Thank You!

potluckJody Offer once again hosted our annual potluck at her house, and a good time was had by all! Many thanks to Jody and her husband Stuart, and to the fabulous chefs among our group. Eating and drinking together has always been a favorite activity of the Institute for Historical Study!

Thanks to Maria Sakovich for organizing our public program on the Russian revolution and civil war, to Liz Thacker-Estrada for hosting it at the Merced Branch Library, and to Rob Robbins for summarizing a very complex period!

Public Event: “Siberia and California”

Camp Fremont, from postcard

Camp Fremont, from postcard

Siberia and California: Connections during the Russian Revolution and Civil War

Late in 1917 (25 October according to the Old Style calendar, 7 November according to the New Style), shortly after the US entered World War I and began sending troops to France on the side of the Allies, Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace in Petrograd and the Kerensky “provisional government” fell. So began the Russian Revolution. By May 1918 civil war broke out, with the newly formed Red Army and the “White Army” engaged in attack and counter attack in several regions, including Siberia. The war continued in some parts of Siberia into 1922.

California figures in part of this history. The majority of troops that formed the American Expeditionary Force–Siberia (in Russia from September 1918 to April 1920) were trained at Camp Fremont, located in Menlo Park.  Many of the participants of the White forces and refugees leaving Russia via Siberia settled in California in the 1920s and 1930s. (So did some of the Americans after their sojourn in the AEF.)

The Institute for Historical Study and the Merced Branch of the San Francisco Public Library are hosting an evening of four presentations by independent scholars: “The Russian Civil War — A Quick Overview,” “Civil War-Related Collections at the Hoover Institution Archives and the Museum of Russian Culture,” “The Russian Civil War through the Camera of a Young Officer,” and “The Refugee Experience through Siberia.”  Images from local archives and private collections will illustrate the talks. The speakers are Richard Robbins, professor emeritus, and Maria Sakovich from the Institute; Yves Franquien from the Museum of Russian Culture and Hoover Institute Archives; and Lada Tremsina, author of three books on the civil war.

When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Merced Branch, San Francisco Public Library

155 Winston Drive, San Francisco

 

 

History Play Readers Invite Newcomers

Screen Shot 2017-10-17 at 3.14.48 PMThe history play readers will meet on Friday, October 27, at 1 pm at the San Francisco home of Nancy Zinn to read and discuss Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore. The title refers both to Alan Turing’s work as a mathematician  and computer science pioneer, which led to the the breaking of the German “Enigma Code” during WW II, and to his prosecution/persecution for homosexuality in 1952.

We encourage members of the Institute to participate in our play reading sessions, which happen about once a month on a weekday.

Fandango!   

It’s Mini-Grant Time!

Mother Lode Trip, Sept. 23–25, 2016

History of Art Venues in Berkeley

It’s Mini-Grant Time!

Annual Meeting New Member Presentations

Report on San Francisco Main Library Tour

SFPL Tour 1/31/15

Public Program: World War I Films

Local History Field Trips for 2015

Report on Richmond Waterfront Field Trip

Report on Los Gatos Field Trip

Los Gatos Field Trip

History Expo

Visit to Juana Briones Exhibition

Report on Archives Program

Public Program on Archives, October 10

Annual Potluck, September 7

Trip to Green Gulch Farm Zen Center

World Map, Thomas Cavendish, 1707

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Native American Encampment on Lake Huron, Paul Kane (1810-1871)

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The Old Plantation​, ca. 1790, attr. to John Rose

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The Unicorn is Found

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Companions, Claude Raguet Hirst (1855-1942)

Companions, Claude Raguet Hirst (1855-1942)

Golden Gate, San Francisco Bay, Fortunato Arriola (1827-1872)

Golden Gate

Vallejo Outing April 13, 2013

2012 Annual Dinner Lecture Report

Member News

Welcome to our newest members, Gail Greene and Ernest Hook.

Steven Levi is working on his 8th book of creating thinking.  Using history as his guide, his work Off the Wall Thinking illustrates how off-the-wall ideas which were greeted with jeers when introduced have sometimes changed the world. Some of the ideas include toilet paper, braille, “creative equivocation” and other concepts.  This will be Levi’s 82nd book.  His next mystery novel, The Matter of the Dematerializing Armored Car, will be out in time for  Christmas.

Dot Brovarney is publishing a book this fall called The Sweet Life: Cherry Stories from Butler Ranch. Besides editing the collection of stories and photographs, she has provided historical context to the book about a cherry ranch in the hills west of Ukiah. At the center of The Sweet Life stand longtime owners George and Ella Butler, who through their u-pick orchard and a generosity of spirit created a unique sense of community in Mendocino County for over sixty years.

With mention of a body of work including her newest book, Framed by Sea & Sky: Community Art in Seward, Mural Capital of Alaska, and noting that she “meticulously collects, records, and shares the stories of the people, history and culture of Seward through her research, presentations, and publications,” Jackie Pels (Hardscratch Press) has received the 2017 Historic Preservation Award in her hometown of Seward, Alaska. She says she is most pleased by that word “meticulously.”

Ann Harlow has been elected president of the Berkeley Historical Society and continues to serve as editor of its quarterly newsletter (as well as copy editor of our newsletter, the newsletters of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, and the magazine American Art Review).

Monika Trobits will be teaching her third course for San Francisco State’s OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), beginning in late August. “‘San Francisco Urban Journeys’ will consist of 5 walking tours exploring the Embarcadero, the Haight, Civic Center, and Russian Hill. These journeys will begin at 10 a.m. the week of August 21, on either Monday or Wednesday (the course schedule is still being worked out). For more information and to register: (415) 817-4243 or www.olli.sfsu.edu.” “Meanwhile,” she writes, “I continue to fine tune my second book for publication in late 2017 or early 2018. This one will trace the story of a commodity in the San Francisco Bay Area from the gold rush era to the present day.”

On June 24, the City of Sonoma unveiled a fullscale bronze statue of city-founder General Mariano Vallejo portrayed sitting on a bench in the central Plaza. Peter Meyerhof was one of the seven-member committee of citizens which planned all aspects of this monument, hired the skilled artist Jim Callahan to fabricate it, and raised the necessary funds entirely from private donations. This interactive creation was given to the city at a dedication ceremony attended by approximately 300 people. Because of General Vallejo’s historically invaluable memoirs, Peter made sure that he was depicted holding a book entitled Recuerdos.

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

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California and the West Events

Upcoming

Dates not set: Book discussion on Benjamin Madley's An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe; public panel on new methods of history study; excursion to Niles Canyon (Fremont); visit to Marin County Civic Center and its history room with a talk by Bonnie Portnoy on artist Tilden Daken.


Past

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

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Play Readers Upcoming Meeting

Friday, October 27, 1 p.m., home of Nancy Zinn, San Francisco

Breaking the Code, by Hugh Whitemore

Public Programs

Public programs usually occur once or twice a year and have included panel discussions, individual presentations, and film series. Programs are co-sponsored with other institutions, including public libraries, universities, museums, and archives.

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Writers Group Upcoming Meetings

Sunday, September 10, 1:30 p.m., home of Celeste MacLeod
Passages from Celeste's book about Fanny Trollope

Next Medieval Studies Meeting:
To be announced. Please contact Lyn Reese for date, time and location.