Mapping the East Bay's Long Lost History

Lecture | November 5 | 12-1 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), room 208

 Liam O'Donoghue, journalist, historian and podcast host, East Bay Yesterday

 UC Berkeley Extension

Every day we watch the landscape of the Bay Area - from historic buildings to natural environs - change before our eyes. Journalist and historian, Liam O'Donoghue, tracks these changes on a historical map called, "Long Lost Oakland," featuring some of the most impressive features of the local landscape that no longer exist: Piedmont Baths, a swimming complex with hot tubs, pools and a café; Idora Park, an amusement park that included a roller coaster and a zoo; the Berkeley Kangaroo Rat and Sooty Crawfish, once abundant in the East Bay hills and creeks; or the Fruitvale orchards for which the district is named.

Join us at this free public lecture as O'Donoghue presents his map, incorporating political, social and architectural detail, and in doing so, connects the past to the world we live in today as well as insight into what the East Bay may look like tomorrow.

"This map isn't about evoking nostalgia or romanticizing past eras," says O'Donoghue. "It's about trying to make sense of the constantly shifting nature of Oakland in this moment when we can look around and watch the landscape change before our eyes."

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