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Opening Event for Collection Gems: Forty Years of Documenting Berkeley History and Berkeley History Timeline

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 2–4 pm

Join us to celebrate 40 years and hear a talk by Betty Reid Soskin, the increasingly famous 96-year-old national park ranger who lived in Berkeley in the 1940s and '50s.

Our next exhibit, Collection Gems: Forty Years of Documenting Berkeley History, will display a wide variety of materials collected over the years since the BHS started in 1978. Items will be grouped into several topical areas: schools, businesses, politics and government, performing arts, and family life, as well as some highlights from the society’s own history.

The exhibit will open on Sunday, May 20, with a talk by Betty Reid Soskin, whose memoir, Sign My Name to Freedom, was recently published. The reception following her talk will include a big cake to celebrate BHS’s fortieth birthday.

This special occasion will also include the debut of our first permanent exhibit, an illustrated Berkeley History Timeline that will make it possible for all visitors to get an overview of the history of our city.


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