Event Detail

BRIEF LIVES OF THE NORTH BAY: The Man Who Was Torn by the Bear and The Body Found in the Laguna
at 7:00 PM
Two men, one in 1833 and one in 1878, worked in the region north of San Pablo Bay that we know as Sonoma County. Both died violently and unexpectedly and both were buried in unmarked graves. Both of these men died where they did and when they did because of their participation in the continuing scramble to control and to exploit the land and the resources of northwestern North America and the opportunities offered by the region’s location on the Pacific shore.

Dr. Daniel Markwyn, Professor Emeritus in history at Sonoma State University, will weave the scanty particulars of these two men’s lives into the larger history of nineteenth century Sonoma County and show how two obscure and under-documented events, widely separated in time and hardly noticed in the documentary record can reveal patterns and connections and deepen our understanding of Sonoma County’s history. 

Dr. Markwyn did a short stint as a lecturer at Sonoma State University in 1967, but returned in 1970 after earning his doctorate from Cornell University. He remained at SSU teaching courses in American and California history until his retirement in 2001. Among the papers he has delivered are “Americanizing Early Sonoma County: A Process and a Place” and “The Long Reach of the Search for Luxury, Warmth, and Profit: The Sonoma County Region and the Nineteenth-Century Fur Trade."

This event will be held at the University of San Francisco's Santa Rosa Campus located at:

416 B Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(two blocks away from the Sonoma County Museum)

Online registration ends on March 27th at 5:00pm. 
Tickets will be available for purchase at the door starting at 6:30pm on the evening of the event.