Rezanov and Concepción | Camelcast – Season 1, Ep. 5

The fifth episode of the Benicia Historical Museum’s COVID Quarantine Camelcast is now live!

Our 2020 summer intern and podcast host Dean Putong has returned to Yale for his senior year, but he recorded several episodes of our COVID Quarantine Camelcast with Executive Director Elizabeth d’Huart before he left.


In Episode 5, Rezanov and Concepción: Benicia’s Romeo and Juliet, Dean and Elizabeth discuss the political and historical climate that lead to this unusual romance!

Dean Putong is a senior at Yale University and a history and political science major who is also the President of his fraternity, Sigma Chi.  A passionate and talented individual, Dean spent last summer studying foreign policy and political theory at the London School of Economics and has also been chosen as a Yale research assistant, contributing his time and efforts to several books due to be published in 2021. Dean says “I found my passion for history when I was very young, and museums played a vital role in that … I believe learning about history is vital for our society today.  With the crises we’re currently experiencing, the past can give us context, references we can draw upon to find new solutions”.

If you missed our other Podcast episodes  – Why Are There No Camels at the Camel Barns?, Manifest Destiny, or “Do You Have a Flag?”, The War Within the State Meets the War Between the States: California’s Place in the Civil War, and Matthew Turner: Benicia’s Genius Who Changed Ship Design, — be sure to give them a listen!


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