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Civil War researcher to talk about West Coast involvement in Firehouse lecture tonight

Ernie Manzo says San Francisco Bay was important port during conflict

Civil War researcher, Ernie Manzo, will discuss the Civil War batteries and forts that surrounded the Bay Area in a presentation at the Firehouse Arts Center at 7 p.m. today.

The lecture, "An Evening with Civil War Researcher Ernie Manzo: Bay Area Civil War Batteries & Forts," is one of seven lectures in the Ed Kinney Speakers Series, a monthly program of historical speakers and character portrayals hosted by the Museum on Main in Pleasanton.

In his lecture about Bay Area forts, Manzo, a Civil War researcher, will talk about the Presidio in San Francisco that was the nerve center of a coastal defense system that included Fort Point, Alcatraz and Angel Island.

"Most people think the Civil War was fought back on the East coast and that nothing happened in California," Manzo said. "This is not true. San Francisco Bay was the most important port on the West coast and the federal government expended significant resources to protect it."

The event is general seating. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 seniors, $5 for museum members and $3 for students and teachers with IDs.

Tickets can be purchased at the Museum on Main during regular hours. The museum, located at 4444 Railroad Ave. in downtown Pleasanton, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 462-2766.

For more information on the Ed Kenny Speakers Series, visit the museum's website or call 462-2776.

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