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Enriching History

San Francisco Colloquium- Enriching History
The California Gold Rush and the Freemasons

enriching history


November 16, 2014

Scottish Rite Masonic Center, San Francisco California

Enriching History aims to be part of a new series enriching American Studies and social science teaching, deepening interest in the American saga by showing new ways of looking at our past. The series' mission is to influence the ways in which we learn and discuss the various experiences that have produced an ever-evolving country. The program brings together a diverse group of individuals who believe in the wide dissemination of, and attention being paid to, scholarly works on important historical events and figures. This year we are honored to have Ava F. Kahn, Gary Kurutz, JoAnn Levy, and Albert L. Hurtado joining our program as esteemed speakers. We also have the pleasure of having CW Bayer of NevadaMusic to discuss and showcase the musical history of the period. We invite you to listen to his talented offerings such as The Arrival of the Greenhorn and Seeing the Elephant, along with a number of other various titles availble on his YouTube channel
The Gold Rush was accompanied by the founding of a remarkable number of Masonic lodges, which provided the prospectors with an important source of community and friendship. Some of these lodges were made up of men who traveled together from the east coast and had been members of lodges there. We can even physically see the influence of these groups, when we take a look at old mining districts such as "Masonic", now a ghost town, located near Bridgeport, California. Enriching History offers those with a limited knowledge of the Masonic involvement a unique chance to see Masonic temples with their rich historical heritage.
Organized in cooperation with the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of California, this year's Enriching History conference looks to explore the California Gold Rush and the involvment and influence of the Freemasons. This annual seminar is for social science educators and all persons interested in aspects of social history in America. Light refreshments and lunch will be provided, free of charge. 
Below you will find information on the schedule of events. We hope that you will be able to join us at this exciting and informative event!
SF ScottishRite
Venue of the Enriching History Colloquium, The San Francisco Scottish Rite Masonic Center
Schedule of Events, November 16, 2014-
Enriching History- The California Gold Rush and the Freemasons 
9:00AM....Registration Begins, Continental Breakfast
9:30AM....Opening Address, Grand Master Russell Charvonia and Guillermo De Los Reyes, Co-Chair

9:45AM....Albert L. Hurtado, John Sutter and the Gold Rush: How to Lose a Fortune in a Hurry

10:30AM...Gary Kurutz, The Gold Rush in Making America

11:15AM...Music of the Gold Rush presented by CW Bayer

12:00PM...Lunch Break

12:45PM...Ava F. Kahn, Jewish Voices of the California Gold Rush: Transnational Traditions

1:30PM....JoAnn Levy, Women were Forty-Niners, too!

2:15PM....Music of the Gold Rush presented by CW Bayer

3:00PM....Closing Panel, What Does It Mean for Us Now?
For more information about our Enriching History Series, contact Daniel Gutierrez, PSO Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Although this event is free to the public, we require a proper headcount for seating and catering purposes. Please e-mail Whitney Shepard at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP for you, and any guests, who plan to attend.
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