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Joaquin Murrieta- Bandit or Folk Hero, Unraveling the Legend

Joaquin Murrieta- Bandit or Folk Hero, Unraveling the Legend

History Happy Hour


Friday, August 30



With Jennifer Zimmerman


Joaquín Murrieta: Bandit or Folk Hero? Unraveling the Legend

“I am Joaquín. I must fight and win this struggle for my sons, and they must know from me who I am.”

Joaquín Murieta (also Murrieta), is as much a legend as a real character in the history of California. He was a notorious bandido who ravaged California with his gang in the 1850s, stealing cattle and horses and robbing people of their gold and possessions. Californians were terrified of Joaquín and even Governor John Bigler took drastic measures to end his reign of terror.

Nearly 100 locations in California are named after Joaquín Murrieta, solidifying his legend in California’s history.

Come hear about the man, the bandit, the folk hero, the legend of Joaquín Murrieta. Discover the wild and fascinating story that has left an indelible mark on the Golden State. Don’t miss this chance to delve into the thrilling (and unbelievable) tale of one of California’s most enigmatic figures!


About Jennifer Zimmerman:

Jennifer Zimmerman is a 4th generation Californian, raised in the Los Angeles area. She grew up loving nature, animals, dance, and art. She began her academic journey at a community college where she discovered a passion for ceramics and art in general. After transferring to San Francisco State University, a chance of fate landed her in a "History of California" class which excited and motivated her to change her major from Art to History. Jennifer holds a BA and MA in American History from SFSU. While her career path diverged from formal historical practice, her curiosity and love for California history continue to inspire her learning and exploration.



This event occurs inside the Carriage House, next to the historic Ainsley House.

Doors will open at 5:30 pm

Light appetizers and beverages will be served.

The Presentation will begin at 6pm.



· Seating is provided.

· This is an indoor event.

· Beverages & light appetizers will also be offered beginning at 5:30pm

· The Carriage House is the garage structure of the Ainsley House.

· Parking is available in the Museum /Library parking lot located at : 77 Harrison Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

PLEASE NOTE: Parking is VERY limited due to the ongoing construction of the Campbell Library and new Campbell Police Station. If parking cannot be found in the direct lot, there is street parking and public parking garages on 1st St and 4th St in downtown Campbell. Only a few blocks away.



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