Saturday, April 26, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Berkeley & the Wars:
A Look Back at local Military Sites
Led by Steve Finacom and John Aronovici
Berkeley ‘s military connections date to Civil War veterans coming west and the founding of the University with Federal funding that required military training for male students. Generations of soldiers, veterans and military organizations have left their local mark. Guides Steven Finacom and John Aronovici will lead through one-time Downtown and UC campus military sites, from Berkeley’s National Guard Armory to an artillery park, with special attention to May, 1933, when Berkeley hosted a gathering of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) (Union veterans of the Civil War). We’ll finish with a special showing of memorabelia from local GAR organizations.
The Elmwood, or“I Ain’t Gona Work on Kelsey’s Farm No More”
Led by Dale Smith
This walk takes us through John Kelsey’s Farm, where he grew the Elms of Elmwood. The Elmwood is one of the oldest commercial districts in Berkeley, little changed from the 1920s. A tight compact business district, it serves the surrounding community with a surprising range of goods and services. This was one of the earliest areas in Berkeley to have a business quota system. The walk will take us through residential side streets where homes of the early settlers still stand as well as the “main drag”.
Saturday, May 10
Led by Phil Gale
his walk will explore the relationship between the early electric street railroads and the real estate interests in the Northbrae area. Who were the big players in the area? Why is Marin Avenue laid out straight up the hill? Why are so many streets named after counties? This walk will involve some stairs and steep grades, al- though all will be on public rights of way. It is not suitable for handicapped people.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Panoramic Hill Trails, Steps and History
Led by Ron Sipherd
Defined by Strawberry Canyon and Hamilton Gulch, Panoramic Hill’s contrasting qualities of proximity to the university and steep, difficult terrain have made it unique among Berkeley neighborhoods since 1888. The tour will explore both aspects and (from the outside) the homes of doctors, professors, and eccentrics who lived there. Visit Ron’s Web site http://www.well.com/~ronks/pix/panowalk to learn more about this walk. Sipherd has spent many weekends climbing and descending its slopes and collecting neighborhood lore. This walk is strenuous and not easily wheelchair accessible. Bring water.
Saturday, May 31
Led by Paul Grunland
BHS walk leader since 1997, Grundland will lead a walk prepared by the McGee-Spaulding-Hardy Historic Interest Group through three historic neighborhood tracts, including St. Joseph the Workers Church, where, Father Harry Morrison, the first President of the Berkeley Historical Society, was pastor.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Bonus Tour: New Cal Libraries
Led by Manuel Erviti, Interim Head of the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library, and Deborah Rudolph, librarian at the Starr Library
For those subscribing to at least three Spring 2008 Walking Tours, this is a free tour of recent Cal buildings, Hargrove Music Library and the CV Starr East Asian Library. It is led by Manuel Erviti, Interim Head of the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library and Deborah Rudolph librarian at the Starr Library. Hargrove Music Library (2004) is the number one academic music library in the US; this high-tech building houses 190,000 volumes of music, books and periodicals, more than 50,000 records, manuscripts and other rare materials. The C.V. Starr East Asian Library (2007), part of the Chang-Lin Tien Center for East Asian Studies, pro- vides a central home for the University’s renowned collections focused on East Asia.