Cultural Exchange Hub on the Border of Russian and Mexican Frontier – Sept. 21, 2023 Lecture by Igor Polishchuk

Igor Polishchuk, Director of External Relations and a resident historian at Fort Ross Conservancy, will guide us through the intricate web of relationships and influences that shaped Alta California’s history. Holding a Master’s Degree in Russian Studies from the University of Oxford, Mr. Polishchuk brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge of Russian language primary sources to the topic of discussion.

This lecture will delve into the captivating history of the town of Sonoma, a cultural exchange hub situated on the border of the Russian and Mexican frontiers. This enlightening presentation will explore the interactions between Sonoma residents, civil and religious figures, and the settlers at the Russian American Company’s outpost, Fort Ross.