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Historians to Discuss Murder at Mission

  • By Staff Reports

SAN GABRIEL –  Two historians will speak about mayhem in the 1850s in San Gabriel and native women in early colonial Mexico at a History Forum on Saturday, Oct. 2,  at San Gabriel Mission History Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The informal three-hour event will be moderated by John Macias, San Gabriel Mission parishioner, historian and Ph.D. candidate in history at Claremont Graduate University.

Paul Spitzzeri, collections manager, Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum, will speak about “Murder and Mayhem in Old San Gabriel.”  “Come and listen to an exciting talk from one of Southern California’s noted and respected historians about two notorious murders that took place in 1850s San Gabriel,” said Macias.

Verónica A. Gutiérrez Sermino, a Ph.D. candidate in Colonial Mexican History, UCLA, will talk about “Que mi cuerpo sea sepultado con el hábito de San Francisco: Nahua Women Negotiate Medieval Spanish Death Practices in 16th Century San Pedro Cholula, New Spain.”

“Stay and listen to a fascinating talk about native women in early colonial Mexico who requested to be buried in their local Franciscan church wearing the habit of St. Francis,” stated Macias.

There is no charge for this special San Gabriel Mission event if people call in advance to register at 626-457-3048 no later than Oct. 1.  Any donation will be accepted. Seating is limited. Entrance will be at mission’s gift shop.


The address is 427 S. Junipero Serra Dr., San Gabriel, CA 91776, and the telephone number is 626-457-3048. San Gabriel Mission was founded on Sept. 8, 1771 and is the fourth oldest of 21 missions in California.

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