The Blood (left) & Woolley Houses (photo: Daniella Thompson, 2017)
Nine rehabilitation projects received our 2017 Preservation Awards. See them here.
Saturday, 7 October 2017
Lecture: 10:30 am
Building One, Room 111
Tour: 12:00 pm
Yerba Buena Island
Free of charge
Lecture: Midway 1942: Time for a Command Decision
Speaker: Michael Svanevik, Professor of History Emeritus, College of San Mateo
After Pearl Harbor and other breathtaking military victories, Japan was intoxicated with feelings of invincibility. In June 1942, enemy forces maneuvered toward American-held Midway. Brilliant naval intelligence and the steadfast determination of Admiral Chester Nimitz altered the tempo of war, crippling invaders and taking to the offensive in the Pacific.
Tours of Nimitz House: Rear Admiral John Bitoff, USN (ret), who lived in the house as Commander, Naval Base San Francisco in 1989–1991, will give an introductory talk and lead participants on a tour through the house. Built in 1900, the Classic Revival mansion is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
For additional information, see the Treasure Island Museum website.
The Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
All lectures begin at 7:00 pm
Tickets $15; $40 for the series
Order tickets here.
There is evidence of human habitation in Berkeley as long as 5,700 years ago. The Berkeley area’s first residents were Ohlone Lisjan native people; their descendants still live in this area. The West Berkeley Shellmound—a City of Berkeley Landmark—is the oldest known of hundreds of shellmound sites around San Francisco Bay. For nearly six thousand years, people have chosen Berkeley as a place to live.
In the late 19th- and early 20th centuries, the above-ground portions of the Berkeley Shellmound were demolished, and streets and developments were laid over a good part of the site. However, much history and culture remains underground; previously unknown native burials were discovered as recently as 2016 along Fourth Street. One square block remains undeveloped, bounded by Fourth Street, Hearst Avenue, University Avenue, and the railroad tracks. A major commercial/housing/parking garage project is currently proposed for that block, and going through the City’s review processes.
Thursday, 26 October 2017, 7:00 pm
Archaeology and Mapping the Shellmounds
Brian F. Byrd, Ph.D., a prehistorian and archaeologist specializing in the Bay Area shellmounds, and R. Scott Byram, P.h.D., an archaeologist and the author of Triangulating Archaeological Landscapes, will talk about the importance of the shellmounds in the mapmaking efforts of the U.S. Coast Survey more than a century-and-a-half ago.
Thursday, 2 November 2017, 7:00 pm
The Native Perspective
Ohlone leaders Corrina Gould, Ruth Orta, and Vincent Medina will present a panel discussion on the ancient ancestral West Berkeley Shellmound site.
Thursday, 9 November 2017, 7:00 pm
Land Trusts, Conservancies and Cultural Easements as Tools for Preservation
This panel will include Johnella LaRose and Corrina Gould from Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, speaking on their experience with cultural easements. Cory Wilkins will describe the work of The Archaeological Conservancy. We have also invited the Trust for Public Land.
The series is sponsored by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, Indian People Organizing for Change, California Institute for Community, Art and Nature & Earth Island Institute’s Sacred Land Film Project.