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Virtual History Happy Hour: “Ina Coolbrith: Poet, Mentor, and Oakland’s First Public Librarian”

Virtual History Happy Hour: “Ina Coolbrith: Poet, Mentor, and Oakland’s First Public Librarian”


Ina Coolbrith’s passion was poetry, but she made a living as a librarian in Oakland where she mentored Jack London, Isadora Duncan, and Calla Shasta Miller, Joaquin Miller’s daughter. Years before Coolbrith was named California’s first poet laureate in 1915, she encouraged youth seeking knowledge at the Oakland Public Library.

About Our Presenter

Aleta George is the award-winning author of Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate. Her work has also been published in California Magazine, Estuary News, and Smithsonian.


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Virtual History Happy Hour with Roland De Wolk: American Disruptor

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.”

American Disruptor is the panoramic saga of Leland Stanford – whose older brother Josiah was an instrumental force in his life – from his birth in a backwoods bar, to his founding of the great university bearing his name that is the birthplace, incubator and sustainer of Silicon Valley. It is the astonishing adventure of how one supremely ambitious man became the nation’s original disrupter while engineering one of the greatest raids on the public treasury for America’s first Big Tech – the transcontinental railroad – and lived more opulently than maharajas, kings, and emperors. And, it is the drama of how his underestimated widow saved his legacy, and the university bearing his name even as it teetered and almost closed – only to be murdered in one of the great cover-ups of the age. Richly detailed and deeply researched, American Disruptor restores Leland Stanford’s rightful place as a revolutionary force and architect of modern America.

Part of a new breed of historians, Roland De Wolk alloys the disciplines of serious, documented history with relevant, vivid storytelling. During his almost four decades in journalism De Wolk has specialized in investigative projects in print, broadcast and online, earning him most major citations in his field, including the Society of Professional Journalists’ coveted Career Achievement Award. Roland is a history graduate of UC Berkeley, was a fellow at Stanford University and is the author of three previous books.

Our Virtual History Happy Hour series aims to bring a little bit of history home to you. Our guest speakers will preset a brief presentation, followed by an informal Q and A chat. Bring your own drink! Whether a glass of wine or a cup of tea, we look forward to (virtually) gathering with you and raising our glasses to history!

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