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PHA Annual Meeting & Luncheon

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11:30AM – 2:00PM | Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Presidio Golf & Concordia Club

8 Presidio Terrace

In this presentation we will look at the personal experiences and artistic renderings of three military figures who produced important visual evidence of California during the 1840s. They were William Rich Hutton, William Myers, and Alfred Sully. All three produced vivid images of life in California during the 1840s. While some of their works have been widely reproduced, others have been relatively undiscovered. The complete body of their works offers a unique glimpse of the way in which the American newcomers saw the land and the people of this region. Their personal experiences and artistic work foreshadowed the contradictory tensions that resulted from the encounter between Americans and Californios as a result of the U.S. conquest.
Together, Rose Marie Beebe & Robert M. Senkewicz have collaborated on a number of books on the history of Spanish and Mexican California including,
The History of Alta California: Memoirs of Mexican California
Lands of Promise and Despair: Chronicles of Early California, 1535–1846
Testimonios: Early California through the Eyes of Women, 1815–1848

“To Toil in That Vineyard of the Lord”: Contemporary Scholarship on Junípero Serra
Junípero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary

Beebe and Senkewicz have received numerous teaching and scholarship awards at Santa Clara University. In 2015 they were recognized with the University Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship. They have also received awards from The Bancroft Library, the Historical Society of Southern California, the California Mission Studies Association, and the California Council for the Promotion of History. Beebe received a year-long fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the Vallejo project. In 2019 they were awarded the Oscar Lewis Award for Western History by the Book Club of California.

Their current project is on Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo’s five-volume “Recuerdos históricos y personales….” They are in the process of translating and annotating this very important manuscript.