Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society to present cultural event


The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society (RSFHS) is holding a cultural event on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the RSF Historical Society’s La Flecha House, 6036 La Flecha, Rancho Santa Fe.

Native American expert Dr. James Kemp will give a talk on the Hopi and Navajo cultures and will highlight the rugs and tapestries of the Navajo in Northern Arizona and New Mexico.

Dr. Kemp of Julian became fascinated with the Native American culture after moving to the southwest from the east coast. “I found a wealth of cultures only a day or two drive from San Diego,” he noted.

Kemp has served on the board of the Mingei Museum for six years and is a retired clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego, Department of Pediatrics.

Kemp will comment on some of the RSF Historical Society’s collection as well as bring a few of his own pieces to the lecture.

Although Kemp does not consider himself to be an expert on the value of older weavings, attendees are welcome to bring any Hopi or Navajo weavings for Kemp to review.

Advanced registration is required and seating is limited. Tickets are $15 for RSFHS members and $20 for guests. To register or if you have further questions, please call Dana Evanson at the RSFHS at (858) 756-9291.