Sunday, 23 November 2014
2 pm – 4 pm First Church of Christ, Scientist
2619 Dwight Way, Berkeley
Celebrate 40 years of preservation education and action: BAHA was incorporated in 1974.
Join us at Berkeley’s foremost landmark, Bernard Maybeck’s First Church of Christ, Scientist (1910), for remarks and reminiscences by founders and leaders of BAHA.
We welcome the entire community to this free event as we also celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Landmarks Preservation Ordinance and the many struggles to preserve the heritage and texture of Berkeley.
Reserve a seat and a slice (of cake), but come in any case, reserved or not.
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Looking Back: The Free Speech Movement at Fifty
2 October 2014 – 11 April 2015
ThursdaySaturday, 1 pm4 pm
History Center, Berkeley Historical Society
Veterans Memorial Building
1931 Center Street, Berkeley
The exhibit, part of the Free Speech Movement’s 50th Anniversary, features photographs, oral history excerpts, and artifacts from the 1964 events and also traces the Civil Rights Movement predating FSM and the struggles that followed. The effect on Berkeley and UC, the role of the FBI, COINTELPRO and NSA, and where we are today are included.See details of the accompanying lecture series here.
Admission is free. For additional information, visit the BHS website.
Berkeley Historical Society Fall 2014 Walking Tours
Tours start at 10 am and end at approximately 12 noon. Pre-paid reservations are required and tickets are not refundable. Order tickets here.
Saturday, 4 October: Telegraph Avenue Before the Sixties
Led by Steve Finacom
Telegraph Avenue is one of Berkeley’s oldest streets, dating to the 1860s. Over the decades, it evolved from a residential street for the well-to-do to a neighborhood shopping and church district surrounded by family homes, then to a busy street of off-campus hangouts for students and a few bohemians in the 1950s. Some surprising early buildings survive. Our lead guide will be former BHS president Steven Finacom, but information for this tour also comes firsthand from several BHS members who grew up in Berkeley and remember “Telly” as long ago as the 1930s. Wheelchair accessible.
Saturday, 18 October: Sunset Cemetery, El Cerrito
Led byTim Lundgren and John Underhill
A tour of the Sunset View Cemetery, where many Berkeleyans are at their final resting place. It was opened in 1908. Since Berkeley has no cemeteries, most Berkeleyans are either buried at Sunset in El Cerrito or Mountain View in Oakland. Includes tour of the mortuary and visits to graves of historic Berkeleyites. Some uphill walks. #25 B loop bus from downtown Berkeley.
Saturday, 25 October: Charter Hill Student Spirit and the Big C
Led by the U.C. Rally Committee
A repeat of the popular walk up Charter Hill behind the UC campus to see some sights of Cal spirit, including the Greek Theatre, Tightwad Hill, the Victory Cannon platform above Memorial Stadium, and the famous Big C at the summit, built by students in 1905. Current students and Cal alumni from the Rally Committee will talk about the spirit traditions of past and present. Bonus: fantastic views over the central Bay Area! Route includes stairs, steep slopes, and sometimes uneven pathways, climbing to an elevation of several hundred feet.
Saturday, 8 November: Telegraph Avenue in the Sixties
Time passes! The Free Speech Movement is 50 years old this fall, and there will be several commemorations and events on and off the UC campus. This walk will be co-led by people who were students at Berkeley in the 60s and saw firsthand how Telegraph radically changed. From Sather Gate to Peoples Park, see and learn about the activist, political, and cultural heritage of Berkeley “in the Sixties” at its famous epicenter, along and near Telegraph Avenue. Wheelchair accessible.
Saturday, 15 November: St. Mark’s Episcopal Complex
Led by Allen Stross
Visit the Metropolitan (a new student housing complex), the new reception hall, the old historic chapel with Tiffany stained-glass windows, and two historic residential houses on Bancroft Way.
Oakland Heritage Alliance Events
Oakland Heritage Alliance offers onging events throughout the year.
Details are available here.
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.
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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