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Santa Clara’s Californio Community

Did you know that there was a vibrant community of people living here before Santa Clara became a city in 1852, even before the American families arrived in 1847? City Historian Lorie Garcia will discuss who these people were, how they came to own private land, and why they came here. She will describe their lives here and where they lived. Join us to learn more about our local history. 

Lorie Garcia is the City Historian for the City of Santa Clara. Among the recognition she has received for her work is a State of California, Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation. Ms. Garcia is a published author of books on local history and has written numerous books and articles on California history.

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