FRANCES DINKELSPIEL will discuss
Towers of Gold
This Thursday at 7 PM
Don't miss local author Dinkelspiel's rich and fascinating story of her remarkable great-great
grandfather, Isaias Hellman - the financier who changed California forever.
Isaias Wolf Hellman (1842-1920), a Jewish immigrant, lived a classic American rags-to-riches story. He arrived in
California in 1859 with his brother Herman and very little money in his
pocket. Hellman started out as a simple store owner; by the time he died, he had effectively transformed Los Angeles into the modern metropolis it is today. The title, Towers of Gold, refers to an event during a time when banks were almost completely unregulated, and there
were frequent bank runs and bank panics. Hellman famously rescued the
city of Los Angeles from a
disastrous panic when he piled gold coin into towers of gold on a bank
counter. His gesture calmed everyone down and the panic ended.
As one of California's pioneer
financiers and an advocate of modern banking methods, Hellman became
founder, president, and director of 17 banks, including Wells Fargo
Bank, Nevada Bank of San Francisco, and the Farmers and Merchants Bank. He was business partners with many of the iconic men of the 19th
century: Collis Huntington, Henry Huntington, Meyer Lehman, Levi
Strauss, Harrison Gray Otis, and Edward Harriman. He lived through floods,
droughts, depressions, boom times, earthquakes, fires, and war. He went from being a poor
immigrant to being one of the wealthiest and most powerful men of the
"A marvelous resource, a dramatic slice of Western history and a splendid read." - The San Francisco Chronicle.
DR. ABBY CAPLIN presents
Mind-Body Health Writing
Five Sundays, 7:00-8:30 PM: February 7, 21, 28, March 7 & 14th
Back by popular demand: the premiere writing class specifically for people with chronic illness or health conditions. Dr. Abby Caplin will guide you through a process of reflection, writing and optional sharing. Just come with an open mind and notebook. See our website for more details about the class and how to register.
Sign up now - space is limited!
Knit with THEA & Crochet with SUE
Fiber Arts Classes
New Winter Schedule for 2010
Thea Gray and Sue Appelbaum have prepared an all new curriculum
for the new year, including the lovely Ribbed Baby Jacket by Debbie Bliss shown here. For those new to the fiber arts, be sure to sign up for their beginning classes - Learn to Knit and Intro to Crochet - to better prepare yourself for all the other great projects offered.
Visit our website for the full schedule