Social Historian to Discuss 1906 Earthquake

Social historian Dr. Andrea Davies Henderson, an adjunct professor of history at Dominican University of California, to discuss 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.
Dr. Henderson will present a lecture titled "Discriminating Disaster Relief: Women and Minority Refugees after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire" on Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Presidio Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of The Presidio Trust's 1906 Earthquake Commemoration. For more information, call 415-561-5500.

Dr. Henderson, who teaches a course in California history at Dominican, has conducted extensive research on disaster relief, community ties, gender issues, and family bonds following the 1906 earthquake. She is a consultant for a forthcoming documentary on the 1906 catastrophe for the History Channel. She also participated in an ABC-TV program on the earthquake, which recently was filmed in part at Dominican's Meadowlands Residence Hall (built in 1888 for San Francisco's de Young family). She also has an article appearing in the spring 2006 issue of Southern California Quarterly titled "The Human Geography of Catastrophe: Family Bonds, Community Ties, and Disaster Relief After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire."

Dr. Henderson received her B.A. in Women's Studies and Comparative Religion from Harvard University, and an M.A. in Religious Studies, M.A. in History, and Ph.D. in History from Stanford University.

In addition to her academic training in women's studies and history, Andrea Henderson brings a unique work experience to her research. Her interest in the relationship among gender, relief policy, and the workplace was sparked by her experiences as a San Francisco Firefighter.