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San Diego in Serra’s Time Lectures

One big subject, lots of interest, two great lectures.

When Europeans settled what is today San Diego County, they began colonizing a region already inhabited by native peoples with complex and sophisticated societies. This interaction inevitably altered the ways of life of those individuals, and set forth the permanent European settlement of our region. While the mission system itself has provided numerous opportunities for debate, it was an institution that shaped the early part of California’s history and has had lasting effects, both intended and unintended. This program will examine those effects and how they continue to shape our community today.

Join us as four lecturers discuss this period of European contact, each from their own expert perspective that will give a glimpse into the struggles surrounding this collision of cultures and how, despite the past, all parties involved have woven their way into the diverse fabric representative of our region.

Due to the popularity of this program and our limited seating at the Junípero Serra Museum , we will be offering it on two dates: July 14, 2016 and September 15, 2016

Lecturers for both events are:
  • Larry Banegas – a member from the Barona Reservation, and Kumeyaay and Luiseno discussing the life of the Kumeyaay who lived near and interacted with the San Diego Mission de Alcalá.
  • Iris Engstrand, Ph.D. – scholar of Spain in the New World, author, and local historian
  • Maggie Espinosa – travel journalist and author of the book On a Mission: An 800-mile Walk to Discover California’s El Camino Real
  • Abel Silvas – local historian, story teller, and Southern California Mission Indian/Californio of the Acjachemen Nation and descendent with a lineage that spans the native, Spanish, Mexican, and American periods

All lectures will be held at the Junípero Serra Museum.

Reception includes wine, beer, and light hors d’ouevres. Prior ticket purchase is required.


6:00 – 6:30pm – Reception (light snacks, beer, wine), meet & greet with lecturers
6:40 – 7:40 – Lecture
7:40 – 8:00pm – Booksigning and event closes

San Diego History Center
Thursday, July 14, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 15, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 SDHC Members; $25 nonmembers
Light Reception


July 14, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$20 – $25
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Junípero Serra Museum
2727 Presidio Drive
San Diego, CA 92103 United States
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San Diego History Center
(619) 232-6203 ext. 111