“Island of the Blue Dolphins Revisited: A Search for the True Story”

Steve Schwartz Please join the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library and Old Mission Santa Barbara on Sunday May 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm for the presentation, Island of the Blue Dolphins Revisited: A Search for the True Story” from Steven Schwartz.

Recently retired, Steven Schwartz was the Navy’s senior archaeologist on San Nicolas for the past 25 years.  Due to this unique position, he has become one of the leading experts on the Lone Woman story, the true story behind Island of the Blue Dolphins.

During his time with the Navy, Steve oversaw the excavation of dozens of archaeological sites spanning several thousand years of island occupation.  He also has a keen interest in the history of the island and has conducted studies of the various historic themes from sheep ranching through the Cold War. He continues to research the story of the Lone Woman and publish his findings.

Steve’s talk will recap what is known of the true story behind the beloved children’s novel ‘Island of the Blue Dolphins’, and will present the latest archival and archaeological findings. Much new information has come to light in the last few years; recently discovered Russian documents add to our understanding of the circumstances of Lone Woman’s abandonment, the tragic start of the story; on-going archival research into church and census records document the history of the rest of the tribe’s removed in 1835; and new historical research adds to our understanding of her life in Santa Barbara, the tragic end of the story. Also highlighted are exciting new archaeological finds that add details about her isolated life on the island: the search to find the cave where she lived, and the amazing discovery of a cache of artifacts that show how she lived and survived.

Steve has walked where she walked, is one of the leading experts on the story, and has many insights from his 25 years of experience on the island.

Sunday May 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm, Bonaventure Hall, Old Mission Santa Barbara, 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Admission is $10.00 for members of SBMAL, OMSB docents, and students with valid ID. Admission is $15.00 for non-members.  All proceeds from this event will benefit the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library (Tax ID: 95-6220730) and Old Mission Santa Barbara.

For more information or to RSVP call (805) 682-4713 ext 152 or email director@sbmal.org. Reservations can also be made by completing this Reservation Form and sending it in with payment.

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