Richard Carrico holding the Norm Neuerburg Award given out on February 16th in San Diego. The award recognizes Outstanding Contributions Towards the Study and Preservation of California's Missions, Presidios, and Ranchos. At the conference, and as part of my efforts to decolonize San Diego's early history by acknowledging the indigenous people and telling at least part of their story, I presented a paper on the "Women of Presidio San Diego 1770-1835" and focused on the ethnic and cultural diversity of the women as early San Diego pioneers. I closed my presentation with the story of Sinusin, a Tipai woman from a South Bay village who married a Spanish soldiers from Sinaloa Mexico in 1775 and the story of her granddaughters who lived in Old Town San Diego in the 1830-1850 period. My approach to California Mission Studies is to deromanticize the period and to flesh out the indigenous men and women who, while maintaining agency, were affected by the mission system and are a major part of any telling of the Spanish colonial story.
The folks in the photo are left to right: David Bolton Executive Director of the CMF; Richard Carrico Department of American Indian Studies, Dr. Iris Engstrand Professor Emerita USD, and Michael Imwalle Chairman of CMF.
Why Should the Woman Always Have to Pay: Unsolved Murders in SD, Thurs., Sept. 19, 7 PM at Water’s Edge Faith Community 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B. Richard L. Carrico will take the Ocean Beach Historical Society and guests back to 1923 to delve into the mysterious unsolved murder of Fritzi Mann, local dancer and actress. “Found dead on the beach at Torrey Pines, Fritzi showed evidence of blunt force trauma but died from drowning. In addition the autopsy report noted that she was in a: delicate condition.” The police hauled in several suspects including a Hollywood producer, wealthy businessmen, and Louis Jacobs, a medical doctor from the Army base at Camp Kearny. Jacobs stood trial twice for the murder but ultimately got a verdict of not guilty. To this day the case remains unsolved, but Carrico has a theory about who the murderer was. Using trial transcripts, sometimes lurid newspaper accounts, and other historical documents, Carrico will sit us in the jury box and present the Fritzi Mann case, and let you decide for yourself. Not content to only look at one murder case? Excellent. Richard will touch on three others from 1931 that also remained unsolved. Please join us September 19th as Richard Carrico unveils the details of these murder mysteries! This OBHS program is FREE!
Myths and Realities of Spanish Colonization is San Diego Wednesday September 25th 1:00 Oasis Lifetime Learning San Marcos Public Library 2 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos "This year, San Diego celebrates its founding 250 years ago as a Spanish outpost on the western frontier. What better time to explore the myths, realities, and legacies of Alta California’s Spanish origins. Did you know that Alta California’s first mission was above what is now Old Town—not upriver in Mission Valley? This class will examine the first Spanish settlement on what is now Presidio Hill and the subsequent movement to Mission Valley in 1774. We will take a close look at the interaction between the Spanish colonists and the native, indigenous people."
Citadel of Civilization? Crime and Punishment at the Presidio de San Diego Thursday September 26th San Diego History Center, Serra Museum, Presidio Park As San Diego commemorates 250 years since the founding of the San Diego Presidio and the first mission in Alta California, we have a unique opportunity to examine the role of the Presidio in our early history. Was the Presidio a citadel ushering in new modes of existence and lifestyle, or was it comparable to today’s Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib? In this talk, Richard Carrico will focus specifically on the Spanish colonial system as implemented at the Presidio de San Diego from 1770 to 1820, as well as address the following: What was the nature of the legal and moral system practiced at the Presidio, and how were methods of law and justice applied?How did indigenous men and women end up at the Presidio, and its prison, in the first place?What can we learn from those instances of moral turpitude and moral valor? Join us for this thought-provoking presentation at the newly renovated Serra Museum, overlooking the Presidio grounds.
HISTORY OF WINE AND WINE MAKING IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY Interested in wine, wine making and history? Richard L. Carrico's new book, Of Wine on the Lees Well Refined: A History of Wine and Wine Making in San Diego County is out and available. Details on the book and how you can obtain a copy are posted here. The book is available for the retail price of $16.95 plus tax at the Hatfield Creek Winery in Ramona, Highland Valley Winery in San Pasqual Valley, and at the Pro Shop at the Warner Springs Ranch Resort.
Or you can order the book from this web site by sending a check for $16.00 (tax and shipping included) made out to Recuerdos Research to: Recuerdos Research PO Box 387 Warner Springs, CA 92086.
In addition, Richard will be making several presentations on the topic of historic wines and wineries of San Diego County and conducting book signings--