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The History Center will be closed for Labor Day  on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 3, 4 and 5 to give our docents a much deserved vacation!

New! 
Check out the Oral History page. The first two FSM
interviews are up on YouTube through that page.

Last Chance, current exhibit Berkeley Goes to the Fair closes OCT 03, 2015

BERKELEY GOES TO THE FAIR! examines the PPIE experience from the opposite side of the Bay. In 1915, the East Bay–and Berkeley in particular–looked out across the waters to the lights of the Jewel City, and connected to the Exposition in numerous ways. Berkeleyans had a hand in planning, designing, staging, and documenting the Exposition, from the Palace of Fine Arts designed by Berkeley architect Bernard Maybeck, to the PPIE “13th Labor of Hercules” poster painted by UC professor of art Perham Nahl, to the PPIE visit of the Liberty Bell (suggested by Berkeley civic leader Wells Drury). Berkeley, and other East Bay cities, also vigorously collaborated–and competed–with San Francisco for tourist dollars, convention visitors, favorable publicity, and new permanent residents and businesses generated by the PPIE. And, of course, thousands of Berkeleyans flocked to the PPIE to see the sights. The exhibit tells the story of the PPIE from the Berkeley viewpoint. It will also include a section on Berkeley and the 1939/40 Golden Gate International Exposition, and other 19th and 20th century fairs and expositions. Flyer HERE

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