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The Society's Next Program

Our next program will be on Monday July 22nd at 6:00 p.m.

Followed by another program on Monday July 29th at 6:00 p.m.

On Monday July 22nd, The Pechanga Cultural Resources Department will debut the long-awaited film “The Temecula Massacre”. Following the screening of the film, Lisa L. Woodward, Ph.D. will answer questions about the tragic historic event. Pechanga’s Great Oak Press will have copies of companion book “The Temecula Massacre, A Forgotten Battlefield Landscape of the Mexican - American War” available for purchase for $24.95 with a meet and greet and signing by authors Gary DuBois and Lisa Woodward. (See book cover below)

The 1846 Temecula Massacre was among the deadliest conflicts tied to the Mexican - American War. DuBois’ and Woodward’s work reveals the sequence of events leading to the Temecula Massacre, illustrating a complex narrative of pre-statehood California. Although the Battle of San Pasqual is considered the bloodiest conflict of the Mexican - American War with only eighteen Americans killed, the Temecula Massacre a few weeks later claimed the lives of about eighty. The remains of the Natives killed in the ambush were put into a mass grave which is still honored near Temecula Parkway today.

DuBois and Woodward’s work includes firsthand, previously unpublished accounts of the Temecula Massacre. This includes the reasons for the Californios’ retaliation toward the Luiseno people, the aftermath of the ambush, and the effect it had upon the remaining Native people of Temecula.

Gary DuBois is an enrolled citizen of the Pechanga Band of Indians and is the Founding Director of the Pechanga Band of Indians Cultural Resources Department and the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Washinton University Law School. He is a scholar of Native American History, The American West, and Constitution Law and is a lecturer in these fields at California State University San Bernardino. DuBois clerked for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma Tribal Courts and was a Udall Fellow for the United States Senate Indian Affairs Committee. He is a veteran of the United States Army, serving over fifteen years in the Army National Gurd with active duty from 2004 to 2006 as an infantry squad leader.

Lisa Woodward is Archivist for the Pechanga Band of Indians Cultural Resources Department. She earned her doctoral degree in Native American Studies from the University of California, Davis. As archivist, Woodward manages the tribe’s collection of photographs, archival documents, ephemera, and sound recordings. While at Davis, as an undergraduate and later as a graduate student, she assisted in developing the J.P. Harrington Database Project which assisted in providing Tribal Communities access to John Harrington’s extensive collection of field notes on Native languages. She also actively conducts research for the Pechanga Tribe in the areas of Cultural Resource Management and Collection repatriation from institutions across the country.

The July 22 presentation on the Temecula Massacre will be in person only with no live streaming on Facebook.

On Monday July 29th Jennifer Lehr will present a program with a military theme when she speaks about an upcoming military mission to Greenland and its historical significance in WW II when the Germans had several weather stations there to monitor fleets in the North Atlantic. Lehr will display items her uncle had with him when he was stranded in Greenland during WW II.

Lehr, the Chief Operating Officer of Fallen American Veterans Foundation, Inc. (FAVF), a 501©3 non-profit organization, advocates for surviving families of the 83,000 US Military Personnel missing in action (MIA) since WW ll. She is a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary Post 1508, the wife of a decorated USMC Vietnam Veteran, the daughter of a US Navy Veteran, the granddaughter of NASA Industrial Engineer (Space Division), and is a member of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Luiseńo Chapter, and is a Mayflower descendant.

Lehr’s passion for repatriating MIA service people is strongly motivated by not knowing the whereabouts of her uncle Pvt. Dugan Harris who served in the Korean War, one of the 83,000 people listed as MIA. Through advocacy and proposed legislation, FAVF educates US military branches and public officials regarding US policy and its commitment to missing service people and their families. FAVF repatriates the remains of US Military Personnel missing in action to "Honor the Promise" to “Leave No One Behind.”

Lehr says, “Being of service to others has been paramount in my family; that DNA is strong! I’m honored to have that torch passed on to me on behalf of my fellow Americans.”

Any questions regarding our programs may be addressed to Rebecca Farnbach at:


Our programs are held indoors at the Little Temecula History Museum, which is the "red barn" next to Kohl's, one block south of the intersection of Temecula Parkway and Margarita Road.

The programs are free and open to the public. 

Jennifer Lehr