January 28, 2023 | 4:00pm
Presenter: Mel Vernon
Cost: $20 per person (Reception to follow.)
We are pleased to have Mel Vernon, Captain of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians, present the first lecture – and event – of our 225th Anniversary year! Mel and his family can trace their ancestry to the people who built Mission San Luis Rey, and some of them are buried in the Mission’s Historic Cemetery. As captain, Mel has been working on the preservation of his people’s culture and traditions, and in educating the community about his tribe’s consistent presence in the area of North County San Diego. In this lecture, he gives a general perspective of the Luiseño people, and what their life was like before the Missions were established.