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Celebrate love with a special tea honoring our Camron-Stanford House resident sweethearts, Franklina and William. Delight in gourmet tea and traditional finger sandwiches, scones, and sweet treats. Tea admission includes access to current exhibit and house tour. $45/general, $40/members. Tickets Available Online: https://bpt.me/4479077Find out more »
This spring the Camron-Stanford House will offer the opportunity to join an innovative team of volunteers interested in local history. Learn about Oakland’s exciting past, polish your public speaking skills, become a history detective and take part in the creation of new exhibits. This is a terrific opportunity to expand your knowledge and learn to give guided tours of the historic Camron-Stanford House, an architectural treasure that is a City, County, and State landmark, and listed on the National Register…Find out more »
Join us for the first in our new Virtual History Happy Hour series. Author and historian Roland De Walk will join us to talk about his recently published book, "American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford."Find out more »
Beginning around the mid-nineteenth century, many women across the United States did away with the tight corsets and layers of petticoats associated with femininity and embraced alternatives, including bloomers, for relief. However, dress reform meant different things to various groups of people. This discussion will explore the aims and desires of a range of dress reformers--from everyday women who worked on farms, to famous women's rights activists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton.Find out more »
One of the most popular forms of live entertainment in the nineteenth-century United States was the freak show: the exhibition of a large group of people with unusual bodies, skills, or cultural backgrounds, who performed on a stage in front of a large paying audience. From the 1840s to the 1920s, Americans from all across the country—from San Francisco to New York City, from the working class to wealthy elites—attended freak shows with a sense of awe, excited to see performers ranging from The Tattooed Lady to the The Living Chinese Family.Find out more »
The Family Historian: Capturing and Preserving the Stories of Things So many of the things around us have stories embedded in them with the memories and personalities of those who made, used and cherished them. These stories are typically lost when the last person who knows the stories confuses it or passes away without capturing it orally or in writing. Simple tools can help take you beyond the names, and dates of your ancestors and into the stories of their…Find out more »
When gold was discovered in the rivers of Sutter Hill in Colma, California, the discovery drastically changed the landscape of 19th century California. A wave of settlers with gold in their eyes moved into mining hot-spots, building (and sometimes destroying) communities in the process. In this presentation, Andy Carpentier takes us through the restoration of an 1866 Gold Rush Cabin located in Sonora, CA, known as the "Queen of the Southern Mines." Join us for insight into the history, architecture,…Find out more »
Local paranromal researchers Alameda Paranormal and The Haunted Bay visited to investigate the rumors of ghosts, spirits, and other-worldly energy at the Camron-Stanford House. Using specialized tools to measure paranromal activity and to attempt to communicate "beyond the veil" these researchers went room by room in search for evidence of spirits lurking in the shadows. Join us for a great discussion with the research team! They will tell us more about their work exploring paranormal activity in the Bay Area…Find out more »
Venture into the world of 19th century hair work and learn about how locks of hair helped people affirm relationships in life and death.Find out more »
Join us for a very special Virtual History Hour! We are slinging something a little different this time...
Together we will explore some common victorian era bar ingredients, walk through mixing cocktails using classic 19th century recipies (provided by the likes of Charles Dickens), and perhaps together we can solve the mystery of what exactly the mysterious long-lost recipe for the famed Timber Doodle cocktail might have been...