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'Empire Builder: John D. Spreckels and the Making of San Diego' Lecture

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 12 PM

Join us as we look behind the scenes through a colorful slide show at the pioneering legacy of John Spreckels with historian Dr. Sandra Bonura. She authored the newly released biography, "Empire Builder: John D. Spreckels and the Making of San Diego."

About the book: After “discovering” the bankrupt village of San Diego, in 1887, he left everything behind to follow his heart. His moves were so decisive and sweeping that within a few years, he virtually controlled the majority of all San Diego’s industry. He was at the forefront of innovation and at the top of the 20th century, one in fifteen San Diegans worked for a Spreckels-owned company. After this presentation, you will wonder: “Why is this empire builder all but forgotten today in San Diego?”

Date | Saturday, May 14 at noon

Location | Online via Zoom

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