About the Celebration

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San Gabriel is a community with a unique history that dates back to 1771 - 10 years before Los Angeles itself was founded. That's why San Gabriel is known as the "Birthplace of the Los Angeles Region."

But the modern community of San Gabriel traces its beginnings to April 24, 1913, when the residents of San Gabriel voted to incorporate their city. With that action, San Gabriel became the 28th incorporated City in Los Angeles County - and a new history began. The Centennial is that story of San Gabriel's evolution into a modern community.

The Centennial Project

The Centennial was jointly cosponsored by the City of San Gabriel and the San Gabriel Historical Association. In order to stage the Centennial, these two organizations merged forces to create:
  • A six-member Executive Committee including two representatives from the city and two representatives from the SGHA, the San Gabriel Unified School District, and the San Gabriel Public Library
  • A 20-member Steering Committee
Individual committees, operating under the direction of the Executive Committee, focused on each of the following tasks (partial list):