The 11th episode of the Benicia Historical Museum’s COVID Quarantine Camelcast is available now!

Providing a “camel’s eye view” of Benicia’s unique history.

In the final Camelcast episode of 2020, Executive Director Elizabeth d’Huart is joined once again by Museum Research Historian Dr. Jim Lessenger for a brief discussion touching on President Lincoln’s connections to Benicia. This brief episode, Lincoln’s Last Read and the Benicia Connection, explores the three things tying our 16th President to the city and buildings our Museum calls home.

Jim Lessenger, a long-standing Museum volunteer and Chair of the Exhibits committee, is a physician by profession and an historian by hobby. He has published thirty-one articles and two books in the field of medicine, and four books in the field of history. Jim has long been fascinated by California history, and Benicia has enough history and stories to fill a shelf of books. Dr. Lessenger still practices medicine by volunteering as the medical director of a free clinic and drug treatment community.

  • Image of the book "Phoenixiana, A Collection of the Burlesque & Sketches of John Phoenix, alias John P. Squibob, who was, in fact, Lieutenant George H. Derby, U.S.A."
If you missed any of our other Podcast episodes, be sure to give them a listen!