History Alive presents San Diego's First School Teacher
H. Lee House Cultural Center
3205 Olive Street, Lemon Grove, CA 91945
Well-known Old Town historical impersonator, Vanessa Jones, in period attire, will relate Walker's move from Massachusetts in 1865, as the horrific Civil War was winding down, to teach all grades in Old Town San Diego's original public school. Walker came West with an Eastern sensibility, one that included friendship with African Americans. This would lead to a minor scandal that forced her resignation from the school.
Ironically, aid came from the school board president, Ephraim Morse, just as Walker faced dire straits as a single, jobless woman in a community that was a long way from the explosion of cultures and ethnicities that would mark its late 20th century persona.
"She bridged America east and west, as well as past and present," noted Estelle Lauer, vice president for Programs in the historical society. "As an emigrant American, she is an ideal figure for this season's lecture theme, Coming to California: The Immigrant Experience."
"History Alive," now in its 36th season, is suitable for ages 13 and over, and is free (though donations are appreciated). Refreshments will follow the presentation. For more information, call (619) 460-4353.
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