So Cal Historyland
Phil Brigandi sadly passed away on 12/12/2019. For information on his life and tributes in his honor, please click here. If you have any questions, please send them in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow up to 72 hours for a response.
This website will continue to be maintained in his honor.
Hello there . . .
I've been researching and writing local history since 1975. I mostly write about the people and places that interest me here in Southern California.
This website is my way to share a little of what I've learned with a wider audience. That's what a historian does after all. You gather up material, then you share it with people.
For a growing collection of stories from the history of Orange County, be sure to check out my new website:
Some of the stories here are just excerpts from my research, taken from the books and articles I've already published. Others come from stories I still hope to publish one of these days. In the future, I plan to add more stories.
I hope you'll enjoy these examples from my work. If you'd like to quote from them, it might be nice to ask first.
You'll find links up above to these pages:
* The Anza-Borrego Desert -- a Southern California wilderness
* Ramona -- History and Myth in Southern California
* The Riverside / San Diego County Backcountry
* Temecula -- at the crossroads of history
* Hemet & San Jacinto
* Southern California's Indians
* Lost Valley -- my backcountry home
* Scouting and the Order of the Arrow
* About Me
"It's disappointing to become a leading authority in the field when you still have so much you want to learn." -- Garrison Keillor