Sunday, January 11, 2009

Dragonfly Lecture

Monday, January 19, brings our first Dragonfly Lecture for 2009:
"The Political Intrigue of Juan Antonio,"
By Richard A. Hanks, PhD.
Amid the turmoil and bloodshed of Southern California in the mid-1800s, it came down to one fateful moment, when one man helped decide the course of California's future.
That man was Cahuilla leader Juan Antonio. 
His actions and his motives have been discussed and debated for a century and a half.
Join us as Richard Hanks shares research that isn't usually found in the history books. Discuss the political cunning of Juan Antonio, his rivalry with Indian leader Antonio Garra, and some resulting intrigue at the signing of the Treaty of Temecula.

About our lecturer:
Richard Hanks has a background in journalism, public history, and archival work. This gives him an ear for listening to voices not usually found in the history books, and an eye for ferreting out telling details amid a library's vast holdings.
He holds a bachelor's degree in communications, an M.A. in history with a specialty in archival management and subspecialty in Native American studies, and a PhD in Native American history, all from UC Riverside. He recently retired from his longtime post as an associate archivist for A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands, and teaches at area community colleges.
A manuscript based on his dissertation, with a focus on early California Indian leaders and the Mission Indian Federation, is being revised for University of Oklahoma Press. 
It is from this research and upcoming book that he will tell "The Political Intrigue of Juan Antonio."

6 p.m. Monday, January 19
Dorothy Ramon Learning Center
17 W. Hays, Banning, CA
The Dragonfly Lecture is FREE. We're grateful in these tough economic times for donations at the door.

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