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  • California Gold Rush Fires and Floods
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    California Gold Rush Fires and Floods

    Gary Noy gave an illustrated talk about the devastating fires and floods that coincided with the population explosion caused by the California Gold Rush. Mr. Noy is the author of Gold Rush…

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  • MailOrder Marriages in California
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    Mail-Order Marriages in California

    Professor Marcia Zug talked about her book Buying A Bride: An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches, in which she discusses how 19th century California gold rush pioneers encouraged single women to move…

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  • Life of Levi Strauss
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    Life of Levi Strauss

    Lynn Downey talked about her book, Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World. Levi Strauss created his blue jeans business in San Francisco in 1873. Ms. Downey served as the…

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  • Modoc Indians in Photography
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    Modoc Indians in Photography

    Professor Makeda Best talked about the photographic portrayal of California Native Americans during the 19th century, focusing on how photographers portrayed the Modoc tribe leading up to…

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  • Killing of Native Americans in California
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    Killing of Native Americans in California

    Professor Benjamin Madley talked about his book, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873. In his book, Professor Madley argues that…

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  • Jim Jones and Jonestown
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    Jim Jones and Jonestown

    Panelists talked about the Peoples Temple, its leader Jim Jones, and the community called Jonestown he established in Guyana. In 1978, more than 900 Americans died in Jonestown from cyanide…

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  • Discussion on Early AfroMexican Settlers in California
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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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  • Richard White on emRailroaded The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern Americaem
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    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 on the way…

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  • Discussion on the 1915 San Francisco Worlds Fair
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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 the Panama…

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  • Discussion on Conservationist John Muir
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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 played a large role…

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  • History of Yosemite National Park
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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 land grant…

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  • California Historical Society Part 2
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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
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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 waters and…

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  • History of the Golden Gate Bridge
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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 its construction, and its…

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  • Hollywood and American Politics
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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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  • emThe Associates Four Capitalists Who Created Californiaem
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    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 financed the…

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  • emRush for Riches Gold Fever and the Making of Californiaem
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    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 on the…

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