The traditional book club reimagined as an inclusive public program that anyone can take part in, whether or not they’ve read the book. Enjoy contextualizing remarks by Presidio Trust historian, Dr. Barbara Berglund Sokolov, and then either participate in or listen to the facilitated discussion of both the book and the general topic that follows. Think of this as part book club, part graduate seminar, part Parisian salon.
Saturday, February 16, 1 to 3 pmOwen Matthews, Glorious Misadventures: Nikolai Rezanov and the Dream of a Russian America (Bloomsbury, 2013).
In 1806, the crew of the Russian ship the Juno stopped off at the Presidio, desperate to obtain supplies for the struggling colony at Sitka. While here, the Juno’s commander, Nikolai Rezanov, a nobleman and statesman and Concepcíon Arguello, the commandante’s daughter, got engaged. Explore Russia’s ill-fated quest for a Pacific empire and this epic, also ill-fated, Presidio love story in this history that traverses both oceans and worlds.
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