The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is proud to present the free Zoom lecture “Hawaiians, Catholics, and the Town with a Bay in Front and an Amphitheater of Hills Behind: The Education of Richard Henry Dana Jr. in Santa Barbara,” featuring Professor Rick Kennedy of Point Loma Nazarene University on Thursday, July 15 at 7pm PDT. This informative lecture will give listeners a glimpse into a past of sailing, hide-gathering, what Santa Barbara was like in 1835-1836, who lived here then, who Dana crewed and worked with, and how his voyage and visit to Santa Barbara changed him. The webinar is free, but registration is required at: https://sbmm.org/santa-barbara-event/the-education-of-richard-henry-dana-jr/
Born in Salinas, Rick Kennedy found a wife (1979) and education in Santa Barbara: BA (1980), MA (1983), and Ph.D. (1987). He was a Teaching Assistant for Richard Oglesby’s California history class and earned his Ph.D. under Harold Kirker, who introduced him to historic preservation in Santa Barbara. As a professor of history at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Dr. Kennedy teaches California History and from 2003-2017, he taught a summer school sailing course in California history, in which he and students sailed up the coast and through the islands reading Two Years Before the Mast!