Meyers Carriage House Rededicated

Meyers Carriage House Rededicated

Alameda Museum News, Meyers House News, News
Nearly forty contributors and supporters gathered to celebrate the newly renovated Carriage House in the Gardens of the Meyers House this past Sunday afternoon. Led by Board President (and Alameda Sun co-Publisher) Dennis Evanosky, the event featured a Proclamation from Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer, remarks and thanks from Curator George Gunn, and delicious homemade refreshments. Among those also in attendance on the lovely autumn afternoon were docents and volunteers at the Meyers House and Garden, current and former Museum Board members, other MHG supporters and contributors, and Vice-Mayor Frank Matarrese. The Meyers House is a City of Alameda Landmark, designated Historical Monument Number 26. It was constructed in 1897 for noted Alameda architect, Henry Haight Meyers. He is best known locally for designing the First Presbyterian Church and the portal to…
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Alameda Legacy Home Tour 2015

Alameda Legacy Home Tour 2015

Alameda Museum News, News
The Alameda Legacy Home Tour is coming up, Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 11AM to 5PM. It's a self-guided tour featuring five period homes and a church. Participants will partake of exterior charms, lush garden settings, and beautiful interiors in this offering of spectacular dwellings. Come celebrate the history of our island city. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of. Tickets and more information at alameda-home-tour.org. Also, Preserving California's past: Alameda Legacy Home Tour and the Home Tour promo video.
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City Council Report 2015

City Council Report 2015

Alameda Museum News, Meyers House News, News
Board President Dennis Evanosky presented the Museum's Annual Report to the Alameda City Council on Thursday evening, July 16, 2015. In his 15 minute report, Dennis covered our progress over the past year, including major renovations at the Meyers House, a tour behind the scenes in the Museum archives, the Museum's ongoing needs for conservation supplies, and a preview of an exciting opportunity to land a matching funds grant from the State of California. The report was well received by the Council, with all Council members and the Mayor agreeing that the Museum was an important cultural institution in the City, deserving the support of the community and the City. Click the following link if you would like to view Dennis' presentation. Or click the following link for a page…
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Railroaders Once Called East End Home

Railroaders Once Called East End Home

Alameda Museum News, News
At least eighteen railroad men lived in the neighborhood that surrounded South Pacific Coast Railroad’s High Street Station. They included six brakemen. Charles Deal and his stepson Edward Hein both did this very dangerous job. They lived at 3227 Monroe St. (today’s Encinal Avenue). Brakeman Harry Pennock lived at 3214 Monroe St. just across the train yard from Deal and Hein. Pennock’s home just sold for more than $1 million (see Kane’s advertisement below.) Three locomotive engineers also lived near the South Pacific Coast’s train yard: John McCauley, William Thompson and Henry Jonas. Jonas lived on High Street between Briggs and Sterling avenues. He and his fireman, Edward Colson, were killed when his locomotive, No. 19, jumped the track on Jan. 31, 1899, at the Fifth Street Station on the…
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2015 Museum Luncheon

2015 Museum Luncheon

Alameda Museum News, Meyers House News, News
By all accounts, the 2015 Museum Luncheon was a huge success. More people attended this year than ever before, the newest board members were sworn in by Mayor Trish Spencer, and bidding on the silent auction items was fiercely competitive. More than 90 museum members, docents, and volunteers attended the delicious meal held on the fourth floor of the Masonic Hall. In addition, attendees were treated to a poem written and read by the City's Poet Laureate, Julia Park Tracey. Thanks to everyone who made this event happen, especially to former Board Presidents Diane Coler-Dark and Robbie Dileo, long-time volunteers Lisa Koltun and Debra Hilding, the helpful people of the Masonic Hall, Joanne McKay for her beautiful table decorations and centerpieces, the caterers, and all the other volunteers who gave their time to make the…
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The Year in Review

The Year in Review

Alameda Museum News, Meyers House News, News
As a part of our Annual Luncheon yesterday, Board member Jim Smallman created a presentation highlighting some of the accomplishments, achievements and advances at both the Meyers House and the Alameda Museum in the past 12 months, including repairing the fence and carriage house at the Meyers House, a new furnace at the Museum and much, much more. Download a copy (in PDF format) by clicking here.
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Museum Archive Inspires Local Author

Museum Archive Inspires Local Author

Alameda Museum News, News
[caption id="attachment_1712" align="alignleft" width="300"] Julia Park Tracey reading The Great Gatsby. Credit: Ed Jay[/caption] Alamedan Julia Park Tracey will hold a launch party in the Art Gallery of the Museum Friday, January 9, 2015, 7:00- 8:30 pm, for her new novel, set in a fictional version of Alameda: "San Pedro Island." The book is based on an old photo from the Alameda Museum showing early settlers digging up the shell mound on the island. It features Veronika Layne, a sassy tattooed, twenty-something newspaper reporter, who stumbles upon a big story — and has to beat deadlines as well as real estate developers before they destroy native burial grounds, all while mismanaging her love life. The launch party will feature a reading from the novel and a talk about the role…
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Shaken, Not Stirred

Shaken, Not Stirred

Lectures, News
How did you fare during the August 24 quake that shook us awake at 3:30 that morning? Did you ever wonder what it was like to be in largest earthquake ever unleashed by the Hayward Fault? Author and historian Richard Schwartz will offer riveting first-hand accounts of people who lived through the October 21, 1868 earthquake on the Hayward fault. It measured 6.8; the recent temblor clocked in at 6.2… [caption id="attachment_1692" align="aligncenter" width="768"] A mill in Hayward was destroyed by the 1868 earthquake on the Hayward fault. Seismologists believe that this fault is due any time for another major eruption of similar magnitude. (source: UC Berkeley Sunsite)[/caption] Schwartz will use many photos and illustrations to illustrate what happened in the Bay Area before, during, and after the 1868 Hayward…
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Alameda: Troop 78 Boy Scouts honored at Meyers House

Alameda: Troop 78 Boy Scouts honored at Meyers House

Meyers House News, News
ALAMEDA -- The Meyers House hosted a flag-raising ceremony Aug. 17 to honor the Boy Scouts from Troop 78 and adult volunteers for removing a huge water storage tank on the property and restoring a flagpole. George Gunn, curator of the Alameda Museum, had approached volunteer Carl Ramos about the tank and flagpole. Ramos then contacted Assistant Scoutmaster Steve Ramos, who involved Boy Scout Troop 78, which is chartered through St. Philip Neri Church. Carl Ramos and his grandsons, Nathan, Zach and Ian Ramos, restored the flagpole. Work on removing the water storage tank from the Carriage House of the Meyers House began in July 2013 and was completed in November 2013. Working in pairs, the Scouts took shifts using a torch to cut the tank into small pieces for…
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Flag Raising Ceremony Photos

Flag Raising Ceremony Photos

Meyers House News, News
Scouts from Troop 78 raised a historic flag in the garden of the Meyers House Museum.  The ceremony was a celebration of the original 1897 flagpole, restored by Alameda Museum volunteer Carl Ramos and his grandsons.  Legions in vintage clothing took part, as did Mayor Marie Gilmore, historian Woody Minor, and officers from both the Police and Fire Departments. Delightfully garbed in Victorian costume, Jim Smallman was the M.C. Below are  photos from Museum Board President, Judith Lynch and Museum Director and Meyers House Committee Chairman, Charlie Howell. Click on any of them to enlarge. [gallery link="none" ids="1681,1679,1653,1642,1643,1644,1645,1646,1647,1648,1649,1650,1651,1652,1654,1655,1656,1657"]
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