A community of scholars based in
the San Francisco Bay Area
Fall 2020: Revealing San Francisco’s Hidden 19th-Century Black History: A Tour of California Historical Society Artifacts, lecture by Susan D. Anderson, SF History Days (video here)
Summer 2020: Harlem of the West: The Fillmore Jazz Era and Redevelopment, online lecture by Elizabeth Pepin Silva
Fall 2019: An event-filled two-day excursion to Sacramento
Fall 2019: Tour of Marin Civic Center and presentation by member Bonnie Portnoy on The Man Beneath the Paint: Tilden Daken
Summer 2019: Reading of Judith Offer's play, Scenes from the Life of Julia Morgan
Fall 2018: Public Program, "South Asians in the South Bay: The Privileged Immigrants"
Spring 2018: Excursion to Niles area of Fremont with historic train ride and silent film museum
Spring 2018: The California and the West study group initiated the two public programs on "The Future of the Past in the Digital Age" and Benjamin Madley's talk on An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846–1873.
Fall 2017: Martinez Adobe Fandango; Public Program: “Siberia and California: Connections During the Russian Revolution and Civil War”
Fall 2016: Amador County
Summer 2016: San Francisco Presidio
Winter 2016: Berkeley History Center
Spring 2015: Sonoma Plaza
Winter 2015: San Francisco Public Library
Summer 2014: Red Oak Victory and World War II Homefront National Historic Park, Richmond
Spring 2014: Los Gatos History Museum, "American Bohemia: The Cats Estate in Los Gatos”
Winter 2014: Tour of California Historical Society exhibition on Juana Briones, January 25
Summer 2013: Green Gulch Farm Zen Center visit, August 15
Spring 2013: Visits to Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum and the McCune Collection at the Vallejo Public Library, April 13
The Institute for Historical Study is a community of researchers, writers, and artists. Our common bond is a devotion to history in its many forms. Through wide-ranging programs, we share research, ideas, and practical advice and provide a public forum for the discussion of history.
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Welcome to our newest members.
Vince Emery created Vince Emery Productions http://www.emerybooks.com/
where he combines his skills as writer, literary detective, editor, and publisher, producing books and videos by and about established writers. “Our goal,” he writes, “is to give readers a deeper, closer connection with their favorite authors.” Dashiell Hammett, Harvey Milk, Jack London, and George Sterling are among the featured authors. Vince is currently working on “George Sterling's Greatest Hits,” “The Harvey Milk Letters,” and soon, “Writers of Carmel: An Anthology.”
Nathan Alexander Foxton is an artist living in San Francisco. Before moving here last year he had been working in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Harrison Center for the Arts (curator), at Ivy Tech Community College, University of Indianapolis, and Herron School of Art + Design (adjunct instructor). He’s a figurative painter, constructing space from a two-dimensional perspective. Nathan is interested in telling stories through his art about the soul of place and has a background teaching art history among other subjects. He has exhibited his work in group and solo shows.
John Hyde Barnard is a musician, writer, historian, and a retired Los Angeles City Librarian. He recently signed a publishing contract for “The Creole Incident: The Beginning of the End of Slavery,” a runner-up in the San Francisco Writers Conference Adult Non-Fiction Category (2021). “This historical narrative,” he writes, “details how the Union and the Constitution were saved, twenty years before the Civil War, by the actions of a few select members of the House of Representatives, led by the venerable John Quincy Adams, along with a handful of radical abolitionists and 19 enslaved individuals. The book is slated for release in late 2022.” John is still active as a musical arranger, director, publisher and performer and divides his time between Sausalito, Los Angeles and New York.
Members: Please submit news of your history-related publications, lectures, awards, research finds, etc. to email@example.com.
We welcome all men and women who have a commitment to historical study, which may be demonstrated in one or more of the following ways...
Institute for Historical Study
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Berkeley, CA 94708