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You are invited to our

33rd Annual Meeting and

exhibit opening

April 17th, 3-5 pm


John Solomon

Allen Stross

Speaker: John Solomon
Founder and director of the
How Berkeley Can You Be? parade

Annual Board member election

Exhibit viewing of parade photos by
Allen Stross and others


John Solomon

Allen Stross      

Berkeley Historical Society’s new exhibit, “How Berkeley Can You Be?” highlights the world’s zaniest parade, which lasted from 1996 to 2008. The event, organized by the University Avenue Association and John Solomon, who was inspired by Pasadena’s Doo Dah parade, brought out Berkeley’s creative best. The parade lovingly satirized well-known Berkeley clichés. The largest West Coast Art Car Fest began there in 1999. Featuring photographs by Allen Stross and other photographers.

Coming Event

Sunday, May 1st, 3-5 pm - Exhibit Opening
The Berkeley Co-op Story, curated by Therese Pipe

Be sure to sign up for our Spring walking tours


The Board of the Berkeley Historical Society proposes the following list of Officers and Directors at Large for 2011-12.

These nominations will be presented to the membership at the Annual Meeting on April 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm at the Berkeley History Center. All BHS members are encouraged to attend that meeting and vote. Your membership should be in good standing--dues paid up--before April 17. All Officers and Directors at Large serve one year terms. The terms of those elected at the April, 2011 Annual Meeting will run through the April, 2012 Annual meeting.

Members are also offered the opportunity to nominate individuals other than those identified below to serve as Officers or Directors at Large. In you are interested in nominating an individual who is not included on the list below, we ask that you notify the First Vice President, Steven Finacom. Please sent the name(s) and contact information of any individual(s) you propose to nominate to him on or by Friday, April 1, 2011. Please notify him in one of two ways: by e-mail, to ; by hard copy / hand delivery to his mailbox at the Berkeley History Center. The Center is generally open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1-4 PM.

If you wish to nominate someone as an officer or Director-at-Large and also wish that nominee to have the opportunity to communicate by mail the qualifications of that individual to the membership and solicit votes in advance of the Annual Meeting, please observe the April 1 deadline for notification of candidacy. You will then be contacted about the details of sending candidacy information to the membership.

Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the Annual Meeting and each nominee will have an opportunity to speak to the membership about his/her qualifications at the meeting.


John Aronovici is a 5th generation Berkeleyan and has held a number of positions on the BHS Board including secretary and president. He presently spends his time helping coordinate various BHS activities and is active in exhibits preparation and design of various BHS publications.

Buzz Cardoza is currently Second Vice President of the Historical Society. He is a docent at the History Center and is currently chairperson of the Walking Tour Committee. He is a Berkeley native that left after college and returned 40 years later to live in nearby Emeryville. He is an architect and has been fascinated since childhood with the variety of architectural styles exhibited in Berkeley’s residences.

Tom Edwards joined the BHS in 1995 and the Board in 1999, and was elected first Vice President in 2001, and served as President from 2003 to 2005. He was Chair of the Walking Tour Committee from 2000 until 2003, and continues to serve on the Archives and Walking Tours Comittees. Tom is a retiree from a career in finance.

Steven Finacom is currently the First Vice President of the Historical Society. He has curated History Center exhibits and led walking tours on a variety of subjects. He writes the weekly “Berkeley 75 Years Ago” column for the Berkeley Voice. Finacom works at the University of California, Berkeley, and is also involved there in volunteer activities focused on UC and campus history.”

Phil Gale was born in Berkeley with a certificate of birth signed by Alta Bates herself. His family has lived in Berkeley since about 1890. He has been BHS treasurer since 1982. His specialty has been street railroads, the Key System in particular.

John Hammond is currently the WebMaster for the Historical Society WebSite. A recent transplant to Berkeley (2004) he is a 2nd generation San Diegan and was very involved with community planning issues in Bonita (San Diego County). He is a retired Computer Systems wonk from what was the Naval Electronics Laboratory in San Diego.

Ed Herny is actually a “founding” board member, having served in that capacity since the founding of BHS. He has been a partner in the creation of several BHS exhibits and co-authored a book on Berkeley history (Berkeley Bohemia).

Judy Levitt Kennedy has been a Board member and secretary for a number of years. She is currently chairperson of the program Committee, is a docent at the BHS Center, and helps with oral history.

Margot Lind is a long-time board member and serves as a docent in the BHS History Center. She was co-president with Carl Wikander for two years. She is currently editor of the newsletter and always welcomes article submissions.

Tim Lundgren is a volunteer at the Berkeley Historical Society He is a second generation Berkeley born and raised native son. Tim is a retired Albany Fireman with a long time interest in the history of Berkeley and California.”

Allen Stross (Master of photography) has been a Berkeley resident since 1979. He is active on the BHS Board with the publications and history walks committees. He calls himself a “photo philanthropist for many non-profit organizations.

John Underhill, A Berkeley native, is retired as Senior Photographer for the UC Berkeley Cancer Research Lab, a geography major, docent at the Berkeley Historical Society, and leads some of the Society’s History Walks. He is also a docent/narrator for USS Potomac (FDR’s Floating White House).


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