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Western Lecture Series: Edie Sparks
April 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
An Apron Full of Gold: Women Entrepreneurs of the Old West
Edie Sparks is Associate Professor and former Department Chair of History at University of the Pacific. She earned her master’s and doctorate in History from UCLA in 1996 and 1999, and her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from UC Berkeley in 1991. She joined Pacific in 1999 as an assistant professor in the Department of History, and was promoted to associate professor in 2006. She taught courses in U.S., Women’s, Immigration and California History and was a champion of undergraduate research. She co-authored a California Humanities grant recently awarded to fund a collaborative summer research opportunity for students. She served as Senior Associate Dean of the College of the Pacific for six years and presently serves as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education for the university.
As a scholar, Edie specializes in the history of women business owners. She has presented at research conferences around the world and is the author of two monographs: Capital Intentions: Female Proprietors in San Francisco, 1850-1920 (University of North Carolina Press, 2006) and Boss Lady: How Three Women Entrepreneurs Built Successful Big Businesses in the Mid-Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).
Her talk at Blackhawk Museum is entitled: “’An Apron Full of Gold:’ Women Entrepreneurs of the Old West.” This is part of Blackhawk Museum’s Western Lecture Series and is free with admission to the Museum. Member’s of the Museum are always free.