Spring 2020 LECTURE series

Each month Oakland Heritage Alliance hosts an informative and entertaining presentation on a different topic. Each event is held in the landmark American Bag Company building (enter via OK Stereo, 3rd floor), 299 Third Street at Harrison. 


how Transportation corridors and eminent domain changed oakland

Lake Merritt and the associated Grand Lake-Lakeshore-Trestle Glen areas of Oakland transitioned mid-20th century from using a streetcar-interurban corridor of transportation along Grand Ave. (22nd Street) to one dominated by the MacArthur Freeway. This presentation will utilize aerial photos, photos by rail enthusiasts, and images from eminent domain records to capture this transition and the associated controversies, and to recreate the architecture and street scenes lost as a result.

photo credit: Addison Laflin 3/7/54, Courtesy BAERA, Western Railway Museum Archives, 76320ks


Oakland History Center librarian Dorothy Lazard presents a talk on the growth of Oakland’s African American community during a period of enormous change in the city. She will share stories of the political and cultural movers and shakers who helped Oakland become one of California’s most progressive cities. A slide show will accompany this presentation. 

hays canyon

Join us to learn all about Hays Canyon -- now known as Moraga Canyon -- as it winds from its base up into the Oakland Hills. Hays Canyon was shaped by such locals as Jack Hays, Walter Blair, and Henry and Nellie Maxwell, and by amusement parks, dairies, and quarries. Presented by Kathleen DiGiovanni, a long-time OHA walking tour leader and a regular contributor to the OHA News, Kathleen was formerly a librarian at the Oakland Public Library. She has logged thousands of hours in the Oakland History Room, promoting and guiding exploration of Oakland’s history through its rich resources.