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Paso Robles history comes alive May 4 

Locals take on role of Paso Robles historical figures at Carnegie Library

Carnegie Library Paso Robles, Historical Society

Locals take on the role of Paso Robles historical figures. Pictured left to right, Grace Pucci as Louisa James, Thomas Wold as Andrew Carnegie, and Norma Moye as Cecelia Blackburn. They will bring history to life at the Carnegie Library in downtown city park on Sunday, May 4.

The public is invited to come out and enjoy an afternoon of Paso Robles history at the Carnegie Library, located in the downtown city park, on Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m.

The program will highlight the history of the town as told by those who lived — Paso Robles’ founding father Daniel Blackburn and his wife Cecelia, Louisa James and her nephew Jesse James, Andrew Carnegie and lgnacy Jan Paderewski.

“We are holding this in conjunction with the celebration of the city’s 125th anniversary,” said Grace Pucci, president of the El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society.

Pucci will take on the role of Louisa James during the afternoon event; Norma Moye, Executive Director of the Paso Robles Main Street Association, will perform as Cecelia Blackburn alongside City Council Member Steve Martin as Daniel Blackburn. Thomas Wold joins in as Andrew Carnegie, Steven Cass will perform as Paderewski, and a special guest will play Jesse James.

“We have a lot of local talent that will help us highlight the town’s history and how the town started,” said Pucci. “In character, each will talk about their contribution to Paso Robles.”

Admission is free; donations are welcome and appreciated. Coffee and cookies will be served following the program. For more information, call (805) 238-4996.




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About the author: Reporter Meagan Friberg

Meagan Friberg is a reporter for the Paso Robles Daily News and A-Town Daily News.