The blaze of Sept. 17, 1923, caught Berkeley firefighters completely unprepared, leaving nearly 4,000 homeless before a change in wind stopped it at the edge of downtown. Fire experts warn that a fire just as bad — or worse — could happen today.
A group of residents spent a quarter century installing 120 plaques at Berkeley’s most notable locations. The city’s historical society is now taking over its work.
White neighbors tried to block Aimee Baldwin’s great-grandparents from buying a home on McKinley Avenue. A show she’s co-curating tells their story, and others’.
Lind loved her children and grandchildren, local history, reading mysteries and researching family history and genealogy.
What’s next for old city hall and Civic Center Park? The next few months could be pivotal.
Aaron Goldstein has been peering over fences to admire the area’s remaining windmill-topped water towers, vestiges of an era before municipal water. Now he’s writing a book.
Activist and historian David Mundstock’s political archive was recently donated to the Berkeley Historical Society. A sampling of papers, posters and more will be on display starting Nov. 6.
The installation will feature businesses, churches, and the political and social scene from 1940-2000.
Le Conte Elementary School could one day have a new name. Photo: Nancy Rubin Berkeley school officials are considering changing the name of Le Conte Elementary after community members raised concerns about its namesake, Joseph Le Conte, a deeply respected UC Berkeley faculty member and a passionate conservationist who helped found the Sierra Club. Le Conte was […]
Christina Seely’s “JUGIS, Helios Arcticus,” part of the exhibition, Speed of Light, at The Brower Center, during its first-ever Earth Day Festival on Saturday. Photo: Courtesy the artist EARTH DAY The Brower Center is hosting its first-ever Earth Day Festival, on Saturday, April 18 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be hands-on workshops, live […]
Former Rivoli Theatre, 1941 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. Photo: John Storey I venture to say that most people who have driven by the 99¢ Only Stores on San Pablo Avenue just north of University Avenue have never stopped and gone inside. I further venture to say that most people who have shopped at the […]
3D-printed trains created by Grizzly Peak Model Trains, a new Berkeley company exhibiting at Maker Faire on May 17-18. Photo: GPMT Before it housed a smoothie shop and an SAT prep building, the island on Shattuck Avenue and Center Street was a bustling train station. The trains and streetcars that ran along the avenue for […]