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SD101 Californio Women of Old Town San Diego

TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2022  |  12:00PM – 1:00PM  |  ON ZOOM

The Californios lived in the town of San Diego during the time it was part of Mexico (1821-1850). When you read about the history of the Californios, you rarely learn anything about the women of that time and place. The women of Californio families combined Native, Spanish, and American lifestyles to make this period of American history one of our most diverse and culturally significant, and the Californio women of San Diego are part of a hidden history.

If the written histories do not include a group of people, does that mean they had only a marginal or trivial role? Join Dr. Susan Hector in this fascinating exploration of under-presented history to uncover the essential contribution of women to the frontier colony, including establishment of gardens and orchards, family and community counseling, cooking, textile production (spinning, weaving, sewing), medical care for the family and community, religious instruction, and education. 

Speaker and bio:
Dr. Susan Hector received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from UCLA, and spent her career as an archaeologist (Registered Professional Archaeologist #15574). Susan has received many awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for California Archaeology. Her work in historic preservation has been honored with 3 Governor’s Awards. She co-authored SB 1034, which amended the California Environmental Quality Act to add penalties for damage to cultural resources on public lands. In her retirement she serves on several nonprofit and corporate boards, and is President of the Center for Research in Traditional Culture of the Americas. She serves as the Historian for the San Diego Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and volunteers in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and at the House of Scotland, Balboa Park. 


This event is FREE. Guests will receive a confirmation following registration.


March 8, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


Virtual Event
CA United States