Bi-Weekly Update - May 14th

Hello CCPHers,

Here are some interesting history events happening soon in California as well as articles pertaining to history.

In other news:

  • CCPH invites any announcements or articles relating to history from our members and mailing list to include in our updates. CCPH is also accepting submissions for our California History Action web page. Any Public History articles, book reviews, events and/or projects are welcomed as submissions to help us promote history. Email any of your submissions to

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From: Spartan Salute - May 2017 Bulletin

Military, Military Historical and Veterans Events in the San Francisco Bay Area

Saturday, May 20th 7:00 am to 11:00 am

Pancakes For Patriots

San Mateo County’s First Responders Lions Club

Hillsborough Town Hall, 1600 Floribunda Avenue, Hillsborough

Proceeds will support postage for packages campaign sending shipments to the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan.

$10 per person, Under 5 years old free

For information contact LeAnn Thornton, Hillsborough Adopt-A-Unit or (650) 375-7470

Saturday, May 20th 11:00 am (Boarding) 12:00 Departure 4:00 Return

S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien Liberty Ship Veterans Memorial Cruise

For information go to or (415) 544-0100

Upcoming events: July 4 Dockside Fireworks Viewing; July 29 Fortress S.F. Cruise; Sept. 9 S.F. Bay Wine Cruise; Oct. 7,8 S.F. Fleet Week Cruises

Saturday, May 20th 2:00 pm

Lecture: Sal Compagno “Why World War One Changed America”

$5 Admission

Richmond Museum of History 400 Nevin Ave Richmond, CA 94802

Exhibit How World War One Changed Richmond open until June 30th

Wednesday, May 24th 6:00 pm

Lecture: Retired British Army Brigadier Rod (Roderick) Macdonald “The Falklands: 35 Years On”

The Falklands War from April 2 to June 14, 1982 was the largest air sea battle since World War II. British forces launched the longest amphibious operation in history sailing 8,000 miles to retake the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic invaded and occupied illegally by over 10,000 Argentine soldiers and marines. Retired British Army Brigadier (General) Rod (Roderick) Macdonald will give a personal overview of the campaign. He was part of the four man group that planned the land campaign on HMS Fearless and, as an Army Commando, he commanded 59 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers part of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines who were the primary British assault force. The naval, land and air campaign involved battling South Atlantic gales in an antarctic winter along with land fighting over inhospitable and mountainous terrain. In a matter of weeks, 1,000 men died, 2,000 were wounded, 23 ships were hit and seven sunk along with 91 fixed wing aircraft and 23 helicopters destroyed before the Islands were eventually liberated. The Argentine military Junta/Government, that had murdered somewhere between 10,000 to 30,000 of its own citizens, fell.

Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel

609 Sutter Street

San Francisco

For more information contact: Membership & Development Department
Tel: (415) 673-6672 ext. 229 

Saturday, May 27th 10 am

2017 Memorial Day Service and Luncheon

Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel

609 Sutter Street

San Francisco

For more information contact: Membership & Development Department
Tel: (415) 673-6672 ext. 229

Saturday, June 3, 2017 (Reservations Taken Until May 20th)

75th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway Dinner

Cocktails begin at 5:30 pm; Dinner 6:30 pm

Guest Speaker: Admiral Scott H. Swift, Commander US Pacific Fleet.

Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel

609 Sutter Street. San Francisco

A formal but lighthearted naval dining out, where protocol is to be followed and fines are levied for the occasional accidental or intentional breaches.

Rules of the mess will be sent prior to the event, and they will be posted in the welcoming area. Until the past year, the event was a living history event where surviving Veterans of the engagement were our guests of honor. Members of our mess have included Douglas Dauntless pilots and radiomen/gunners, codebreakers, crewmembers from the patrol aircraft that spotted the advancing Japanese fleet, and the helmsman/lee-helmsman from the carrier YORKTOWN while under attack. Our last Vet passed away this year, just short of the 75th anniversary, and we’ll be honoring him and all our fallen mess members this year. This will be our committee’s twentieth and final presentation as a Marines’ Memorial Club dining out. In the future, the celebration will be hosted by the Naval Order San Francisco Commanderie as an informal luncheon.

For more information, please contact the Membership & Development Department
Tel: (415) 673-6672 ext. 229

Saturday June 3, 2017 2:00pm

Lecture Susan Anderson, Curator & Founder of Memory House, "World War I, Resistance and the New Negro in California"

$20 for Lecture & Reception.

Richmond Museum of History - 400 Nevin Ave Richmond, CA 94802

From: San Joaquin County Historical Museum

Special Exhibition on Stockton Chinatown

Extended by Popular Demand

Micke Grove Regional Park – “Washington Street: The Heart and Soul of Stockton Chinatown,” a special exhibition at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum, has proven so popular that it has been extended through August 13. The exhibition is a collaborative effort between the museum and the Chinese Benevolent Association of Stockton; it opened at the museum in late January.

“Washington Street” chronicles Sam Fow (Cantonese for “third city” or Stockton) from the early 1900s through redevelopment in the 1970s. Memories and artifacts from the bygone era are shared, thanks to the efforts of Julie Blood, the museum’s Collections and Exhibit Manager, and many community members.

The museum is located within Micke Grove Park at 11793 N. Micke Grove Road, Lodi, CA 95240. Regular museum admission is $5 for adults (18-64), $4 for seniors (65+) and teens (13-17), and $2 for children (6-12). Admission is free for children 5 and under and for members of the San Joaquin County Historical Society. There is a parking fee for each vehicle entering Micke Grove Regional Park, waived for members of the Historical Society. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday; closed Mondays and Tuesdays and selected holidays.

The nonprofit San Joaquin County Historical Society maintains and operates the 18-acre Historical Museum. The Society provides education programs for school groups such as “Valley Days” and “Pioneer School Day” (in the 1866 Calaveras School). The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information see

San Joaquin County Historical Museum

11793 North Micke Grove Road

Lodi, California 95240

Phone: (209) 331-2055

From: California Association of Museums


Help California museums stay relevant and inventive by submitting a proposal for CAM 2018 by Friday, May 26th. We have a diversity of formats this year to offer a myriad of experiences--from hands on activities and workshops, to roundtable discussions and sessions. There is something for everyone!


Trends make great session proposal topics. Bring together a diverse group of museum professionals to share how a hot button issue impacts your museums. Roundtable discussions and dialogue dinners provide the opportunity to dig deeper into topics that are relevant to niche audiences. Successful topics last year included working with volunteers, teens, and legacy loans. Is there a resource you want to share with other museum professionals? Consider submitting a proposal for a pre-conference workshop. Evaluation planning, public speaking, and working with the media are all potential ideas. Some learning experiences are best facilitated through hands-on activities. Submit a creative station proposal to demonstrate how interactivity can help convey a mission or theme in a more tangible way.


Program contributors receive generous registration discounts. Submit a proposal, get "in on the action", and join us in Palm Springs Feb 5-7, 2018. Learn more, get help, and submit your proposal today.

From: Sonoma County Library

Sonoma County Library Announces an Employment Opportunity


Learn more here

From: California Historical Society

Psychedelic Soul is a three part event produced by CHS and Museum of the African Diaspora. These panel discussions will examine the scope and breadth of the influence of the Summer of Love on the African American community. Encounter 1: Awakenings Thursday, June 8, 2017, 6:30 PM Explore the emerging elements of the Black psychedelic impulse and how the arts began to play an effective role in uprooting presumptions of the institutions of the day. Encounter 2: Aspirations of 1967 Thursday, July 13, 2017, 6:30 PM This second encounter in the Psychedelic Soul series examines the explosion of activity - cultural, social, and political - that took place in this historical moment in 1967. The many social strands of society that were being transformed and confronted could be thought of as a singular force of its own, a wave of consciousness and a sense that people collectively were creating something entirely new. Encounter 3: Outcomes Thursday, August 10, 2017, 6:30 PM This third encounter in the Psychedelic Soul series addresses the outcomes of the period of radical counterculture and how African American artists and free-thinkers applied their craft, and exercised their ideals, imbibed with the liberating lessons of the Summer of Love.

Children of the Love

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 6:00 PM Learn More

For decades, Northern California has been Ground Zero for countercultural communities, rejecting conventional suburbia in favor of individualism and personal freedom. But what happens to children with this background, growing up amid such unorthodox family dynamics? Three Bay Area authors—Alysia Abbott, Clane Hayward, Joshua Safran—with recent memoirs meet on the summer solstice to discuss their experiences growing up in the shadow of the Summer of Love. Moderated by Ianthe Brautigan-Swensen. Presented in partnership with Litquake.


California Council for the Promotion of History

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