Enriching History - The California Gold Rush and Freemasonry

posted May 30, 2015, 8:33 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 8:33 PM ]
On November 16, the San Jose Scottish Rite Center will host a satellite viewing for the second annual Colloquium - Enriching History. This year, Enriching History will explore the California Gold Rush and the involvement and influence of Freemasonry. 
The Gold Rush was accompanied by the founding of a remarkable number of Masonic lodges in California, which provided prospectors with an important source of community and friendship. Some of these lodges were made up of men who traveled together from the east coast and had been members of lodges there. We can even physically see the influence of these groups, when we look at old mining districts such as "Masonic", now a ghost town, located near Bridgeport, California. This presentation is designed to appeal to the interest of Freemasons as well as educators, friends, family and everyone who has an interest in both American and Masonic History. It will be in the auditorium, shown on our 14x14 foot screen, with comfortable chairs to sit in. So come and spend a Fun and Informative time with you Scottish Rite Brothers! We look forward to having you with us!

A light lunch will be provided during the break. 
Dress; casual. Make reservations by calling the office at: 408-978-7483
Schedule of Events

9:00 AM In Gathering, Social Interaction and Seat Selection
9:30 AM    Opening Address - Grand Master Russell Charvonia and Guillermo De Los Reyes, Co-Chair
9:45 AM    Albert L. Hurtado - John Sutter and the Gold Rush: How to Lose a Fortune in a Hurry
10:30 AM Gary Kurutz - The Gold Rush in Making America
11:15 AM Music of the Gold Rush presented by CW Bayer
12:00 PM Lunch Break
12:45 PM Ava F. Kahn - Jewish Voices of the California Gold Rush: Transnational Traditions
1:30 PM JoAnn Levy - Women were Forty-Niners, too!
2:15 PM Music of the Gold Rush presented by CW Bayer
3:00 PM Closing Panel - What Does It Mean for Us Now?