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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

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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

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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