The Tulare City Historical Society and Tulare Historical Museum will present its latest 'Sundays @ 2' program on March 19th. Richard Zack of Visalia will give a presentation and book signing on his book "Quest For Water, Tulare Irrigation District: Its History, People and Progression." Founded September 21, 1889, the Tulare Irrigation District is considered the fourth-oldest irrigation district in California, with a present size of approximately 70,000 acres. Richard, a registered civil engineer and former high school English teacher, has more than just a personal interest in the history of TID, but much rather a passion with it. Growing up as a fourth-generation Tularean, Richard spent his youthful summers traveling canal banks with his father David, who was TID's first engineer-manager and who worked there for 40 years.
Interesting highlights in Richard's book and presentation are Tulare's Bond Burning celebration in 1903, and the 20 year litigation between TID and the Lindsay-Strathmore Irrigation District, which not only is considered a textbook legal case to this day, but also has all the makings for a first-class spy novel and movie.
Richard tirelessly traveled up and down the state and in one instance all the way to the state of Washington, in order to uncover and substantiate all of the rich information found during his quest for knowledge. "Quest For Water" is packed with more than 490 photographs, maps, letters, and drawings, many of which have never before been seen outside private collections.
Join us for a fascinating presentation on our Valley's most precious resource, and the role which the Tulare Irrigation District has had with it for 127 years. The program will be held at 2:00pm in the Heritage Art Gallery at the Tulare Historical Museum. The program is open to the public and is free of charge. Admission to the Museum is also free on this day during its hours of operation, 12:30-4:00pm.