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December 18

The History of the Moraga Adobe Virtual Program

Kent Long, President of the Friends of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe, will provide an in-depth look at one of Northern California’s oldest surviving adobe structures.

History of the Moraga Adobe
Sketches from the Far West‒Arkansas Pilgrims by Frenzeny and Tavernier

Built between 1841-1848, the Moraga Adobe was the home of Joaquin Moraga, whose grandfather founded both the San Francisco Presidio and the city of San Jose. His father was also an important military leader and explorer. This connection to influential families in early California history sheds light on the politics and rancho society of the era.

Long will discuss the one-story adobe’s long history, from the Mexican rancho period through the American ranching period, and into the 20th century. In addition, he will cover the adobe’s unique architecture, its initial restoration in the 1940s, and the current work to further restore it and open it as a museum

The virtual program offers the opportunity to learn about this important reminder of early Anglo-Hispanic California life, without leaving home. Adobe experts and history buffs alike will appreciate this program.

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