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Fall 2014 Walking Tours

Tours start at 10:00 am and end at approximately 12:00 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 wheel chair accessible unless otherwise noted.

Saturday October 4: 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, 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 October 18: 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 October 25 : Charter Hill Student Spirit, and The Big “C”
Led by UC 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 November 8: 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 November 15: St. Marks Episcopal Complex--Led by Allen Stross
Visit the new student housing complex, “Metropolitian,” the new reception hall, and the old historic chapel with Tiffany stained glass windows, and two residential houses on Bancroft.


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