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Wine & Lecture: Coronado's Empire Builder John D. Spreckels

December 3 - December 3, 2020

The Coronado Historical Association is honored to host historian, Dr. Sandra Bonura, on December 3rd for a special free virtual Wine & Lecture. Dr. Bonura will be sharing the stories behind the man and the legacy of John D. Spreckels. This empire-builder helped develop Coronado into a thriving resort town after careers in sugar, shipping, and transportation. Revered, but not without controversy, his legacy is in Coronado's cultural heritage and architectural remnants. 

Join us on ZOOM or Facebook Live! Registration for the ZOOM webinar is now open. Follow this link to register for the ZOOM webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_s3Qr6DKXSgeLodUwFfFByA

The lecture will also be streamed through Facebook Live. The Facebook Live video can be found by going to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1515186122202785/ BYOB to this free virtual lecture.

Dr. Bonura's "Empire Builder" is available for purchase from the Museum Store. Order online at https://coronadohistory.org/shop/product/empire-builder-john-d-spreckels-the-making-of-san-diego/. Get your copy today!

DR. SANDRA BONURA is a proud native San Diegan. Sandee’s mother worked at North Island for her entire career, so Coronado played an important role growing up. She is a frequent storyteller and lecturer on the importance of using a multitude of primary sources to gain perspective on historical events.  She’s at her happiest when she is hunting treasures in archives across the country. Sandee is the author of four published works based on found treasures: Light in The Queen's Garden: Ida May Pope, Pioneer for Hawai'i's Daughters won the 2019 top award for “Excellence in Non-Fiction”; "Queen Lili'uokalani's Beloved Kawaiaha'o Seminary," "Lydia K. Aholo—Her Story, Recovering the Lost Voice" and award-winning An American Girl in the Hawaiian Islands: Letters of Carrie Prudence Winter 1890-1893. She is now promoting her fall 2020 biography, “Empire Builder: John D. Spreckels and the Making of San Diego."

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