October 18, 2013 - The CSUB Walter Stiern Library presents "Life of an Architect: Charles Biggar and the Building of Kern County." The historical presentation will be given by Walter Stiern Library Archivist Chris Livingston, as part of the Walter Presents Series, and will take place on Wednesday, October 23 at 3pm in the Dezember Reading Room of the Walter Stiern Library.
Livingston will trace the education and career of Charles H. Biggar and his influence on Bakersfield and California architecture. The presentation tells the story of how a kid from Danville, Ohio developed a passion for architecture through education and apprenticeships in the United States and France. As his career developed, cities such as Los Angeles and Bakersfield benefited from his passion in the form of schools, libraries, churches, and civic structures. He was instrumental in bridging "old school" architectural design and urban planning with modern techniques. Join us for an afternoon for a glimpse into how historians apply research for the public good.
"Those who attend this historical presentation will catch a glimpse of historic Bakersfield and will learn the importance of that historical architecture has on communities," said Livingston. "Archives are the memory of the important social movements, events, and cultural history of our region. Without the documents, recorded documentation and other materials that are collected by archives, the memory is lost."
The Walter Presents series is offered at least once a quarter and includes readings, lectures, performances and exhibits. The presentations are free and open to the public. Regular parking fees apply.
Centrally located on a 375-acre site in the southern San Joaquin Valley, California State University, Bakersfield is a continuously growing comprehensive regional university that has been committed to transforming the lives of its students and community through its established excellence in academia, diversity, service, and community engagement since its founding in 1965. The faculty across the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) fully accredited University is world-class, with nearly 75% holding terminal degrees in their respective fields. An NCAA Division I school, CSUB has competed successfully in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) since 2012 and is but one important aspect of a growing and vibrant student-life experience. The University serves more than 9,000 students at either the main campus in Bakersfield or CSUB - Antelope Valley and counts over 40,000 alumni from its four schools: Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Administration, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, and Social Sciences and Education. The University offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate and credential programs, and CSUB's Extended University serves the community by offering additional professional development, certificate, and degree programs. With over 70 percent of its alumni remaining and working within the Central Valley, CSU Bakersfield supports ongoing social, cultural and economic development in the region.
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