Lecture Series

2016 Schedule

Lectures take place at the Alameda Museum. Admission is free for museum members and $10 for others. No reserved seats. We open at 6:30 p.m. on lecture nights. Come early to save a seat and enjoy the displays in the History and Art Galleries. View past lectures.

  • March 24- Development of Transportation in 19th Century California. Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos. Presented by Evelyn Kennedy, Alain Pinel Realtors, and Alameda Museum Board Member.
  • April 28- The Downeasters 1869-1925 Alameda architect Richard Rutter
  • May 26- Early pinball art from the ’30s to ’50s Michael Schiess of the Pacific Pinball Museum
  • June 23- History and Mystery: Freemasonry & the Alameda Masonic Temple Island City Lodge, Number 215 Cancelled.
  • July 28- A.W. Pattiani: Alameda Designer/Builder Paul Roberts, former President of AAPS (when it was the AVPS), will return to the story of A.W. Pattiani and the houses he built in Alameda from 1879 through 1902. He will discuss a number of new discoveries that provide insight into Pattiani’s early designs and his contributions to the grand residential street of Alameda, Central Avenue. Paul will also illustrate Pattiani’s short excursion into building a new town (El Verano) from scratch in Sonoma County. Sponsor: Peter Fletcher, Broker, Windermere Real Estate.
  • August 25- East End Arts & Crafts Alameda author and historian Woody Minor. The lecture will focus on Craftsman houses as they developed in the East End, from the bungalows of Robert C. Hillen to residences by Delanoy & Randlett, including designs by architects like A.W. Smith and T.D. Newsom. The talk will also delve into the area’s history, from Indian mounds and Gold Rush cottages to vanished Victorian mansions. Sponsor: Jim Smallman, Alameda Preservationist.
  • September 22- Jack London. Oakland historians Annalee Allen and Gene Anderson will discuss writer Jack London’s early days in Oakland and Alameda. 2016 is the 100th year since his death at age forty at his Beauty Ranch in Glen Ellen, Sonoma County, California. Sponsor: Evelyn Kennedy, Alain Pinel Realtors, and Alameda Museum Board Member.