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Early Chinese in Sonoma Valley presented by Peter Meyerhof

The Early Chinese of Sonoma ValleyPeter Meyerhof will discuss the forgotten history of the Chinese residents of the Sonoma Valley in the 19th and early 20th century. Contemporary records and oral histories show just how significant their contribution was to the Valley. At their peak in the 1880s, the Chinese represented 1/4 to 1/3 of…

Testimonios: Early California through the Eyes of Women, 1815–1848 translated by Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz

In the1870’s, prompted by General Mariano G. Vallejo,  H.H. Bancroft began an oral history project with approximately sixty-two Californios. Of those Testimonios thirteen were women’s firsthand accounts from the days when California was part of Spain and Mexico. Having lived through the gold rush and seen their country change so drastically, these women understood the…