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Lecture

Trinidad Cross Presentation

When: Wed., May 11, 1 p.m. 2016

An artifact resides at the Trinidad Museum consisting of three individual wood pieces, highly degraded, that are believed to be the remnants of the original wooden cross that was erected by a Spanish expedition in 1775 on what we now call Trinidad Head. Last year, Alexandra Cox came across this artifact while working as an intern at the Trinidad Museum. “I was immediately intrigued by the mystery and possible historical significance of the artifact,” she writes, “and so took it upon my self to authenticate the object.” In her PowerPoint presentation, Cox will discuss the methods employed to determine the truth about this artifact, including physical analysis and ethnohistoric research. The physical analysis comprised dendrochronology, or tree ring dating, and an analysis of the nails in the wood. The ethnohistoric research included investigating all documented sightings of the original cross between 1775 and 1913, when the Eureka Woman’s Club erected a new granite cross at the site, as well as tracing the history of the artifact itself and establishing the precise path it took in getting to the Trinidad Museum. Join Alexandra Cox as she reveals the fascinating results of this research and scientific analyses, and addresses the great question of the wooden remnants: are they genuine or fake? For more information please contact the Humboldt County Historical Society at 445-4342, or visit http://www.humboldthistory.org/

Price: Free

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