The Foundation’s Lecture Series is a labor of love between the foundation and museum historians. The series starts in October and runs through April occurring monthly on the first Sunday of each month from 2:00-3:00 pm (No January lecture). This popular series has been offered since 2011 and take place in the Museum's Carriage House. Lecture attendance is $10.00 per person with complementary refreshments.
Proceeds from the Leture Series go towards the Angels Camp Museum Foundation's current campaigns to benefit the Angels Camp Museum. Please read more to see a summary of the 2021-2022 Lecture Series and to watch them on Calaveras County TVs YouTube channel.
October 3 - Joel Metzger - Utica Water & Power System
Utica’s 10-person staff is responsible for conveying up to 33,000-acre-feet of water from the North Fork Stanislaus River through a 27-mile-long conveyance system built during the Gold-Rush consisting of wooden flumes, earthen/concrete ditches and five reservoirs. Joel will talk about the history of the Utica, where the water comes from, where it goes, and the main challenges Utica is facing today.
November 7 - Michael E. LaSalle – Wagon Trains of 1848
Mike is a retired attorney who graduated from University of California, Davis, Law School in 1970. During his many years practicing law, he found himself constantly drawn to the history of the Far West, especially to the era of the covered wagon and the emigrant trails. Mike will share stories around the Wagon Trains of 1848.
December 5 - Dave Bunnell – Cave Photography
Dave holds a PHD in Psychophysiology and spent about 10 years doing research in human sleep patterns. In 1996, he left the academic world and assumed editorship of the monthly National Speleological Society News, which he continues today. The foothills contain large swathes of marble and this in turn serves as a home for hundreds of caves. This richly illustrated talk will draw on 20 years of exploration and photography in the area’s caves and highlight both the known and the unknown caves that surround us.
February 6 - Rurik Kallis - Abandoned Mining Camps
Rurik Kallis takes us on his adventures exploring old mining camps, which some argue may be the most interesting of all Gold Rush histories. During the California Gold Rush. These camps were filled with gambling tents, saloons and entertainments, with some growing so large they dwarf the gold rush towns of today.
March 6 - Frank Tortorich - Big Tree Carson Valley Wagon Road
Frank has been a student and researcher of the California Trail for the past 40 years. He is an author of numerous articles, three books, and is a sought-after speaker. Frank is considered by many as an authority on the history of the Carson River Route of the California Trail. His published books are GOLD RUSH TRAIL, A Guide to the Carson River Route of the Emigrant Trail published in 1998 and Hiking the Gold Rush Trail, published in 2004. His newest book, John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson, Pioneer mail carrier of the Sierra published in 2015 was ten years in the making.
April 3 - Lynn Downey – The Fascinating and Sometimes Hilarious History of the Dude Ranch
Lynn is the former Historian for Levi Strauss & Co. and lectured at the museum back in 2017. She’ll be talking about her new book, American Dude Ranch: A Touch of the Cowboy and the Thrill of the West. Movies, food, women’s history, clothing: all of these have a history with the dude ranch, and Lynn has stories to tell in her illustrated talk. She writes a blog about the West at: https://tumblereadsblog.com/blog-sg/, and her website is at http://www.lynndowney.com.
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