Author will discuss California’s trailblazing women at La Jolla Community House lecture

Gloria Harris, Ph.D., co-author of the new book, “Women Trailblazers of California: Pioneers to the Present,” (with Hannah Cohen) will share inspiring stories about these women as the next guest of the Distinguished Speakers Series at the La Jolla Community Center, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6811 La Jolla Blvd.

Harris is a recent inductee of the San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame. Among the 40 tales in her book, is the story of Nancy Kelsey, the first woman to travel overland to California in the mid-19th century. Harris quotes from Kelsey’s writings, “I saw General Grant when he was little known. I baked bread for General Fremont, and talked to Kit Carson. I have run from bear and killed all other kinds of game.”

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served, and a Q&A with Harris will

follow. Reservations are requested for the free presentation through (858) 459-0831.

Editor’s note:

The book is available for $19.99 at bookstores, online, and at Among the pioneers chronicled are architect Lilian Jeanette Rice, actress Mary Pickford, criminal defense lawyer Gladys Towles Root, labor reformer Katherine Philips Edson, Native American peace negotiator Toby Riddle, and slow food movement founder Alice Waters.