Admission is free for museum members and $10 for others. No reserved seats. Doors open at 6:30PM and the lecture begins at 7PM. View past lectures.
APRIL 25: ARRIVAL OF THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD – DENNIS EVANOSKY & ERIC KOS
Join Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos as they explore Alameda’s role in the September 6, 1869, arrival of the transcontinental railroad on A.A. Cohen’s San Francisco & Alameda Railroad. Discover the part that the “Curse of Dead Cow Curve” (if you believe in curses) may have played in stopping the transcontinental trains from running through Niles Canyon and onto San Jose and into San Francisco. Dennis and Eric will tell of the shenanigans that led to the 1882 murder of the man who some say placed the curse on the Western Pacific Railroad’s 1866 attempt to traverse today’s Nile’s Canyon.
Sponsor: Evelyn Kennedy, Alain Pinel Realtors, & Alameda Museum Board Member.
MAY 23: A CONCISE HISTORY OF ALAMEDA’S VINTAGE NEON SIGNS – GRETA DUTCHER
Local Author Greta Dutcher known for the Alameda Postcard History Series and Images of America – Alameda presents an illustrated talk on the remaining vintage neon signs in the city of Alameda, with an emphasis on the beauty of neon as an art form; also, the documentation, preservation and restoration of neon signs.
Sponsor: Liz Rush, Realtor, McGuire Real Estate.
JUNE 27: BLACK MILITARY HISTORY – LEON WATKINS & LARRY THOMPSON
As founding members of the group The Walking Ghosts of Black History, Watkins and Thompson promote awareness of African-Americans’ roll in the military history of the United States, as well as community service and outreach to veterans and active duty military. The presentation will explore African-American service during war time, with a focus on WWII, as NAS Alameda served a major role in protection of the Pacific.
Sponsor: Pacific Coast Community Services.
JULY 25: ALAMEDA LEGENDS; ATHLETES AND FIELDS OF DREAMS IN THE ISLAND CITY – JAMES FRANCIS MCGEE
Former resident James Francis McGee will bring to life images and stories of yester-year during his presentation about Alameda athletic legends of days gone by, with an emphasis on Japanese American players in the ATK League. McGee will honor the many athletes who competed on the field of play for the love of the game throughout the decades.
AUGUST 22: THE WEST END – WOODY MINOR
This lecture will relate the history of the West End from the first land divisions during the Gold Rush to the present day. Vintage maps and photographs will help us track the first railroads, bathing resorts, and industries. Webster as the West End “Main Street” will receive due note, as will 20th century icons like Neptune Beach, Bethlehem shipyard, the Naval Air Station, and the wartime housing projects. Along the way we will see how the area’s rich history is reflected in its wealth of well-preserved architecture.
Sponsor: Peter Fletcher, Broker, Windermere Real Estat