“The Mystery of Laguna Dolores” – Randall Museum, April 21st, 7:30 PM
I strongly recommend you go see Christopher Richards, Curator of Aquatic Biology at the Oakland Museum of California, speak tonight at 7:30 on the lagoon that wasn’t:
Here’s another chance to hear Christopher Richard’s story about the founding of San Francisco and the mythological Laguna Dolores. The historical maps provide the foundation of the argument, supplemented by journals of the early founders. An understanding of water and landscape is key. He’ll bring maps and sources to inspect, so you can check it out for yourself.
Christopher’s story was well presented in the Mission Loc@l blog by Hadley Robinson (ed: hooray!), and misrepresented (ed: grrrrr!) in the SF Chronicle by Carle Nolte (corrections follow in the comments).
Christopher Richards is an excellent and entertaining speaker, and his slides are great. There was some serious drama between the Jesuit priests and the Spanish soldiers leading the expedition.
(If you can’t make it tonight, “The final presentation of this lecture will be at Mission Dolores on June 25th, in the afternoon.”)