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    Early Afro-Mexican Settlers in California

    Professor Carlos Manuel Salomon, author of Pio Pico: The Last Governor of Mexican California, talked about Mexicans of African descent who were some of the first non-Indian settlers in…

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    1915 San Francisco World's Fair

    Laura Ackley talks about the 1915 World’s Fair, officially known as the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, held in San Francisco, California. The fair was a celebration of…

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    Conservationist John Muir

    Harold Wood talked about the naturalist at the California Historical Society in San Francisco. John Muir is often considered the “Father of the National Park System” and…

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    History of Yosemite National Park

    Jen Huntley talked about the history of the Yosemite Grant Act and the birth of Yosemite as a National Park. The Yosemite Grant Act, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, was the first…

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    California Historical Society, Part 2

    California Historical Society Executive Director Anthea Hartig visited the official society, and spoke about the history of San Francisco while presenting a selection of photographs and…

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    California Historical Society, Part 1

    California Historical Society Executive Director Anthea Hartig visited the official society, and spoke about the exhibit, “Curating the Bay,” which explored the history of the…

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    History of the Golden Gate Bridge

    A symposium was held to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. Topics included the background of the area before the bridge was built, details of…

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    Hollywood and American Politics

    Steven Ross, Chair of the History Department at University of Southern California and author of Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics, talked at the California…

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    Book Discussion on Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

    Richard White presented a history of the operation of the transcontinental railroads. In his book the author recounts the social and economic impact the transcontinental railroads had…

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    Book Discussion on The Associates: Four Capitalists Who Created California

    Richard Rayner talked about his book The Associates: Four Capitalists Who Created California, published by W. W. Norton/Atlas and Company. In his book he chronicles the four men who…

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    Book Discussion on Rush for Riches: Gold Fever and the Making of California

    Mr. Holliday talked about his book Rush for Riches: Gold Fever and the Making of California, published by University of California Press. He focused on the impact of the gold rush…

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