Community · Family · Murals · Oakland · Public History · T Sisters · Zell Family

Oakland—A Home for Murals

Creativity. I find it all through the Oakland Museum of California, and as close as in my own backyard. Last year I began to notice the murals all around Oakland, and saw them even more since muralist Antonio Ramos was shot while painting a community mural in Oakland. 2014 was a busy year for murals… Continue reading Oakland—A Home for Murals

Community · Courage · Dorothea Lange · Japanese American Internment · Oakland · Public History · World War II · Zell Family

Sent Away and Coming Home

OMCA has opened a new Sent Away bay, giving the visitor a more visceral experience of the Japanese-American Internment. It has replaced the old bay which exposed the experience at Tanforan detention facility—euphemistically called Tanforan Assembly Center, and formerly the Tanforan horse racing track—where Japanese-American families were detained during WWII. In the original exhibit, the… Continue reading Sent Away and Coming Home

Baby Lift · Ben Glover · Discovery · Mrs. Dikeman · Sam Brannan · Touring · Vietnam · World War II

You Never Know…

It’s been quite a week in the gallery for me. On Friday afternoon I took a friend and her three sisters, all from California, on a tour of the History Gallery. Fridays are my regular day in the gallery with students. I spent the morning on Gold Rush tours and was looking forward to covering… Continue reading You Never Know…

Blogging · My Sister · Retirement · The Northwest

Being a Guest Blogger

Earlier this year I was contacted by George Rede who has a wonderful blog called “Rough and Rede II, Just one voice on The Left Coast.” He is a friend of my sister, Alexandra Zell and her partner, Brian Wartell, in Portland, Oregon. George recently retired from the newspaper, The Oregonian and OregonLive.com, as a journalist after 30 years.… Continue reading Being a Guest Blogger