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Please join us to celebrate the latest student-created exhibition at the C. E. Smith Museum of Anthropology on campus!

Reception: Thursday April 11, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Meiklejohn Hall, fourth floor (Room 4047), the Hayward campus of Cal State East Bay
Admission is free and the public is welcome!
History Distilled:
Whiskey & Rebellion in the Old Southwest


Come visit the wild west, a world where American whiskey sparked a Mexican rebellion!

The C. E. Smith Museum of Anthropology invites you to take a step back in time to when the Southwest was under Mexican control, its resources eyed greedily by settlers from the United States. As the U.S. expanded westward, the frontier quickly became a more complicated place. Local Mexican and Indigenous populations were faced with the prospect of sharing their scarce resources with American newcomers. One such easterner, a merchant named Simeon Turley, established a whiskey distillery in northern New Mexico, producing a ripple effect that would end in bloody rebellion. Visit our exhibit now to learn about daily life at Turley’s Mill and the Taos Rebellion of 1847 through artifacts, documents, and oral histories!