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Richard Schwartz launches new book

Historian Richard Schwartz is marking the release of his latest book, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis (RSB Books, April 2017), with a presebtation and book signing of his latest volume, a biography of Maurice B. Curtis, the actor who made his name as “Sam’l of Posen” and who built the fabled Peralta Park Hotel.

Sunday, 15 October 2017
2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Oakland Public Library
125 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Thursday, 16 November 2017
7:00 pm Oakland Heritage Alliance
Chapel of the Chimes
4499 Piedmont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611

Thursday, 21 December 2017
7:00 pm Congregation Beth El
1301 Oxford Street
Berkeley, CA 94709


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Courtesy of Sgt. Michael J. Holland (Ret.) of the Berkeley Police Department Historical Unit

August Vollmer: The Father of American Policing exhibit at BHS

23 April 2017–30 September 2017
Berkeley Historical Society
Berkeley History Center
1931 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

August Vollmer, one of the most extraordinary men ever to serve as police chief in America, is rightfully considered The Father of American Policing. His innovative use of science and technology, applied to policing, made him instrumental in the creation of the first lie detector and police crime lab, and his advocacy for police higher education, which led to the creation of degrees in Criminal Justice and Criminology, were the underpinnings of his life's work to professionalize the police.

Vollmer served as Berkeley’s Town Marshal and then Police Chief from 1905 to 1932, except for a brief period as LAPD chief in 1923–1924. He went on to found the School of Criminology at U.C. Berkeley and served on the first board of the East Bay Regional Parks District.

The exhibit is based on the book August Vollmer, The Father of American Policingby Willard Oliver, Ph.D., Professor of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Professor Oliver will be present at the opening, which will take place on Sunday, 23 April 2017, beginning at 1:30 pm, at the Council Chambers in Old City Hall.

Additional information is available on the Berkeley Historical Society website.


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Oakland Heritage Alliance Events

Visit the Oakland Heritage Alliance website for the fall schedule of events.

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Free Guided Tours of the Oakland Museum

Founded in 1971, the Council on Architecture at the Oakland Museum of California supports the museum and celebrates its exceptional architecture. Its members are interested in promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the built environment through architectural tours, exhibits, and lectures.

On the first Sunday of each month, at 1 pm, members of the Council on Architecture lead tours featuring the museum’s architecture and gardens. There’s much to talk about with the exciting enhancements to the building by Mark Cavagnero Associates.

For additional information, call Sandra Coleman, (510) 451-6796.

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Guided Tours of the Paramount Theatre

Public tours of the Paramount Theatre are given on the first and third Saturdays of each month, excluding holidays and holiday weekends. No reservations are necessary. Tours begin promptly at 10:00 am at the Box Office entrance on 21st Street near Broadway. The tour lasts about 2 hours and provides a full and informative view of the Theatre. Cameras are allowed. Admission is $5.00 per person. Children must be at least 10 years old, and adult chaperones are required. Please note that some areas of the tour are not wheelchair accessible.

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