History Happy Hour: The Occupation of Catalina Island

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Come Sip! Snack! And, Socialize! Join the discussion with Historian Steve Batham as he tells the story of the Union Army’s Occupation of Catalina Island During the Civil War. Just twenty-six miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Santa Catalina Island became the home of the Union Army for one mysterious year.

On January 2, 1864, eighty enlisted men under the command of Captain West occupied Catalina Island and forced the evacuation of its residents. By the end of the year, they were gone as quickly as they had arrived, leaving only their barracks behind. But why?

The army remained completely silent about their intentions for the island and as a result, it has led to much speculation about their motivations. This forgotten military operation seems to be an inconsequential event in the scope of the Civil War, but this occupation reveals some of the larger issues that consumed California 150 years ago.

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Event timeline:

  • 5:30-6pm: doors open, appetizer and beverages available, Ainsley House open for walk through
  • 6-7pm: speaker presents with time for Q & A
  • 7-7:30pm: last call for beverages and Ainsley House walk through, clean up.

Registration will include, snacks and two drink tickets, plus entry into the lower level of the Ainsley House. All History Happy Hour programs will be for those ages 21 and over

Event Details

Starts at:
300 Grant St
Campbell, CA 95008
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