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An Evening with Historian Sandy Lydon Oct 14 at Rio Theatre


The public is invited to attend and hear noted local historian Sandy Lydon give a first-ever, one-time-only presentation titled, “You Can’t Hide! Learning to Hear the History and Landscape of Calamity Cruz County.”


Lydon has been wandering the corridors of the county for the past 50 years and will provide historical perspectives to help people navigate living in Santa Cruz County in 2023 and beyond. In one of his trademarked, arm-waving, illustrated talks, he will attempt to resolve some of the Big Puzzlements for newcomers and long-timers alike that makes our county what it is. What is Calamity Cruz? Why do we call it South County when it’s not? These are just a couple of the questions Lydon will provide insight and historical perspective into.

Described by many as Central California’s pre-eminent “standup historian,” Lydon is an award-winning author, teacher and historian, as well as a retired faculty member from Cabrillo College where he taught from 1968 to 2022. He is a leading expert on Santa Cruz County history and has researched and written widely on the rich immigration history of the Monterey Bay Region.



About Leadership Santa Cruz County

LSCC is a community-focused program whose mission is to educate, motivate, and increase the awareness of individuals in leadership roles in Santa Cruz County, enabling them to address the issues, needs and opportunities facing the county now and in the future. Throughout the yearly, 10-month-long program, participants get the opportunity to see, hear and experience, up close, how our community’s businesses, services, and government agencies work, while fostering meaningful connections with fellow community members.


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