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Dr. Edward Gordon

Three Historical Lectures

Join historian, researcher, and author

Dr. Edward Gordon,

who delves into

a variety of historical topics.

The Monument Men and Their

Mission: Recovering Europe’s

Art Treasures from the Nazis

Wednesday, February 4, 2 – 3 p.m.

Hear stories about those involved in

recovering the treasures that the Nazi

government stole and looted before

and during World War II.

The Story of the California Missions

Thursday, February 19, 2 – 3 p.m.

Learn about the economic, educational,

and social activities of daily life at the

California missions.

Land of the Sun: A History of

the Coachella Valley

Thursday, March 19, 2 – 3 p.m.

Explore the fascinating history of “the

land of the sun,” from its geological

origins to the rise of the valley as a

tourist mecca.

Jim Cornett

Thursday, February 12, 2 – 3 p.m.

Floods, Fires, and Earthquakes:

Natural Disasters in the

Coachella Valley

Coachella Valley residents endure

more than their share of destructive

natural events, including earthquakes,

wildfires, and floods. Why do these

phenomena take place in our region?

How frequently do they occur? When

will the next “big one” happen? How

life-threatening are these events?

These are just some of the topics



explores in this illustrated


Jim Cornett is a popular weekly

columnist for

The Desert Sun


author of many books detailing the

natural beauty of our extraordinary

desert. He is currently conducting

research on the disappearance of

Joshua trees in the desert Southwest

as a result of global warming.

Presented by the Rancho Mirage Public Library Foundation