Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Humanities & Communication


In 1947 on the Fourth of July weekend, the American Motorcycle Association sponsored the Annual Gypsy Tour in Hollister, California. Between one and four thousand people attended the rally, thus doubling the population of the small agricultural community. Stories of this infamous weekend have been passed through families and the mass media for the past fifty-five years. What is the true history of that Fourth of July weekend, 1947, in Hollister, California? While trying to determine fact from fiction, I have found that the mass media has a great influence on how we remember the past. Many people in Hollister, as well as the rest of the country, remember this event. The mass media has also "remembered" this event by documenting it, be it truly or falsely. How has the mass media shaped the way the nation remembers the Hollister Independence Rally: 1947-present?


Capstone Project (B.A.) Institute for Human Communication