Bancroft Library Roundtable: Sacred Time on the Frontier: Sabbath-keeping amongst Protestants and Jews in California,1848-1920

Lecture | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Michael Sunhae Lee

 Human Resources

How did the white Protestant tradition of Sunday-keeping take root in a religiously and racially diverse frontier society—if at all? This presentation explores the contestations between majority first day-keepers and minority voices during the Gold Rush and early decades of statehood, giving special attention to Jews, Seventh-day Adventists, and the religiously unaffiliated. It draws from sources in the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, diaries, and institutional records held at the Bancroft Library to offer a glimpse into how sacred time has been negotiated in a moment in American history.