Dr. William Estrada - Curator of California and American History and Chair of the History Department at the LA Natural History Museum
$42 - Online Advance Reservations
$45 - At the Door for Rotarians and Guests
$13 - Non-Diners (members only)
$8 - Parking
$12 - Alcohol
Please note that advance online tickets must be purchased by 3pm on the Thursday prior to the Friday meeting.
Dr. William Estrada - Curator of California and American History and Chair of the History Department at the LA Natural History MuseumGet Tickets
Dr. William Estrada is Curator of California and American History and Chair of the History Department for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He is a social and cultural historian, specializing in 19th and early 20th century Los Angeles. Prior to coming to the Natural History Museum in 2006, he served as Curator of History for the City of Los Angeles at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, the historic birthplace of the city. He is a native Angeleno and has taught at several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area, including Occidental College where he also served as Assistant Dean of Students. Dr. Estrada is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at USC.
His 2008 book, The Los Angeles Plaza: Sacred and Contested Space received the annual California Book Award’s Gold Medal for history by the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, which is the state’s oldest and most prestigious book award, as well as the National Book Award by the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. His current research examines early 20th century prize fighting in Los Angeles and Jewish, Italian and Mexican American urban identity.
His talk today explores the events and personalities that led to the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct and Museum of History, Art and Science (today’s Natural History Museum) just one day apart on November 5th & 6th, 1913 and ushered in modern Los Angeles.
Dr. William Estrada will be accompanied by Dinna Pitt, Curator of the Leonis Adobe Museum.