Join neighbors for a fascinating two-part trip into the 19th century. Ken Sorensen, local historian and previous Speaker Series presenter, will lead residents in an exclusive presentation about this interesting period of American history and delve into the lives of some interesting historical figures. No registration required.
Tuesday, May 19: The Gold Rush
In northern California on January 24, 1847, a man named James Marshall discovered flakes of gold in a creek. That discovery set off a worldwide explosion of interest and changed the world. Men and women from all corners of the earth believed they could simply come to America and pick up gold. Come hear the stories of the people who came, who they were and what they found. Must be logged into your resident account to view Zoom meeting information.
Click link to join Zoom meeting about The Gold Rush https://zoom.us/j/97070340854
Thursday, May 21: Mark Twain
The truly American voice. Born in obscurity, Samuel Clemens’ ultimate goal was to become a river boat captain on the Mississippi River, but the Civil War changed all that. He traveled and found a gift of gab and sarcasm that people gravitated to. The voice of a teen age Huckleberry Finn advocating better race relations was an eye-opening experience. Come and hear the stories of this man who entertained and taught America what they needed to be. Must be logged into your resident account to view Zoom meeting information.
Click link to join Zoom meeting about Mark Twain https://zoom.us/j/93315319570
About Ken Sorensen:
Not quite an Arizona native, Ken Sorensen moved here with his family as a young child. Ken is certified to teach both history and English. During a 30-year career in education, he has taught high school and junior college classes. In 2013, Ken was honored to be elected Teacher of the Year by the Mesa Arizona Chamber of Commerce.