Rancho Los Cerritos Presents Four-part Lecture Series on The Civil War

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In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is presenting Remembering the Civil War: Perspectives on Race, Place, and Movement, a four-part Saturday morning lecture series featuring renowned scholars who bring unique insights to this tumultuous era. On February 21, Christopher Bates will present, “Don’t Know Much About History: Why People Love the Civil War.” Bates, a Ph.D. Candidate at UCLA and a popular lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona, is beloved by students for using humor and personal anecdotes to bring history to life.

On March 21, Dr. David Miller will present, “‘A thralldom grievous and intolerable’: Slavery, the American Civil War, and the Legacy of Race.” Dr. Miller is a lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego. His research focuses primarily on the social and cultural history of the United States in the 19th century, and he teaches about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the history of race and ethnicity.

On April 18, Dr. Glenna Matthews will present “The Civil War and the Birth of Modern California.” She is the author of many books, including the much lauded The Golden State in the Civil War: Thomas Starr King, the Republican Party, and the Birth of Modern California. Dr. Matthews is an independent scholar who has taught at many prestigious institutions, including U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University, and UCLA.

On May 16, the series will close with “North and South to the Border: Yankees, Confederates, and Mexico after the Civil War,” presented by Dr. Todd W. Wahlstrom, a visiting professor of history at Pepperdine University and author of The Southern Exodus to Mexico: Migration across the Borderlands after the American Civil War.

Lectures begin at 10 a.m. and last 90 minutes, including time for audience questions. Admission is $7, $5 for students with I.D., and is payable at the door. Seating is limited, so advance registration is encouraged. The series is part of an ongoing effort by the Rancho to present low cost and free programming that expands the understanding of California history for area residents. To register, and for more information, please call 562-206-2040.

About the Rancho: Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California. The site, a National, State, and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives. The Rancho is operated by the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation in private-public partnership with the City of Long Beach.

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