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[PAST EVENT] Spreckels: The Sweet Life

Course Description:

In 1896, Claus Spreckels, the "Sugar King" of Hawaii, pitched Salinas farmers on a bold new idea: to build the biggest sugar factory in the world right on their doorstep. Little did they know how significant that meeting would be. The massive new factory and outlying sugar beet ranches had a tremendous impact on the valley. And those impacts can still be felt today. Historian Meg Clovis relates the bigger than-life story of Claus Spreckels, his factory, the town that bears his name and his lasting influence on Monterey County and California.


Tuition: $0.00

Additional Fees: $0.00


Wednesday, Sept. 6; 1:30 – 2:30pm


Monterey Peninsula College in the Lecture Forum 103 (Parking Permit $3 quarters/dollars only please.)


Meg Clovis received her M.A. in Preservation Studies from Boston University, with an emphasis on American History. She has written two books on Monterey County history, The Salinas Valley and Monterey County’s North Coast