Special Evening Event with California Historical Society and Bill Cole

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California Historical Society
05:45 PM
Family & Children, Lecture / Discussion
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Special Evening Event with California Historical Society and  Bill Cole
 March 8, 2018 at the California Historical Society
The California Genealogical Society and the California Historical Society are hosting a special event at the California Historical Society on Thursday, March 8, 2018 when we will celebrate our shared history and collaborative missions. Access to two of California Historical Society’s wonderful exhibits and a special speaker, Bill Cole will be highlights of the evening.
Bill Cole will talk about a fascinating only-in-California event, the 1864 Bullion Bend Stagecoach Robbery.  This amazing Wild West caper occurred during the Civil War’s final year. It was front-page news that captured the country’s attention.
These incredible events unfolded right in our backyard, from San Jose to Sacramento to Placerville. Genealogist Bill Cole, a relative of one of the perpetrators, dug deep into the California State Archives to uncover the full story. The treasure trove of information he found tells an amazing story, where fact is truly stranger than fiction.
Doors open at 5:45 pm with a reception and access to the exhibits described below. Bill’s talk, “Bullion Bend: Confederate Stagecoach Robbers, Murder Trials, & the California Supreme Court -- Oh, My!” begins at 6:45 pm.
The California Historical Society is located at 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, within short distance of the Montgomery Street BART station. For map, directions, public transit (recommended) click here.
  CHS is showing these rare genealogical collections
from its archive during the reception:
Alexander Hamilton: Treasures from the New-York Historical Society

The extraordinary life and prolific career of Alexander Hamilton (1757–1804) continue to captivate the American public more than two centuries after his death. Drawing from the    collections of the New-York Historical Society and JP Morgan Chase bank, this exhibition presents original artifacts and documents—many never before seen on the West Coast—that illuminate Hamilton's role in shaping the legal, economic, and political systems at the foundation of the modern United States.
Meanwhile out West: Colonizing California, 1769–1821

At least 300,000 indigenous people lived in Alta California, as it was once known, when the Spanish Crown asserted sovereignty over the territory in 1769. In the ensuing five decades, Spain left an enduring imprint on the Native peoples, the landscape and on California's cultural heritage. This exhibition explores the period through manuscripts, books, paintings, and artifacts from the California Historical Society's collections.

 Bill Cole, M.A. Bill is a passionate genealogist who has vigorously pursued his family history since 1980. His genealogy exploits include being the first person to document the English parents of his immigrant 8th great grandfather from the 16th Century. He has uncovered ancestors born at sea, a shipwrecked survivor pardoned from a death sentence who survived Jamestown, two Mayflower ancestors, multiple Revolutionary War patriots on both sides, and  other fascinating characters – including one involved in a California stagecoach robbery.  Bill is a member of the Mayflower Society and the Vice President of the Sacramento German Genealogical Society. He recently served on the International German Genealogical Partnership’s International Conference Executive Committee. 
Pre-registration is required. Audience size is limited so register early. 
The event is free for members of either society. CGS members, register above, at the top of this listing as usual.
CHS members should register at the CHS Registration Site. 
Non-members can register for a fee of $5.00*.
Credit card  payments will be processed by Eventbrite.
 *Event fee is non-refundable.


  1. California Historical Society 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA