What’s New

Saturday, February 29,  Annual Meeting, 10 am–2:30 pm, Dimond Branch of Oakland Public Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave.Oakland, CA  Afternoon speakers will be new members Kevin Knauss, Pam Pierce and Tim Welsh.

Sunday, March 8,  1:30 pm, Writers Group, at the home of Rose Marie Cleese in San Francisco. Rose Marie and Katya Miller will present.

Sunday, March 15,  2:00 pm, Monthly Program, at the home of Nancy Zinn in San Francisco. Monika Trobits will present: Exploring an Urban Legend: San Francisco 1923

World War I had ended and the Depression was still a decade away. In between were the 1920s . . . the “Roaring Twenties,” a time of optimism and prosperity. A “New Woman” emerged during the ‘20s when women received the right to vote while the birth of public radio broadcasting led to the “Jazz Age.” The decade began with Prohibition and a new president, who installed the first radio in the White House in 1922. The following year, he and his wife came to San Francisco. In her illustrated presentation, Monika will enliven the era as she explores the circumstances of that visit and the local urban legend that arose out of it against the backdrop of the city as it was in the early 1920s. Her talk will be a visual augmentation of the two-part article she wrote for the IHS newsletter.

Tuesday, March 17, 1:00 pm, Play Readers Group at the home of Joanne Lafler in Oakland. We will begin reading a 20th century version of a Greek tragedy, Antigone, by the playwright Jean Anouilh.

Saturday, May 9,  40th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon at Le Bateau Ivre, Berkeley.

Member News

Welcome to our newest members: Elise Ackerman, Kevin Knauss, Pam Peirce, and Anne Schnoebelen. Learn about them under Member Profiles.

Members' Recent Activities:

Taryn Edwards has an article in the latest Argonaut (Journal of the San Francisco Historical Society) on “Before the Midwinter Fair: The Mechanics’ Institute’s ‘Pacific Rim’ Industrial Exhibitions of 1869 and 1871."

In October Peter Stansky and his co-author Fred Leventhal are publishing with the Oxford University Press Leonard Woolf: Bloomsbury Socialist. In April, Peter published an “Afterword” to Elisabeth de Waal’s Milton Place (Persephone Books), a novel written shortly after the war but hitherto unpublished. “It came to light through a meeting I had with her grandson, Edmund de Waal, author of the highly regarded memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes.”

Christopher L. Webber has just published Christian Psalms for Worship and Prayer. “The
traditional psalms written between two and three thousand years ago are an irreplaceable treasure,” Christopher writes, “but they can create problems for modern users. They come from an age unimaginably different from ours and take for granted patterns of life unfamiliar to most of us. To supplement, not replace, these psalms, I have taken passages from the writings of some of the greatest Christian teachers of every era, for example, St. Augustine, Julian of Norwich, Dorothy Day, Mother Teresa, and restructured them in the poetic style of the Biblical psalms which rhyme ideas, rather than sounds, to provide texts that can be used either in formal worship or in private meditation.”

In May, as part of the series of talks for the Supporters of the Museum of Russian Culture, Maria Sakovich presented “Russian Choral Music in San Francisco in the 1920s and 1930s: Cultural Riches and Cultural Sharing.” She was very pleased to have Rob Robbins in the audience. In the June 22 issue of Russian Life her talk from last year in the same series was published with photos: “Last Steps of a Long Journey – First Steps of a New Life” (part of a panel presentation about the USAT Merritt’s 1923 Russian refugee-emigrant passengers). Anatol Smelov kindly translated the article from English to Russian.

Ann Harlow wrote an article about the history of Berkeley’s City Hall for the Berkeley Historical Society newsletter and is working with a group on a self-guided history walking tour of Solano Avenue. She recently attended the Conference of California Historical Societies in Placerville, as did Peter Meyerhof.

Jody/Judith Offer writes that she is “enjoying readings and some sales of her new
‘soon-to-become-history’ chapbook, The Grating of America, about the disastrous consequences of our current administration and some of the people fighting it. Copies are available at several bookstores in Oakland and Berkeley and online. If you have any ideas for bookstores, clubs, or churches/synagogues that might schedule a reading, please contact me."

Congratulations to Our 2018 Mini-Grant Recipients:

Jim Gasperini, for editing and other expenses in preparation of a book manuscript with the working title Fire in the Mind: How We Imagined the Non-Living Relative that Gave Us Control of the World.
Richard Hurley, to revise and reprint panels of a traveling exhibit, California in the Civil War.
Joe Miller, for research, editing and illustrations for an article, “Wild Women Suffragists and the Sex Scandals that Almost Sank the Movement.”

Members:  Please submit news of your history-related publications, lectures, awards, research finds, etc. to webmaster@instituteforhistoricalstudy.org.