Historical Society Will Honor the Marquez Family Legacy on May 6

Members of the Marquez family (eft to right) Ernest Marquez, Monica Marquez, Ernie Marquez and Sharon Kilbride spoke about the history of this area to fourth grade Canyon Elementary students at the Marquez Family Cemetery in Santa Monica Canyon.

The Pacific Palisades Historical Society will hold its 2024 Annual Meeting on Monday, May 6, starting at 7 p.m. at the Pierson Playhouse on Haverford (across from Founders Oak Island). The public is invited (admission is free), but please RSVP to ensure a seat: www.pacificpalisadeshistory.org/contact-us. RSVPs can also be emailed to: PacPalHistoricalSociety@gmail.com.

The evening will feature a PowerPoint presentation, “Honoring the Marquez Family Legacy,” by historian Randy Young, the PPHS curator. He will focus on Ernest Marquez (the treasured historian who died in January at age 99), Angie Marquez Olivera and Rosemary Miano, all of whom grew up in Santa Monica Canyon.

“I recorded video interviews with these three members of the Marquez family in the 1990s,” Young said, “and I am editing their memories into a presentation, along with vintage photographs from our archives.”

Rosemary’s daughter, Sharon Kilbride, will also speak. She was instrumental in the campaign to save the Marquez Family Cemetery in Santa Monica Canyon.

Angie Olivera (1916-2002) and Rosemary Miano (1922-2013) were great-great granddaughters of Francisco Marquez, who was a co-recipient (with Ysidro Reyes) of the original 1839 Rancho Boca de Santa Monica Mexican land grant.

Ernest Marquez, also a lineal descendant of Francisco Marquez and Ysidro Reyes, was a self-taught historian who wrote five books, including an illustrated history of Rancho Boca de Santa Monica.

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