A Presentation by Peter G. Meyerhof
In 1834, all of the 19 missions in Alta California were turned over to civil administrators who were to take over secular control from the mission priests and arrange distribution of assets including the land to the baptized Native Americans who had worked there. The administrator of secularization at the Sonoma Mission was General Mariano Vallejo. In an unprecedented move Vallejo now began to make efforts to establish a new mission northwest of the one he was administering. Expansion of the territory controlled by the Russians in Northern California was seen as an increasing challenge to Mexican authority. In addition, there was a perception that the missions had been uniquely successful in pacifying the Native Americans and creating wealth in a manner that could not be subsequently duplicated.
Using recently translated correspondence between Vallejo and the former priest of the Sonoma Mission, Peter Meyerhof will show how these efforts were directed and ultimately failed due to major incompatibilities between the two major protagonists in this struggle.
Peter Meyerhof is an independent historian when he is not practicing dentistry. Using primary sources for his research, he has published articles and given presentations on a wide variety of topics relating to the early history of Northern California.
The presentation will be recorded, and the question-and-answer part will be posted on YouTube for IHS members only. If you don’t want to be on the recording, just make sure your video is off. And please remember to mute your microphone!