Emperor Norton's 197th Birthday: A Party & Presentation of Recent Findings
Tuesday, February 3, 7:00-10:00PM
Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics, 518 Valencia Street, San Francisco
$10-$20 sliding scale donation requested. No one will be turned away
Emperor Norton's 197th Birthday
A Party & Presentation of Recent Findings in Pursuit of the Elusive Answer to the Question:
When Was Emperor Norton Born?
Was Emperor Norton really born in 1819, as his gravestone says? Or was he born in 1818? At the next event of The Emperor's Bridge Campaign, we'll shed new light on the answer to this old question.
Please join us for an "annotated birthday party."
A Fundraiser for The Emperor's Bridge Campaign
One of the most intractable mysteries surrounding Emperor Norton is the date of his birth. Most U.S. sources treat the year inscribed on the Emperor's gravestone in Colma, California - 1819 - as authoritative. But, in researching this question over the past several weeks, The Emperor's Bridge Campaign has made a series of unreported (or underreported) discoveries that point to a date - February 4, 1818 - that challenges the conventional wisdom.
A presentation of these findings will be the highlight of the evening.
Of course, we'll serve wine and cake - it's a birthday party! (The cake will be the creation of the inestimable Countess Lola Montez, who - among her countless gifts and talents - is a professional baker. Who knew?)
And, as a bonus: For the final hour or so of the event, we'll be screening two rarely seen television episodes - a 1956 episode of Death Valley Days and a 1966 episode of Bonanza - that interpret the story of Emperor Norton.