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First Wednesday - A Cult of Beauty |November 1st, 7pm

Historian Cameron Binkley will talk about Laura Lyon White’s life and legacy, her central role in the late nineteenth-century women’s civic movement, and the organizations she created or led, including Mill Valley’s Outdoor Art Club. White was a leading citizen of San Francisco during the Progressive era, and one of the founders of Mill Valley.

Binkley will also discuss how White and her sisters advanced women’s values in the “public sphere.” White steadfastly drove a progressive agenda that promoted women’s suffrage, the preservation of California’s redwood forests, and the beautification of civic life. Binkley traces the rise of American Conservation and how Laura Lyon White and the women’s movement helped make Mill Valley, San Francisco, and California among the most enviable places in the world to live. 

Binkley holds a Master of Arts in American History from San Francisco State University. Since 2007, he has served as the Deputy Command Historian for the Defense Language Institute at the historic Presidio of Monterey where he helps manage an archive, representing the Army to the public, and interpreting historic sites and monuments.

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