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BERKELEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
 
FALL 2018 WALKING TOURS


Saturday, September 29: Mountain View Cemetery. Led by Dennis Evanosky
(This walk had to be canceled due to leader health concerns. Refunds are available to those who paid for it.)
A walking tour of one of the first cemeteries in the East Bay. Many prominent early Berkeley citizens are buried there, as Berkeley has no cemeteries. The beautiful, extensive grounds are on a hillside with spectacular monuments and views. Not wheelchair accessible.

Saturday, October 6: Berkeley’s First State Institution, the Deaf and Blind School. Led by Steven Finacom
On September 26, 1867, before the University of California was created, public-spirited citizens gathered to dedicate the cornerstone for Berkeley’s first state institution and celebrate with speeches and poetry what would become the California Schools for the Deaf and Blind and is now the University of California’s Clark Kerr Campus. Our walk will explore the history of the elegant and expansive Spanish Revival complex. We’ll also, time permitting, climb the hill behind the campus to see the site of a hidden relic of the Deaf School and spectacular Bay views, and glimpse nearby what may be Berkeley’s oldest surviving single-family home. This walk will include some stairs, and a steep climb of several hundred feet elevation on an unpaved hiking trail.

Saturday, October 13: Great Estates, Houses and History. Led by Ron Sipherd
The hilly neighborhoods of southeast Berkeley contain a wide variety of early twentieth-century houses, estates, paths and other development. The leader is a longtime resident and local historian who has led several walks for the Berkeley Path Wanderers.

Saturday, October 20: The Northside of Campus. Led by Robert Johnson
This walk includes the 1923 fire area, some early mansions, cottages, a few fraternity houses, the Graduate Theological Union, some UC buildings and the incredible Normandy Village. See works by noted architects including Bernard Maybeck, Louis Kahn, James Plachek, Walter Ratcliff Jr., Ernest Coxhead, Lilian Bridgman, and William Yelland. Also noteworthy are the places some famous people lived, the influence of Charles Keeler, tree-lined streets, and other tidbits of history.

SUNDAY, October 28 : 100 Years of Radical South Asian American History in the Streets of Berkeley. Led by Barnali Ghosh
South Asians have been living in California since at least 1850, but their stories are still little known. Started in 2012, by Berkeley residents and community historians Barnali Ghosh and Anervan Chatterjee, the tour brings South Asian American history to life on an engaging two-mile walking tour that focuses on the experiences of people with roots in South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc.) You’ll visit original sites, hear stories, and come away inspired by secret histories of immigrant freedom fighters, feminists, and more. Route is an easy two-mile stroller-wheelchair accessible walk through Telegraph Avenue, UC Berkeley, and downtown Berkeley - ending at Civic Center Park.

 

EXTRA WALKING TOUR, NOT INCLUDED IN SEASON TICKET, LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS:

This walk is fully subscribed as of 15 October!

Saturday, November 3: Art and Noteworthy Trees of Claremont Elmwood. Led by Burl Willes
There is fascinating history behind most of the venerable palms, oaks, redwoods and cedars that were planted over a hundred years ago. As the area became more bucolic, it would be the home of many notable artists. We’ll start at a hidden garden on Russell Street that has two 100-foot-tall oaks, a Valley and a Coastal Live, as well as a date palm planted in 1911. As we visit 12 magnificent trees, stops will be made to revisit the former homes of Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bischoff with new insight from a favorite model, Jane FitzGibbon, who recently visited the History Center from her home in Santa Fe. A relatively easy 90-minute walk, no steps.

A printable order form is located HERE.

Tours start at 10 am and end by approximately 12 noon. Sometimes they are slightly longer, so some extra time should be allowed in case the walk meets an informative passerby or dwells at an interesting site. Tours are limited to 30 paying participants unless noted otherwise. Pre-paid reservations are required and tickets are not refundable. Tours are conducted in rain, shine or Berkeley fog and are wheelchair accessible unless otherwise noted.

Keep a record of your order. E-mail addresses and telephone numbers are very important for last-minute changes and confirmations. You will be sent an e-mail or we will mail confirmations with starting points.

If you have suggestions for future walking tours, please contact the tour organizers at BHSwalks@berkeleyhistoricalsociety.org or leave a message on the BHS phone answering machine.

For last-minute reservations, call 848-0181 between 1 and 4 pm on the Thursday or Friday before the tour to determine meeting place and sign up if there is an opening.

By signing up for any of these walks, all participants agree to the following: “To the fullest extent allowed by law, I agree to waive, discharge claims, and release from liability the Berkeley Historical Society (BHS) and its officers, directors, agents, and tour leaders from any and all liability on account of, or in any way resulting from injuries and damages, whether caused by my own negligence or the negligence of the BHS or its officers, directors, agents, or tour leaders, in any way connected with a BHS activity. I understand and intend that this assumption of risk and release is binding upon my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, and includes any minors accompanying me on the activity.”


The BHS, a volunteer organization, appreciates your support.

BHS offers walking tours in the spring and fall. For year-round walks featuring local history, you might wish to check these sites: 

http://berkeleypaths.org/guided-walks/  

http://berkeleyheritage.com/

http://www.oaklandheritage.org/events.html

http://www2.oaklandnet.com/government/o/CityAdministration/d/EconomicDevelopment/o/CulturalArtsMarketing/DOWD000366 

http://www.sfcityguides.org/ 

http://sfmhs.org/barbary-coast-trail/bct-tours 

http://sfmhs.org/events/walking-tours

http://www.paramounttheatre.com/tour.html

http://www.ectrailtrekkers.org

https://alamedaca.gov/recreation/alameda-walks

http://www.berkeleysouthasian.org/

 

Information about past walks is in the Web Archive.


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