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…

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