanish settings as described in Jackson’s book and soon the line between fact and fiction became blurred. Explore with us the history behind Ramona as well as the history that it created.