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, as a journalist after 30 years.… Continue reading Being a Guest Blogger

Courage · Dorothea Lange · Hung Liu · Japanese American Internment · Kaiser Shipyards · Public History · T Sisters · The Dust Bowl · Touring · World War II

Back to the Beginning: Docent Training and Understanding Public History

Today I began to learn first hand the meaning of the docent’s college-level class, California History as Public History. Betty Reid Soskin came to the museum to talk to the docents for our monthly Advanced Training and New Year’s Luncheon. Betty is the oldest park ranger in the United States— 94 years young, for sure.… Continue reading Back to the Beginning: Docent Training and Understanding Public History

Death · Dias de los Muertos · Discovery · Family · Ofrenda · Touring

Dias de los Muertos 2015

I’m going to put the process for becoming a “full-on” History OMCA docent on hold and look at our current exhibit, Rituals and Remembrance. This year when the opportunity arose to join the training for Dias de los Muertos, I said, “Yes.” Training started in late September and I gathered with fellow docents in the… Continue reading Dias de los Muertos 2015