The Livermore Public Library and the Livermore Heritage Guild present Then & Now: Livermore Stories, a local history lecture series. Edwin Contreras will give a lecture entitled “The Forgotten Hispanic Settlements & Inhabitants of the Livermore Valley Before & After the Gold Rush” on Wednesday, October 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Library Community Rooms.
A majority of Hispanic settlements in the Bay Area were displaced by the arrival of newcomers during the Gold Rush of 1848. Due to its relative remoteness and isolation, the Livermore Valley remained one of the last places where these communities continued to survive and coexist. Edwin Contreras will discuss how census records, newspaper articles, traveler diaries, and other sources enable us to learn more about these communities. An active Livermore Heritage Guild member and volunteer, Edwin holds an M.A. in History with a concentration in Public History from CSU East Bay. His most recent research relates to the legacy of the Mexican land grants and the Rancho era of the Bay Area.