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California's First Theatre (Closed)

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Course Description:

In 1845, English sailor Jack Swan built a wooden tavern, adding a one-story adobe boarding house two years later. This unassuming dwelling would soon achieve notoriety as California’s first theatre. State Parks historian Michael Green describes the theatre’s long history and metamorphosis through war with Mexico, military-led theatrical performances, the Gold Rush and its use as a commercial whaling station. Long closed for renovation and vexed by myriad structural misfortunes, the building is poised for a triumphant return. The course will include a site visit and walking tour.


Tuition: $25.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

Registration Closed


Wednesdays, Mar. 21, 28 *1:30 – 3:00pm* (2 sessions)
CSUMB at Ryan Ranch
Field: Wednesday, Mar. 28
Historic Monterey, Location TBA


Talk: CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey
Field: Historic Monterey, location to be announced


Michael Green has spent 28 years in the State Parks department as a history guide, communications trainer and outreach presenter. In 2001, he developed a Basic Interpretation for Guides and Interpreters course that
is used throughout the department.