Continuing with our historical speaker series, "Tales of Early California: William B. Ide & Friends." This event is free of charge and open to the public. Roger and Helen Ekins, Gene and Donna Hughes, Judy and Dean Halladay, and Margaret Hawe--all re-enactors with the California Living History Program-- will provide short, first-person narratives from the perspective of some of early California's most memorable characters. They will, of course, all be dressed in period-correct clothing.
"Tales of Early California: William B. Ide & Friends"
July 31, 2018
Meet William Brown Ide and his wife, Susan. Ide was commander-in-chief of the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt. He'll show us the "original" bear flag and recount that thrilling episode while Susan will share some of the tribulations they endured while coming overland in 1845.
You'll also meet that scoundrel Sam Brannan, the state's first millionaire, along with Olive Oatman who, as a young girl, was captured by the Yavapai and then tatooed as an accepted member of the Mojaves before being re-introduced into white society.
Henry Bigler, a veteran of the Mormon Battalion, and Jennie Wimmer, camp cook, will recount the finding of gold at Sutter's mill at Coloma and Melissa Coray--one of only five women who accompanied the men of the Mormon Battalion for all of their 2,000 mile journey and one of only a very few women for whom a mountain peak has been named--will also share some of her experiences.
Refreshments will be provided. This promises to be a fun and educational evening, so if you have any interest in the early history of the Golden State or just want to meet some fascinating characters from the past, you are cordially invited.