San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The true story of the Cinco de Mayo Holiday bears little resemblance to today's celebrations viewed by many as a Mexican Holiday.
Cinco de Mayo is a U.S. Holiday paying tribute to the two flags of the U.S. and Mexico which flew together at all early annual celebrations of this achievement. In the 1800s the photos on stage and the Holiday speeches were dedicated equally between Lincoln and the Mexican war heroes.
Learn the well documented story of the Californio Juntas who fought a U.S. Civil War battle on multiple fronts -- fighting with the North against the Confederacy; fighting with Juarez against the French; and marshaling California forces to prevent the division of California into two states (divided at the Mason Dixon Line) with Southern California becoming a slave state. Learn about the fundraising technique the Californios used to buy arms, uniforms and send soldiers forth to battle in the name of the preservation of freedom for its citizens. Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, Executive Director of the UC Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture will be giving a series of 20 minute lectures from 10 a.m. until noon. Copies of the University of California Press book "Cinco de Mayo" will be available for signing by the author.
Dr. Hayes-Bautista will speak in the theater in English at 10 and 11 ; His 10:30 a.m. lecture will be in Spanish. He will give a talk for youth at 11:25 that will not have any Q&A as he must leave at 11:45.His senior researcher will remain to answer questions and possibly give another talk in English at noon.
Historian Ernest Marquez will speak in the Main Salon at 10:30 and 11:30 as a descendant of Rancho Boca de Santa Monica and will introduce yuu to the Mexican Rancho Era, then transfer you to the Chapel where you will learn about "Birth, Death, Religion on a Mexican Rancho."
Docents will be conducting tours of the historic Mojica Hacienda Botanical gardens from 10:30-1:00 for participants signed up for the lecture education programs only..
Desserts and Mexican games for the children will be going on from 11:00-1
A tour of the Rancho Era Cemetery will take place at 1:15 pm.
Families with children too young to sit still for a 20 minute lecture can come for the 11:00 talk as we'll have volunteers helping with the children playing Mexican games .The 11:25 talk is for families with children old enough to be attentive. Refreshments will include typical Mexican desserts and soft drinks. This free to the public event is sponsored in part by The Squid and Squash Foundation bringing Rancho Era education to the families of our comm
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La Señora Research Institute
La Señora reconnects our community to its history via interactive, historically accurate educational programs to intrigue all age and demographic groups; we have significant outreach to low income and minority communities. Our resources entice the diverse historical community into collaborative endeavors.
The site's anthropological layers unearth changes each Era brought to one small Mexican Rancho. In the early 19th Century our focus narrows to an artistic and social mecca -- a single Hacienda built on former Rancho land -- the residence of a series of "Old Hollywood" Legends; designed by John Byers, built in the 1920s by one of Edison’s Three Tenors - Jose Mojica’s Music Salon is the site of our chamber music; the 1930-40's brought the Hacienda Anita Loos's eclectic Santa Monica Canyon Salons; then Lyle Wheeler (David Selznick's Art Director) made the hacienda his home. The over 600 films produced by these three former residents are screened in our 50-seat theater.