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Virtual History Happy Hour- Arresting Dress

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In 1863, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed a law that criminalized appearing in public in “a dress not belonging to his or her sex.” Adopted as part of a broader anti-indecency campaign, cross-dressing law became a flexible tool for policing multiple gender transgressions, facilitating over one hundred arrests before the century’s end. Over forty U.S. cities passed similar laws during this time, yet little is known about their emergence, operations, or effects.

In this talk, professor Clare Sears traces the career of San Francisco’s anti-cross-dressing law from municipal courtrooms and codebooks to newspaper scandals, vaudevillian theater, freak-show performances, and commercial “slumming tours.” Using a wealth of archival material, they show that the law did not simply police normative gender but actively produced it by creating new definitions of gender normality and abnormality. Their talk also highlights the tenacity of people who defied the law, spoke out when sentenced, and articulated different gender possibilities.

About Our Presenter

Clare Sears is director of the Sexuality Studies Master of Arts Program and associate professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University. They are author of the book, Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco (Duke University Press, 2015), which was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award in 2016 and was co-winner of the Committee on LGBT History’s John Boswell Award in 2017. They have published articles in Women’s Studies Quarterly, GLQ, and the Routledge History of Queer America. They also co-edited a special issue of the journal Social Justice on sexuality and criminalization.

Clare holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2005), an M.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2002), and a BA from the University of Leeds, England (1992). They have received multiple awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship and a postdoctoral fellowship from the University of California Humanities Research Institute. They are currently working on a new book-length project that explores the interplay of sexuality, gender and psychiatric disability in law and popular culture.

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How to Register

Registration for this event is free via Eventbrite. Once you register, you will be sent information about how to access the webinar on the event date, including a Zoom link. A reminder with that same link will be sent to you 24 hours before the event.

Pay What You Can

We are accepting donations for this event. If you are able to contribute today, we ask that you use this option to register. We understand that not everyone is in the position to make a donation today, but if you are, we suggest a donation of $5-$10.

Your donation helps support the mission of Camron-Stanford House, and helps us to continue to provide programs just like this one! Donations provide funding for speaker honoraria, technology expenses, and much more that goes on behind the scenes to make these Virtual History Happy Hours possible.

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Images (L to R)- Ella Wesner, c.1873 photographed by Napoleon Sarony; “Wolf in a Sheep’s Clothing or Jeff in Crinoline, 1865. Image courtesy of West Virginia University Library; Omar Kingsley performing as Ella Zoyara, c.1860.

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Virtual History Happy Hour- “Tattooed and Tenacious: Conversation with the Curator”

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Almost a quarter of American women have permanent ink, compared to just 19% of men. Younger people are even more likely to be tattooed, as more than a third of Americans between the ages of 18 and 40 have skin art. But, what about the first women to get tattooed? Who were they, and why did they get inked?

They came from across the U.S. and crossed class lines. From the society women who followed trends, to the working-class women who worked in circus sideshows, American women have always had an intimate and fascinating relationship with tattoos. Join Amy Cohen, the curator of traveling exhibit “Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History,” as she highlights just a few of the adventurous women who lived, worked, and tattooed in the West prior to World War II.

About Our Presenter

Amy Cohen is the Executive Director of Exhibit Envoy, a California-based nonprofit that creates and travels exhibits for small museums, libraries, and cultural centers. She is also the curator of “Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History,” which has been hosted by 12 different California institutions. Cohen earned her B.A. in History (summa cum laude) from the College of Wooster in Ohio and her M.A. in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University.

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How to Register

Registration for this event is free via Eventbrite. Once you register, you will be sent information about how to access the webinar on the event date, including a Zoom link. A reminder with that same link will be sent to you 24 hours before the event.

Pay What You Can

We are accepting donations for this event. If you are able to contribute today, we ask that you use this option to register. We understand that not everyone is in the position to make a donation today, but if you are, we suggest a donation of $5-$10.

Your donation helps support the mission of Camron-Stanford House, and helps us to continue to provide programs just like this one! Donations provide funding for speaker honoraria, technology expenses, and much more that goes on behind the scenes to make these Virtual History Happy Hours possible.

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History Happy Hour: Of Gin-Slings and Timber Doodles

Join us for a very special Virtual History Hour! We are slinging something a little different this time…
Together we will explore some common victorian era bar ingredients, walk through mixing cocktails using classic 19th century recipies (provided by the likes of Charles Dickens), and perhaps together we can solve the mystery of what exactly the mysterious long-lost recipe for the famed Timber Doodle cocktail might have been…

A History Happy Hour wouldn’t be complete without a little history to go along with our cocktails! Our fabulous hostess, one of our Camron-Stanford House docents, will lead our cocktail adventure while chatting about 19th century popular culture and of course, a little bit of history about drinking culture of the era.

Due to the intimate nature of this event, space is limited to only 25 attendees. Each attendee will receive a digital kit one week before the event with an ingredients list and printable bar recipe cards. All participants must be age 21+.

How to Register
Afer purchasing your ticket, you will be sent information about how to access the event on the event date, including a Zoom link and password. A reminder with that same information will be sent to you the day before the event.
Standard Ticket: $10
Member Ticket: $5

Donations
We are accepting additional donations for this event. We understand that not everyone is in the position to make a donation today, but if you are, we suggest a donation of $5-$10. Your donation helps support the mission of Camron-Stanford House, and helps us to continue to provide programs just like this one! Donations provide funding for speaker honoraria, technology expenses, and much more that goes on behind the scenes to make these History Happy Hours possible.

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