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A Journey to Llano

The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Llano Co-operative Colony's move to Louisiana. Watch for more announcements of upcoming events.


December 9, 2017 @ 10am
One hundred years ago this month, two groups of colonists from Llano del Rio made the trip to Stables, Louisiana from the Antelope Valley in California. In honor of this centennial, artist Karyl Newman will travel to New Llano to share her fieldwork, research, events and exhibits organized at sites around the desert ruins of “the most important non-religious Utopian experiment in western American history” – California State Historic Preservation Office.

Join us at 10am on December 9th to learn more about this difficult journey made by a determined group of colonists bound by their common devotion to co-operative ideals. As always, admission is free.

As the 2016-2017 Archibald Hanna Visiting Research Fellow at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Ms. Newman continues to make discoveries using clues from the Walter Millsap Papers in the Paul Kagan Utopian Communities Collection while seeking out relatives of comrades and their private collections. The Mojave location offers no historic marker and Newman looks forward to learning from Louisiana and the Museum of the New Llano Colony. In lieu of a brick and mortar base for ongoing utopian studies in Llano, please explore the ON ALL DAY digital exhibit made possible by a grant from California Humanities at http://bit.ly/4AllonLlano.

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