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Historical Memories Day Presentation Rescheduled
Riverbank Museum


The ‘Memories Day’ presentation originally scheduled for yesterday (April 12) at the Riverbank Historical Museum has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, April 14.

Although the Historical Society’s board of directors had decided to suggest the change earlier last week, but it wasn’t voted upon by the membership until the general monthly meeting last Saturday, too late for the News’ deadline.

The time for the event will be 11 a.m. tomorrow, April 14. The subject remains the same as reported last week, as well.

Bill Bucknam, a retired teacher who taught elementary school in Riverbank for 13 years, will be the presenter. He went on to teach history at Modesto High and La Loma Junior High. After retiring, he became a docent at the McHenry Museum in Modesto and leads tours for elementary school groups there.

The talk he’s giving is based on the book ‘The Stanislaus Indian Wars: the Last of the Northern Yokuts,’ written by Thorne B. Gray. He’ll cover the period between 1776, when the first Franciscan missionaries made contact, up to 1933, when the last Yokut died at Knights Ferry.

Bucknam said he plans to focus on events that took place near Riverbank, concentrating on Chief Estanislao’s (for whom Stanislaus County is named) revolt against the missions and Mexican Army forces, in approximately 1828.

The Riverbank Historical Museum is at 3237 Santa Fe, next to and behind City Hall North.