California and the West

The California and the West study group consists of Institute members with a particular interest in the history of our region. Often we find our areas of research overlap, leading to new insights and resources. Past presentations by members have covered such topics as the roles of different ethnic groups in San Francisco history, women’s religious orders, the history of the League of Women Voters in Berkeley, art and museums in San Francisco, the Grabhorn Press, and individuals of historical note.

Increasingly, we have been organizing day trips, open to all Institute members, to points of historical interest in the Bay Area. One recent excursion included a tour of Jack London State Historical Park in Sonoma County followed by a program put on by the Glen Ellen Historical Society. On another occasion, we visited the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum and the McCune Collection of the history of fine printing.

For more information or to offer a program or tour, contact Judith Offer or Ann Harlow.

California and the West Events
Upcoming On November 8, 2014, all interested California and the West members are invited to a planning meeting for 2015. All options will be open, including more or less frequent meetings, as well as lectures (in house or to other groups or schools), discussions, or any other plan of interest to aficionados of California history. Contact Jody Offer or Ann Harlow to attend this meeting, or with questions or suggestions. Past 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 Fall 2013: Organizational meeting, November 2 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 Fall 2012:  A day in Glen Ellen—private tour of Jack London State Historic Park, lunch at Jack London Village, program by Glen Ellen Historical Society, October 20