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Mother Lode Trip, Sept. 23–25

Angelo Rossi family store, Volcano, CA, early 1878. The bundle of white in Maddalena Quirolo Rossi’s arms is her infant son, Angelo J. Rossi, future mayor of San Francisco. (from original tintype, courtesy Rose Marie Cleese)

Angelo Rossi family store, Volcano, CA, early 1878. The bundle of white in Maddalena Quirolo Rossi’s arms is her infant son, Angelo J. Rossi, future mayor of San Francisco (from original tintype, courtesy Rose Marie Cleese).

Members of the Institute, along with members of the Italian-American Studies Association, had a fabulous history trip to the heart of California’s Gold Country the weekend of September 23–25, 2016.

Thank you to Rose Marie Cleese for organizing it! For a report on the weekend, see our Fall 2016 newsletter.

History of Art Venues in Berkeley

Howard Sketch croppedAnn Harlow and the California and the West Study Group invite Institute members and their guests to a day of local art and architecture history in Berkeley on Saturday, January 23, 2016. We will meet at 10 am at the Berkeley Historical Society, Veterans Memorial Building, 1931 Center Street. In the History Center, we will tour Ann’s exhibit, “Art Capital of the West”: Real and Imagined Art Museums and Galleries in Berkeley. The exhibit explores more than a century of hopes, dreams, successes and setbacks of Berkeley art institutions. Ann will also lead a brief behind-the-scenes tour of the Historical Society’s other spaces in the building. Following lunch at Pedro’s Brazil Cafe (1960 University Ave., in a complex that received a historic preservation award), those who are interested can follow Ann on a walking tour past the Studio Building (2045 Shattuck Ave.), the soon-to-open new UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Center and Oxford streets), and other points of historical interest. RSVP to Ann.

Image: John Galen Howard, Study for Museum, University of California, 1919. John Galen Howard Collection, Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

It’s Mini-Grant Time!

US-$500-LT-1880-Fr-185lThe Institute Board of Directors is pleased to announce the Mini-Grant Program for 2015-16. The deadline for this year’s application is September 15. The Mini-Grant Committee will examine the applications and report its decisions to the Board, which will have the final say. Checks will be issued by October 15.

The purpose of the program is to assist Institute members in good standing to complete worthy, sound and original projects of historical scholarship. Past mini-grants (usually $500 or less) have been used to pay for duplicating, translation, travel, and conference registration, but are not limited to these uses. For more information, see Information for Mini-Grant Applicants. Download the application form here.

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

Vallejo Outing April 13, 2013

2012 Annual Dinner Lecture Report

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 30, home of Lorrie and Bob O'Dell, Oakland
Medieval Study Group: John Rusk presenting on the Mayans with emphasis on their own medieval period. Please contact Lyn Reese for time and location.

Sunday, June 11, 1:30 p.m., at the home of Rob and Cathy Robbins, San Francisco
Writers Group: Ellen Huppert presenting

Wednesday, June 14, 1 p.m., home of Ann Harlow, Kensington
Play Readers: Victoria Regina by Laurence Housman

Saturday, July 8, 1:30 p.m., Mechanics Institute Library, San Francisco
Board Meeting