Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Jose Rivera
"Seabee History and Tradition: The Difficult We Do Immediately, the Impossible Takes a Bit Longer "
The U. S. Navy Seabee Museum that is located in Port Hueneme, is one of fifteen official U. S. Navy museums. It contains an assortment of world war memorabilia, as well as various operational records, battalion histories, manuscripts, oral histories, biographies, and personal papers about the Seabees. Jose Rivera’s talk will focus on why the Seabees were formed, what they have done since their beginnings in World War II, what records exist for researchers, and what you can see at the museum.
Jose Rivera's journey as a museum professional to the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum includes California State Parks & National Parks Service, Director of Education at the Marin Museum of the American Indian, Director of Heritage Center on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and the Curator of Exhibits for Heritage Square in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and is a Vietnam veteran. He arrived at the Seabee Museum in September of 2016. He says he "greatly enjoys working with the community on behalf of the Seabee Museum, working with active duty and retired Seabees, and the wonderful museum staff".
Workshop following the lecture:
"Acquiring a Sense of Place: Using Maps & Gazetteers to Build Family Stories."
Presenter: Lyn Gesch
This topic is driven for me by wondering how my ancestors felt at home in a place, why they chose to live and work somewhere, especially if that place was problematic for them. The question of what draws people to a place and gives them some sense of belonging has many aspects to it and can’t be fully answered in one workshop, but I want to suggest that maps and gazetteers can be very helpful tools in trying to puzzle that out, and I will show you some examples of how that has worked in research I’ve done.
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public.
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo.
The new Mexican American Special Interest Group will be holding its first organizational meeting at noon at the library. Consult the Events Calendar for more details.
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