The 2014 season kicks off with a musically entertaining visit from humorist and author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, also known as Mark Twain. Pat Kaunert, portraying Twain, is accompanied by musician Dave Rainwater.
An Evening with Hugh Liang: Eyewitness to the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake & Fire
Tuesday, February 4th, 7pm
The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and subsequent fire destroyed nearly all of Chinatown. Unknown numbers of the 14,000 Chinatown residents were killed in the fire and the rest were displaced from their homes. The role of Chinatown resident Hugh Liang, eyewitness to the devastating fire, will be portrayed by Charlie Chin.
An Evening with Author Steve Minnear: Dublin & The Tri-Valley, The WWII Years
Tuesday, March 11th, 7pm
Steve Minnear is the author of the new Arcadia Publishing book on the military base and hospital activities in Camp Parks and Camp Shoemaker of Dublin during WWII. Minnear will speak about his research for the book, will show rarely seen images from the period, and will discuss how the WWII shaped the landscape of Pleasanton. Books will be available for purchase and signature following the program.
An Evening with Seabiscuit Historian: Jani Buron
Tuesday, April 8th, 7pm
Gallop down history lane with Jani Buron, author of “The Spirit of Seabiscuit.” Seabiscuit spent a short time on the race track in Pleasanton at the racetrack in while it was too muddy to train at the other Bay Area tracks. Buron, a former Pleasanton resident, recollects her life on Ridgewood Ranch, in Willits, California, in the 1940s along with the top money-winning champion of his time, Seabiscuit, and his owners Charles S. and Marcela Howard.
An Evening with Civil War Researcher Ernie Manzo: Bay Area Civil War Batteries & Forts
Tuesday, May 13th, 7pm
Civil War researcher Ernie Manzo discusses the Civil War Era batteries and forts that surrounded the San Francisco Bay Area. Most notable was the Presidio, the nerve center of a coastal defense system that included Fort Point, Alcatraz and Angel Island.
An Evening with King Henry VIII
Tuesday, June 10th, 7pm
Once described as one of the most charismatic rulers to sit on the English throne, King Henry VIII is known in modern times for his six marriages and his role in the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. Frank Mullen, journalism teacher at the University of Nevada, portrays King Henry VIII.
An Evening with Donner Party Survivor: Margaret Breen
Tuesday, July 8th, 7pm
Dr. Doris Dwyer takes the stage as Margaret Breen, a member of the ill-fated Donner Party. Breen joined the California wagon train of 81 pioneers who in 1846 found themselves trapped in the snow in the Sierra Nevada. Dwyer is a PhD in American History and is a history professor for Western Nevada College.
An Evening with Henry Ford
Tuesday, August 12th, 7pm
American cultural history professor Dr. Doug Mishler takes the stage as American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford. As Ford, Mishler will explore Ford’s many sides including his support of welfare capitalism and his political positions during WWI and WWII.