A three-part lecture series focusing on Native peoples who helped shape California and the history of Mission San Francisco Solano will start on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Mission San Francisco Solano.

The series is hosted by California State Parks, in cooperation with Sonoma/Petaluma State Historic Parks Association.

Lectures will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7; Thursday, Nov. 21; and Thursday, Dec. 5.

Admission will be $10 at the door or $5 for Sonoma-Petaluma State Historic Parks Association members and California State Park volunteers.

The lecture topics include:

• Thursday, Nov. 7: “Places of Refuge: Indians and Spanish Missions in the San Francisco Bay” presented by Tsim Schneider, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, UCSB. Schneider will examine the archaeology of Spanish missionization in Marin and Sonoma counties and the creative ways Indians built connections to countless “places of refuge” orbiting the missions.

• Thursday, Nov. 21: “The Impacts of the Spanish Missions on California Indians” presented by Nicole Lim (Pomo), director of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center.

• Thursday, Dec. 5: “Indigenous Landscapes, Mexicanized Indians, and the Archaeology of Social Networks in Alta California” presented by Ruben G. Mendoza, Ph.D. Department of Social, Behavioral and Global Studies, CSU, Monterey Bay. Mendoza will examine the indigenous landscapes of pre-contact California as they affected Indian communities identified with the missions along California’s north central coast.

Sonoma State Historic Park is a California State Park which includes Mission San Francisco Solano, the Toscano Hotel and Kitchen, the Sonoma Barracks, the Casa Grande site and Servant’s Quarters, Gen. Vallejo’s Home and historic fields, and the Blue Wing Inn. For further information contact Mission San Francisco Solano at 938-9560, the Silverado Sector office at 938-1519, or visit parks.ca.gov..

Mission San Francisco Solano (Sonoma Mission) is located at 114 E. Spain St. in Sonoma.

Refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. Lectures will begin at 7.

California State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors who need assistance should contact Mission San Francisco Solano at 938-9560.