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The Benicia Historical society began in 1973.  The purpose of the society is to bring together people interested in the history of Benicia and California.  The society works to preserve the history and heritage of our city for future generations.  Our goal is to enhance historic Benicia through education, communication and community involvement.

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Benicia Historical Society

 

 PRESENTS

 

Speaker Series April 19, 2018

 

 GOLD MOUNTAIN:

The 19th Century Chinese Immigrant Experience in
California and Solano County

 
By Greg Tilles
 

Pushed from their homeland during the mid-1800s by a massive civil war and catastrophic natural disasters, legions of Chinese immigrants made their way across the Pacific to California.  Initially attracted by the lure of the Mother Lode, some 25,000 Chinese – mostly young men – had reached, by 1852, the land they called Gum San (“Gold Mountain”).  Their numbers increased over the rest of the century as they would continue to comprise around 10 percent of the state’s total population.  The California Chinese would eventually move from gold mining to other occupations like railroad builders, agricultural workers, fishermen, service providers, farmers, and business owners.  In the face of deepening discrimination, racism, violent attacks, and federal exclusion policies, they would form Chinatowns and struggle to develop local Chinese communities in much of California.  A number of these immigrants, in turn, would find their way into the towns and farms of Solano County.

Greg Tilles will present a picture of the larger 19th century California Chinese experience and explain how it was reflected in the lives of local Chinese immigrants in Solano County.

 

Professor Tilles has taught US and California history at Diablo Valley College for over 30 years.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science at UC Davis and did his graduate work in history at UC Berkeley.  He has long been active in the Benicia Historical Society, currently sitting on it’s board and serving as it’s historian.

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM


Camellia Tea Room
828 1st St., Benicia, California 94510

 

For information:  Larry J. Miller at 707-290-4377

 

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We will NOT be having the home tour in 2018!
 

Check back for future possible home tours.

 

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    ABOUT US

    The Benicia Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1973.


    P.O. Box 2393
    Benicia, CA 94510

    707-290-4377

    www.BeniciaHistoricalSociety.org
    EMAIL:
    info@BeniciaHistoricalSociety.org

    BHS BOARD

    PRESIDENT
    Larry J. Miller
    VICE-PRESIDENT
    Wally Stephens
    RECORDING SECRETARY
    Bobbi Enderlin
    CORRESPONDING SECRETARY
    Yolanda Wallace
    HISTORIAN
    Greg Tilles
    TREASURER
    Kathy Griffin
    DIRECTORS
    Mike Caplin
    Kerry K. Carney
    Jerry Hayes
    Sue Hayes
    David Hyde
    Belinda Smith
    PAST PRESIDENT
    Bonnie Silveria