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Santa Catalina Island
and its transformation
under William Wrigley, Jr.
Professor Eileen Ford
This talk will explore the business endeavors of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr. (1861-1932) in Southern California. Having Previously amassed a large fortune in Chicago, he invested heavily in the region’s burgeoning leisure and tourism industries. When Wrigley bought Catalina Island in 1919, he began to develop the island through large construction projects and the development of local industries. Wrigley spent lavishly and promoted the island in creative ways
Eileen Ford earned a PhD in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since joining the faculty at California State University Los Angeles, she has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including: The History of Los Angeles, Mexican History, Gender History, and several research seminars. In 2018, Bloomsbury Academic UK published her book Childhood and Modernity in Cold War Mexico City. Through the generous support of short-term fellowships from the Henry E Huntington Library, her current project examines the business endeavors of William Wrigley, Jr. in Southern California with a particular focus on Santa Catalina Island.