History talk and book signing wi...


May 6, 2017

Sat 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

1635 Pacheco Blvd.
Martinez, CA 94553



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Do you love history? The Martinez Historical Society and the Contra Costa County Historical Society invite you to this history talk and book signing in honor of America’s first Jewish male actor - M.B. Curtis.

Historian Richard Schwartz presents an illustrated talk about his new book, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis. His presentation will reveal the life of this incredibly influential immigrant actor of the late nineteenth century. As the first Jewish male actor allowed to portray a Jewish male on stage in America, Curtis' story is one of immigration, assimilation, theatre history and how the invisible wings of comedy can affect the nation's direction.

Richard's talk begins at 1:00 pm.
A book signing and wine/cheese reception with the Author will follow at 2:30 pm.


Free - Refreshments will be served. Free parking available. RSVP is requested. To RSVP, please call (925) 229-1042 or email mkting@cocohistory.org A $10 donation is suggested at the door. All proceeds benefit the preservation work of the Martinez & CoCo County archives.