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History Happy Hour: Life, Death, and Locks of Hair

During the nineteenth century, people across the United States collected, exchanged, and displayed locks of hair. Jewelry made from human hair is the most familiar form of hair collecting, in part because many of these pieces have been preserved in archives and historic homes like the Camron-Stanford House. Yet nineteenth-century Americans kept locks of hair in a wide variety of ways. Severed braids, curls, and strands were tucked in letters and sent through the mail, saved in specialized albums, and thrust into the hands of loved ones just before death. Although this practice is often associated with white, middle-class men and women, the emotional meanings carried by locks of hair were broadly shared by Americans from different regions, class backgrounds, racial groups, and religious traditions. Unlike the preservation of saints’ remains (including hair) that formed the cornerstone of Christian worship during late antiquity, hair collection in the United States was not primarily concerned with public commemoration or religious reverence. It was, instead, about ordinary, everyday relationships of affection and commitment. From a nineteenth-century American perspective, each person was fully embodied in his or her hair, even when the lock and the body were miles—or generations—apart.

Our Guest of Honor
Sarah Gold McBride is a Lecturer in American Studies at UC Berkeley. She is a co-founder of the Teaching History Conference, and serves as the Executive Director of the Western Association of Women Historians. Dr. Gold McBride’s first book, Whiskerology, which examines the meaning of hair in nineteenth-century America, is under contract with Harvard University Press.

How to Register
Reigstration for this event is free. Once you register, you will be sent information about how to access the webinar on the event date, including a Zoom link. A reminder with that same link will be sent to you 24 hours before the event.

Pay What You Can
We are accepting donations for this event. If you are able to contribute today, we ask that you use this option to register. We understand that not everyone is in the position to make a donation today, but if you are, we suggest a donation of $5-$10.
Your donation helps support the mission of Camron-Stanford House, and helps us to continue to provide programs just like this one! Donations provide funding for speaker honoraria, technology expenses, and much more that goes on behind the scenes to make these History Happy Hours possible.

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History Happy Hour: Whispers From Beyond

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 and Beyond, their tools and research process, and of course, what exactly they found during their visit to the Camron-Stanford House.

So is the Camron-Stanford House haunted? We will leave that for you to decide.

How to Register
Reigstration for this event is free. Once you register, you will be sent information about how to access the webinar on the event date, including a Zoom link. A reminder with that same link will be sent to you 24 hours before the event.

Pay What You Can
We are accepting donations for this event. If you are able to contribute today, we ask that you use this option to register. We understand that not everyone is in the position to make a donation today, but if you are, we suggest a donation of $5-$10.

Your donation helps support the mission of Camron-Stanford House, and helps us to continue to provide programs just like this one! Donations provide funding for speaker honoraria, technology expenses, and much more that goes on behind the scenes to make these History Happy Hours possible.

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Murder in Old Oakland: A Camron-Stanford House Mystery Game

On October 11, 1890, Virgil Hammer, the wealthiest man in Oakland, is found dead on his estate grounds. Amateur sleuths David Hewes and his step-daughter Franklina Gray Bartlett believe they’ve discovered the culprit. At a memorial reception in the Hewes home, Hammer’s family, friends, and associates gather to honor the departed. The real objective? Exposing the murderer. Can you identify who did it before the culprit confesses?

 

Solve the Crime

$50/General    $45/Members

Game is limited to 36 Suspicious Sleuths

Costumes Encouraged

Admission includes gourmet nibbles and one drink ticket.

 

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The Art of Mourning

Lockets, rings, and black shiny things. Join us as Nicole Corsini of Lang Antiques takes us through the history, symbols, and myths that surround fashionable Victorian era mourning jewelry. Limited to 35 guests!

Stay after the talk for a tour of our Morbid Desire exhibit.

$10/General    $5/Members

 

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Camron-Stanford Night Tour

Join us for a special night tour and see the Camron-Stanford House in a whole new light!

Join us for a special candlelit, shadow-filled tour of our Morbid Desire exhibit, and enjoy a drink and some spooky fun on our veranda before or after your tour.  One night only, limited tickets available.

$10/General    $5/Members

Limited to 15 guests per tour

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Spirits in the Shadows

The Alameda Paranormal Researchers paid a visit to the Camron-Stanford House this summer, and this is your chance to find out about what they discovered.

If you’ve ever been curious about ghosts, spirits, and things that lurk in the shadows, come learn about the work of the Alameda Paranormal Research team at this fabulously spooky guest speaker event. Stay after the talk for a tour of our Morbid Desire exhibit.

$10/General     $5/Members

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