Alumnus Featured at ESRI/Town and Gown Cultural Series

Larry Burgess

Well-known Redlands alumnus and historian Larry Burgess will explore early California Christmas traditions during an upcoming ESRI/University of Redlands Town and Gown Cultural Series event.

Burgess is set to present “Early Christmases in California” Sunday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. at ESRI’s new headquarters building, 350 New York Street in Redlands. Admission is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation.

Burgess will share a variety of stories about what Christmas looked like in California, covering traditions shared by groups including California miners, Spanish mission residents and Redlands pioneers.

Burgess is director of the Redlands A.K. Smiley Public Library. The class of 1967 member is an active alumnus who frequently volunteers on campus. He is the author of “With Unbounded Confidence: A History of the University of Redlands,” and from 2003 to 2006, he was president of the Historical Society of Southern California.

Burgess also is an adjunct faculty member and serves as an ambassador to prospective faculty and administrators. In May, he spoke at the university’s 100th commencement ceremony and received an honorary degree during the College of Arts and Sciences ceremony.

The ESRI/University of Redlands Town and Gown Cultural Series offers educational and cultural programs on a variety of topics for free or at a nominal cost. Presenters have included government and business leaders, environmentalists, filmmakers and performers.

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