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José Manuel Gonzalez: Apache Alcalde/Mayor of San José

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


History San José invites you to a conversation with professor Arturo Villareal as he discusses his book—José Manuel Gonzalez: Apache Alcalde/Mayor of San José, California. Villareal will correct the historical record of this important but often overlooked historical figure. He will explore how Gonzalez, an Apache, came to be a part of the De Anza Expedition, the second mayor of the city, and the very first mayor to serve a full four-year term. For much of San Jose’s history, Gonzalez has been recognized as the Peralta Adobe’s builder, but not as its first resident. Villareal’s analysis is a unique contribution to local history and an overdue reexamination of San Jose’s founding story.

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About the Author
Arturo Villareal is a San José native with roots in Del Rio, Texas. Professor Villareal is the co-author of Mexicans in San José along with Nannette Regua. He received his bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and Cultural Anthropology from San José City College and his master’s degree in Social Sciences from San José State University. He has been teaching at Evergreen Valley College for the past 30 years and was recently appointed to serve on Santa Clara



September 26
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


History San José


History Park
635 Phelan Avenue
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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