Gary Noy, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the Sierra College Press will discuss his latest book which was recently co-published with Heyday Books. Titled Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues, Gary will present a slide show focusing on one of the "Dreamers" profiled in his book -- Elisha Stephens, for whom Santa Clara County's Stevens Creek Boulevard is named. Elisha Stephens was the leader of an early wagon train over the Sierras -- the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party of 1844-1845. The party built some of the cabins that the Donner Party used a couple of years later. Stephens settled for a time in San Jose and then in the Blackberry Farm area of Cupertino before moving South. Other members of his party included Martin Murphy, Jr. a founder of Sunnyvale and Moses Schallenberger, a San Jose pioneer.
Sponsored by the Santa Clara City Library, this lecture is free and open to the public. The book will be for sale and the author will sign books following the presentation.