CLAS Summer Institute for Teachers

"Remembering Alta California, Remaking the Past"

June 26-28, 2006

Joaquin Murrieta


Monday, June 26  
8:30-8:50 Sign-in — coffee, pastries

Institute Overview

Dionicia Ramos and Lilian Pedrosa, CLAS


Romancing the Myth: Early California History and Its Interpretive Dilemmas

Alex Saragoza, Associate Professor of History, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

This session provides an overview of the problems of interpretation that attend the discussion of early California history. Particular attention will be given to the Spanish and Mexican era of California and the aftermath of the war between the U.S. and Mexico, 1846-1848. The session will frame the discussion that will be continued by subsequent presenters.



The Franciscan Missions of Alta California: A Brief Overview

Kent Lightfoot, Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley; Curator of North American Archaeology, Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology

This session examines the development and expansion of the Franciscan mission system with a focus on four themes: the reasons why Spain decided to colonize Alta California and how this colonial plan was implemented; the relationship between the missions, presidios and pueblos; the recruitment and enculturation of California Indians; and the spatial layout and economy of the missions.
12:00-1:00 Lunch

Mexico, Missions and Nation-Building: Manifest Destiny at the Border

Alex Saragoza, Associate Professor of History, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

This session explores the issues that surrounded the secularization of the missions in (Alta) California. Economic, political and ideological questions of Mexican independence will be addressed, taking into account relevant international currents as well as the sources of U.S. expansionist moves toward its southern neighbor. Salient cultural issues will also be examined, including notions of identity and nationality within so-called Californio society.

2:15-2:30 Break

California Indians and the California Curriculum

Edward Castillo, Associate Professor of Native American Studies, Sonoma State University

This presentation will cover a broad section of issues involving California Indians from the colonial Spanish/Mexican occupation periods to the Gold Rush. The federal–state government relationship in the 20 th century will also be explored. The aim is to provide K-12 teachers with resources and information for classroom application.

Tuesday, June 27  

Primary Sources From Spanish California: A Visit to the Bancroft Library (Meet at Bancroft)

Theresa Salazar, Curator of The Bancroft Collection, Western Americana

The site visit will include a look at actual artifacts from the colonial period through the 19 th century — manuscripts, photographs and pictorial material and the land case maps — which all have rich documentary potential. We will also explore the Bancroft’s online resources which complement the themes covered throughout the workshop and can be used by teachers in their classrooms.

10:30-10:45 Walk to lecture hall

Guerrilla War and Gold: The Transformation of Alta California

Lisbeth Haas, Associate Professor of History, UC Santa Cruz

Californios fought a dramatic guerilla war against the American forces in l846–47 and were among the first to the gold fields in l848. Despite the protections agreed to in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mexican Californians lost the majority of their land and had to defend their civil and property rights through the late 19 th century. This talk examines the rapid changes that defined the era. 

12:00-1:00 Lunch provided by CLAS

Ramona Memories: Tourism and the Shaping of Southern California

Dydia Delyser, Associate Professor of Geography, Louisiana State University

The popularity of Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1884 novel Ramona saturated southern California’s landscape with Ramona-related tourist attractions and ultimately inspired a romanticized false past for the region. This talk will re-examine the landscape, the novel and previous scholarly interpretations to uncover how tourism and boosterism intertwined to create, not simply a false past, but rather a new social memory for the region.


Walk to Hearst Museum


Native Californian Cultures Exhibition

Lisa Bruemmer, Museum Educator, The Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Visitors will tour the Native Californian Cultures exhibition which is drawn from the Museum’s permanent California collection, the world’s largest and most comprehensive devoted to this region. Educators will also be introduced to the Hearst Museum’s teaching kit program which includes topics like “Ishi: A Yahi Indian” and “California Indian Food and Culture.”

Wednesday, June 28  

Landscape of Stories: Peralta Hacienda Historical Park
(Meet at Peralta Historical Site)

Holly Alonso, Executive Director of the Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park

The session will unfold the hidden history of Peralta Hacienda, the headquarters of the 45,000 acre Spanish and Mexican era land grant that covered most of Alameda County until after the Gold Rush. This is a many-layered story of changing patterns on the land, changing concepts of race, transformations of culture and unique individuals covering the period from 1750 to 1900.

11:30-11:45 Evaluation
11:45-12:45 Lunch on your own

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