02 September 2019

M.B. Curtis: An Immigrant, Actor and Philanthropist in Berkeley


Peralta Park Hotel

BAHA & The Hillside Club Present:

M.B. Curtis: An Immigrant, Actor and Philanthropist in Berkeley

A lecture by Richard Schwartz

Monday, 4 November 2019
7:30 pm
The Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley

$10 donation requested at the door.

Historian Richard Schwartz will tell the fascinating story of Maurice B. Curtis (1849–1920), an actor who made his name as Sam’l of Posen, and the various philanthropic and notable deeds he performed for Berkeley—deeds that still carry significance today. As Curtis catapulted himself to fame and fortune, he was thrilled to help the town he loved and its people thrive.

Schwartz will also discuss the history of Curtis’s Peralta Park Hotel—the tallest hotel in the Bay Area at the time and now the site of Saint Mary’s College High School—and share previously unpublished details.

This presentation will include Berkeley-specific stories not included in Schwartz’s book, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis, which was recently released in paperback.

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