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CANCELLED: Genealogical Society Lecture Series @ Downtown

CANCELLED: Genealogical Society Lecture Series @ Downtown

CANCELLED - Based on direction from the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency, and out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending all  events that may have an audience of 50 or more people. It has been a difficult decision, but we are also suspending all toddler times, storytimes, and Tales to Tails programs.  For details on particular programs, please consult our Calendar of Events https://www.santacruzpl.org/calendar/.  For more information about how the library is handling the situation, please visit our website https://www.santacruzpl.org/ 

The Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County presents the 2019-2020 Genealogy Lecture Series. Join us the first Tuesday of each month to learn about a variety of resources, strategies, and tools in the field of family research. All are invited to these free events, and donations are welcome. For more information, please call the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County (831) 427-7707 extension 5794. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Show more dates
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Downtown Upstairs Meeting Room

Evergreen Cemetery: Reversing a Cherished Myth

Guest Speaker: Traci Bliss

How much effort did it take to dislodge deeply embedded but inaccurate cemetery history? Professor Bliss will discuss her unusual research process followed by compelling stories: people of Evergreen Cemetery — born in the 19th century — who helped define Santa Cruz. Learn about prominent musicians and artists ardently committed to the community, resilient Chinese and the pioneer families who supported them, and the women who defied social norms to make enduring contributions.

Traci Bliss, who serves on the Historic Presentation Commission, is an awardwinning emerita professor of education and author of several books including Santa Cruz’s Seabright with Randall Brown. Her forthcoming book Evergreen Cemetery of Santa Cruz (Arcadia History Press, May 2019) captures the diverse range of interconnected lives at Evergreen beginning with its creation in 1858. Her ancestors — the Imus family — donated land for Evergreen Cemetery and began settling in Santa Cruz in the late 1840s. Bliss is the 7th generation of Imus women to live here.

Her BA, MA, and PhD degrees are from Stanford and she holds an MPA from the LBJ School, University of Texas at Austin.

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