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LOCAL>> Jo Haraf – Marriage, Murder, & Betrayal in Nineteenth Century California

Presented by Marin History Museum at Streaming Arts

Nov 17 2021
LOCAL>> Jo Haraf – Marriage, Murder, & Betrayal in Nineteenth Century California

Speaker series: past MHM volunteer (writer/editor) shares her new book

Marriage, Murder, & Betrayal in Nineteenth Century California

Left for dead on Monterey’s beach in 1832, Scotsman James Black survived to build a Marin county cattle and dairy empire. His privileged life ended in addiction after his wife’s death at the hand of their son-in-law.

Black’s daughter fought her stepmother for four years and across two counties for a fair portion of her father’s $15 million dollar estate.

Join the Black family and their contemporaries as California evolves from a sea-otter-hunting Spanish colony to a Mexican territory beset by invading Russians and finally into an American state where wealth and influence come to those who embrace the new west’s opportunities and risks.

Wednesday, November 17, 5:00 pm on Zoom. (Note earlier time to accommodate our East Coast speaker.)


A past volunteer at the Marin History Museum, Jo Haraf edited and contributed to MHM’s book Journal Across the Plains, the Museum’s Newsletter and the Bulletin. After twenty-five years in Marin, she now lives on Florida’s Sun Coast with her husband and a scruffy terrier whose adoration sustained her through revisions and rejections.


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