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SBTHP Presents Archaeology of Ethnogenesis:

Race and Sexuality in Colonial San Francisco

May 27, 2015

(SANTA BARBARA, CA)— The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) is pleased to present The Archaeology of Ethnogenesis: Race and Sexuality in Colonial San Francisco, a lecture by Dr. Barbara L. Voss (Stanford University), Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Presidio Chapel (123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara). The event is co-sponsored by UCSB Departments of History and Anthropology, USCB Public History Program, and Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library.


Dr. Barbara L. Voss’ innovative work of historical archaeology illuminates the genesis of the Californios, a community of military settlers who forged a new identity on the northwest edge of Spanish North America. Since 1993, Dr. Voss has conducted archaeological excavations at the Presidio of San Francisco, founded by Spain during its colonization of California's central coast. Her research at the Presidio forms the basis for this rich study of cultural identity formation, or ethnogenesis, among the diverse peoples who came from widespread colonized populations to serve at the Presidio. Through a close investigation of the landscape, architecture, ceramics, clothing, and other aspects of material culture, she traces shifting contours of race and sexuality in colonial California.


Dr. Barbara L. Voss is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. She is a historical archaeologist who studies the dynamics and outcomes of transnational cultural encounters in the Americas, especially those related to colonialism and immigration. Voss' work also forges new dialogues between queer studies and archaeology. Her research is guided by a deep commitment to public archaeology and community collaboration. Her books Archaeologies of Sexuality (co-edited with Robert A. Schmidt) and The Archaeology of Ethnogenesis were each awarded the Ruth Benedict Prize by the American Anthropological Association.



The Archaeology of Ethnogenesis:  Race and Sexuality in Colonial San Francisco

Lecture by Barbara L. Voss, Ph.D.

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Presidio Chapel, 123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara
Cost: Free for SBTHP members, SBMAL members, and UCSB students with valid student ID

Non-members $5

For more information:  Visit or call (805) 965-0093

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