Very Important Passengers

San Francisco Gold Rush 1849.

Anna Bishop

Arrived on the SS Brother Jonathan, 1854

February 3, 1854, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Opera On the Road.

The Nicaraguan steamer Brother Jonathan arrived yesterday morning, with dates from New York to 5th January.

She brings up to six hundred passengers, among whom is the celebrated cantatrice Madam Anna Bishop.

March 4, 1854, Daily Alta California, San Francisco


American Theatre--Farce, "The Three Clerks;" Extravaganza, "Anna Bishop in California;" with otehr entertainments.

October 6, 1865, California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences

Madame Anna Bishop's Concert

Like a bright, beautiful, gleaming comet in the skies above, suddenly coming, quickly going, so came Madam Anna Bishop to our shores, and leaves us, alas! too quickly; not, however, without a prospect for another feast of pleasurable song.

Madam Bishop's two concerts of this week must bave been most gratifying to her. Such a warm, welcome reception after ten years absence. Madam Bishop is as bright and fair as ever, and her notes as clear and sweet. Very full houses, and of those too, who could truly appreciate melody, has been most highly gratifying to the people of our city, and the testimony thus given is ample proof that the lady is a great favorite, and though ten years absent, not forgotten. Mons. Lascellea has made a most favorable impression and will ever be welcomed, and all look for another and early opportunity to enjoy again tbe feast of song.

Artful Players: Artistic Life in Early San FranciscoArtistic Life in Early San Francisco.
Birgitta Hjalmarson
Artistic Life in Early CaliforniaWith a handful of wealthy Gold Rush barons as indulgent patrons, an active community of artists appeared in nineteenth-century San Francisco almost overnight. A subculture of artistic brilliance and social experimentation was the result -- in essence, a decades-long revelry that purportedly ended with the 1906 earthquake. Witness Jules Tavernier, hungry and in debt, accepting a stuffed peacock and two old dueling pistols in payment for a Yosemite landscape; Mark Twain as reluctant art critic.

Naval Order of the United States.

The Naval Order of the United States The Naval Order of the United States. has a history dating from 1890. Membership includes a wide range of individuals, many with highly distinguished career paths. When it was established, the Founders provided "that any male person above the age of eighteen years who either served himself, was still presently serving, or was descended from an officer or enlisted man who served in any of the wars which the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, or Revenue or Privateer services was engaged was eligible for Regular membership." Today, the Order is a "by invitation only" society, and includes men and women who have served or who assist in accomplishing its Mission, including research and writing on naval and maritime subjects.

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