(Hall) Jan 25 2022
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About The Event
To start out 2022, the Sacramento Historical Society will be presenting two individuals to bring our shared historical heritage to life. Hoping to take advantage of a fruitful relationship between CSUS and the SHS, the event's presenters have both studied and shaped local history and look forward to showcasing a creative and informative program.
During “GoldenEnlightenment Capitol Fountainhead”, Gregg Lukenbill will let you in on the best kept secret about Sacramento – the mercurial history of Sacramento itself! The global Gold Rush immigration triggered the greatest national economic expansion with the Sacramento River Delta swamplands reclamation helping to rapidly create the 31st state on the Pacific Ocean as a free state. The eastbound transcontinental railroad was initiated from Sacramento. California’s Capital City inspired myriad argonaut entrepreneurs, those who moved to California during the Gold Rush of 1849, combining a secular STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) university educational system with turbine-powered, long-range transmission of electricity. Our Gold Rush-initiated enlightenment values created CAL, Stanford and CSU to form the world’s largest system of higher education and the wealthiest American state.
Native Sacramentan Gregg Lukenbill is a proud CSUS Outstanding Graduate Student and Distinguished Service Award recipient, lifelong historian and Sacramento businessman.
Dr. James Armstead will be presenting a Chautauqua performance of Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), American educator, author, orator and adviser to several U.S. presidents. From 1890 until his death, Washington was a leader in the African-American community. Coming from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery, he became a vocal proponent for former slaves and their descendants.
The 1874 Chautauqua Living History Institution has 19 franchises in the U.S. and Canada, as well as a national traveling road show. SHS is working with our Capital University to bring a Chautauqua Living History franchise to CSUS as part of the Anchor University Initiative outreach engagement into our regional community.
James H. Armstead, Jr., J.D., Ph.D., has been presenting historical characterizations for 30 years and portrays over 23 Chautauqua characters. He taught international law, strategy and national security policy for over 40 years and is a retired professor from the U.S. Naval War College.