Like most of the colorful characters of our past, the life of Joaquin Murrieta is wrapped in legend and lore, making it difficult to separate fact from fiction. Was he the worst bandito to terrorize the gold fields? Or was he, as some believe, a kind of Robin Hood who stole from the rich and gave to the poor? Was he a murderer who was justifiably killed by lawmen? Or was he the inspiration for the fictional character Zorro? If you’d like to learn more about this fascinating character from California’s history, please join us on July 10, 2010 upstairs in the Bernhard Museum Winery at 10:00 am for the Placer County Museums Community Education Program: The Life of the Notorious Joaquin Murrieta. Alton Pryor, who has written several books and articles on California history, will share the facts and tell some of the stories surrounding this important figure of our past. Mr. Pryor will have a number of his books available for sale after the program.
The Bernhard Museum Winery is located at 291 Auburn Folsom Road in Auburn. For more information about this FREE program, please call 530-889-6500.