How Do You Do Genealogy? SAASC Tour November 18, 2008

by Kathryn Doyle (11/5/2008)

The California Genealogical Society will be hosting members of the San Jose State University Society of American Archivists Student Chapter (SAASC) on Tuesday, November 18, 2008.

Laura Spurrier and Dick Rees will be talking to students about how to untangle family trees and how to help people trace and uncover family histories. Students will take advantage of the CGS Library resources and stay and research their own family histories after the lecture.

Christina Fidler, Library Assistant at the University of California, found CGS in a directory of local libraries. She acts as event coordinator for the northern student chapter of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at San Jose State’s School of Library and Information Science. Christina arranges group visits as a way to connect SJSU archival students with the “amazing collections around the Bay Area” and to “provide students an opportunity to meet each other outside of their digital classrooms and gain a strong sense of community.”

The volunteers at CGS are looking forward to the day!

The Great Wall of Oakland

by Kathryn Doyle (11/4/2008)

The Great Wall of Oakland
Friday, November 7, 2008
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Scheduled Theme: Democracy

The best thing about the recent Information Swap Meet for the tenants of 2201 Broadway was meeting so many nice people who work “upstairs” in the Breuner Building. (We genealogy-types tend to head straight down to the “lower level” at 2201 Broadway and never really interact with our neighbors in the building.)

I’ve communicated with Carly Perez-Munoz, Breuner Building Operations Manager and with Chris Curtis, Metrovation’s Project Manager, but only via email, so it was a pleasure to talk with them in person.

Carly and Chris told me about the special role that the Breuner Building plays the first Friday of every month when one wall of the building at 2201 Broadway becomes “The Great Wall of Oakland” – a 100 by 100-foot outdoor screen for experimental media art. It’s all part of the Art Murmur, a group of galleries in Uptown Oakland that have openings every first Friday of the month.

Chris explained, “Our idea in creating the Great Wall is to use the huge wall of our building at 2201 Broadway to provide a unique public venue for Oakland artists to display their visual artistry. We think the Great Wall of Oakland is an excellent addition to the Arts and Entertainment character of the Uptown District.

The Oakland Great Wall and Art Murmur gallery walk is now in its second year. The Great Wall overlooks Grand Avenue just west of Broadway, above a parking lot behind Luka’s Taproom & Lounge.

Graphic from the Oakland Cultural Arts Web site.

Unraveling Historical Cold Cases: A Workshop November 15, 2008

by Kathryn Doyle (10/31/2008)

CGS member Penelope Curtis sent this notice of an upcoming workshop.

I have been involved with the preservation of the North Star Mine House, designed by Julia Morgan in 1905, for many, many years. Part of that preservation has been in-depth research into the lives of its primary occupants which led me to my own ancestors. The result is this workshop on November 15 that features a local historian who has written numerous accounts of female pioneers.

The North House was designed by Julia Morgan as a hospitality house for the North Star Mine. This photograph is from the Foote family collection. Arthur De Wint Foote took the photo in 1907 when he was superintendent of the North Star Mine and the new host of the house. [Photograph from Penelope’s SmugMug gallery.]

The North Star House docents present Grass Valley author Chris Enss.

Saturday, November 15, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the North Star Mine House, Grass Valley, California.

Join us in a workshop to learn from Ms. Enss how to unravel cold cases as an historical detective. She will share ten tips for conducting personal genealogical or historical investigations:

1. Prowling the courthouse; 2. Nosing around the archives; 3. Checking out the church; 4. Hunting through the home; 5. Tramping through the trades; 6. Delving into the dispensary; 7. Poking around the Pokey; 8. Roving over the reports; 9. Listening for clues; 10. Noticing the newspapers.

Workshop fee $45 will benefit the North Star House rehabilitation.
Bring your own lunch.
Workshop attendees limited to 25.

Make checks payable to: North Star Historic Conservancy, Post Office Box 578, Cedar Ridge, CA 95924

Ms. Enss is an award-winning screenwriter who has written for television, short subject and feature films and for stand-up comedians. She is the author of several books, including A Beautiful Mine: Women Prospectors of the Old West, Hearts West: True Stories of Mail Order Brides on the Frontier and How the West Was Worn: Bustles and Buckskins on the Wild Frontier.

For reservations or more information e-mail Penelope Curtis or call 530-798-5955.