Sorry I dropped the ball here at the Bidwell blog. I’m ready to get back to blogging, although I’m not making any big promises. But I should be showing up occasionally with some tidbits about John Bidwell and his world.
An announcement! Next Sunday, January 27th, is the date for the annual meeting of the Bidwell Mansion Society at the Visitor’s Center at Bidwell Mansion SHP. You don’t have to be a member to attend, although we welcome new members.
There will be a reception for members at 5:30 p.m. followed by a meeting at 6:00. New board members will be introduced, departing ones will be extolled, and the revised by-laws will be presented for a vote of approval. Then on to the speaker–
The guest speaker is Valerie Sherer Mathes, professor of history at City College of San Francisco. A specialist in American women’s history and Native American history, she is the author of Helen Hunt Jackson and Her Indian Reform Legacy, coauthor (with Richard Lowitt) of The Standing Bear Controversy: Prelude to Indian Reform, and editor of The Indian Reform Letters of Helen Hunt Jackson.
Her newest book is Divinely Guided: The California Work of the Women’s National Indian Association, published in 2012 by Texas Tech University Press. The WNIA was a favorite cause of Annie Bidwell, and the book contains chapters on Annie’s work with the Mechoopda Indians and the WNIA’s famous Indian boarding school in Greenville, Plumas County.
See you there!