Promise of Paradise: Dream it Forward

Sep 18, 2019

Promise of Paradise, back to the land oral histories of Mendocino County, is wrapping up its weekly radio series on KZYX with two free public forums on the coast and inland, October 1 & 2.  Described as good old-fashioned “Happenings” with a modern twist, Promise of Paradise:  Dream it Forward, will offer the opportunity to reflect on the themes and values that resonated through the 55 interviews that will have been aired by the end of the project, and to imagine where we’re headed now.

Promise of Paradise hosts, Kate Magruder, Sarah Reith and Laura Hamburg, will be joined by PoP’s scholar/advisor, Cal Winslow, who will provide a cultural snapshot of the era and the movement.  Kirsten Ellen Johnsen, a second-generation back to the lander, will facilitate a panel discussion with people who were interviewed for the project, and invite fresh perspectives from the audience and special guests.

Promise of Paradise:  Dream it Forward  will be held on the coast on Tuesday, October 1 at the Caspar Community Center from 6 - 8:30pm.  The panel members will be Anica Williams, Norman de Vall, Zo Abell and Diana Wiedemann.

The inland event will be held on Wednesday, October 2 at the Grace Hudson Museum 

from 6 - 8:30pm.  The panel members will be J Holden, Sheilah Rogers, Wendy Jackson and Tom Liden.

Both forums are free to the public.

Promise of Paradise has been made possible by support from California Humanities,a non-profit partner of National Endowment for the Humanities (visit, along with the Arts Council of Mendocino County, the Judy Pruden Historical Preservation Fund of the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, KZYX, the Mendocino Institute, StoryCenter and the Grace Hudson Museum.