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The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty

Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley

Earthquake Exodus, 1906

Berkeley 1900

Circle of Stones


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"Richard Schwartz has an absolute genius for showing his readers what was going on behind the big headlines -- little-seen graphic images of what the average person saw and experienced and remembered forever."
"Richard Schwartz is living proof that there is no such thing as dull history...The past springs to life through his nimble mind with absolutely no sacrifice of authenticity."
-Mary-Ellen Jones, retired Bancroft Library archivist, UC Berkeley and current editor of the California Historian, the quarterly magazine of the Conference of California Historical Societies
 
"Besides being an extremely knowledgeable local historian, Richard has a rare gift as a storyteller. When he combines these two roles the result is a wonderful and entertaining evening for his audience. For me, attending one of Richard's lectures is like having a short course from the best possible history professor. You leave having learned a great deal, and having had a most enjoyable time in the process!"
-Arlene Baxter, President, Berkeley Association of Realtors

The History Guild of the Oakland Museum of CA had the good fortune of asking Richard Schwartz to be the speaker at the 2008 annual meeting in June.  One hundred and thirty members attended and were treated to a wonderful, informational presentation by Mr. Schwartz which brought the characters of early Berkeley to life. By the end of the presentation we felt like we  intimately knew the individuals in his book..."
-Yvonne S.  McCredie,  Immediate Past President of the History Guild of the Oakland Museum of California

"Everybody that night was delighted to meet [Richard] and hear his colorful stories full of characters with a Berkeley- San Francisco connection…  
The most impressive thing is this:  he told stories folks had never heard before.  And that says a lot about how deep his digging goes, because we had some veteran history-hounds sitting there in the room that night…Good going Richard!" 
-Lisa Dunseth,  Bernal Heights Branch Library Manager,  San Francisco Public Library

"The audience at this Arts and Culture Salon was enraptured by Richard's presentation, and his description of the heroic fire horses of San Francisco particularly entertained and moved me…my husband has been enjoying the book, Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley, which I purchased at the event."
-Elizabeth Thacker-Estrada, Excelsior Branch Library Manager, San Francisco Public Library

"Richard Schwartz is a fabulous storyteller of Berkeley's history. As a pertinent example, at the Berkeley Public Library, Richard presented stories and slides from Earthquake Exodus, 1906...He made that incredible time come vividly alive with unforgettable and carefully researched vignettes.  He tells unique stories about a unique city...'
-Allan Bern, Community Relations Librarian, Berkeley Public Library

"Richard Schwartz is an amazing speaker. I have seen four of his presentations, and all were excelant, and each featured unique content...Schwartz has clearly done substantial research in historical archives, but he has also  discovered much more through diligent legwork.  The history of Native American life in pre-European times is an area of his special expertise.  He has discovered a number of historic sites and he is working with local authorities to protect them from vandalism... My personal favorite of Richard's yarns is his account of finding a cannonball in Codornices Creek in North Berkeley.
 Our East Bay Regional Parks Volunteer Hiking Patrol was enthralled by Richard's lecture on Native American sites in the local park lands."
-Amellia Marshall, Co-Chair, East Bay Regional Parks Volunteer Hiking Patrol

An Audubon walk I led on a cold, quiet January morning at Redwood Regional Park was one of the more challenging in years; for finding and seeing birds that is. But 'challenging' turned to 'engaging' when Richard began a 30 minute talk about the astonishing history of our Redwoods. Everyone was riveted and many thanked me afterwards for adding this historical dimension to a nature walk. Richard saved the day. He really did. Anyone who has not heard his recounting should seek this out. You will never view the East Bay Redwoods the same way again.
-Rusty Scalf, Audubon Society Field Trip Leader

"Richard speaks with contagious enthusiasm about the history of Oakland's redwoods. The depth of his knowledge is impressive as he makes unique connections between Oakland's redwoods and California's history."
-Madeline Horn, Associate Director, Peralta Hacienda

"Richard, you are a Berkeley Treasure. Really enjoyed the talk and will see the neighborhood differently and with more open eyes from now on. My husband and I LOVED learning about Thousand Oaks. He said, "It's so good to see someone doing what they are supposed to be doing!"  Your love of local history is contagious. Thanks again."
-Nan Phelps, Nan Phelps Photography

"Thanks again for your wonderful talk to our CERT group--people still discuss the lessons learned from your presentation."
  -Member, Community Emergency Response Team, City of Walnut Creek, CA

"When we decided to offer a special event in October 2015 exploring the Emperor's "imperial diplomacy" in the East Bay and were considering whom to invite as our guest speaker, we quickly reached out to Richard Schwartz, whom we knew from his 2007 book, Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley — which includes an excellent chapter on Emperor Norton. Richard was an engaging speaker and a terrific storyteller. He also had done his homework — mining both the Oakland and Berkeley newspapers of the day and other contemporaneous accounts to present the kinds of details about Emperor Norton that one doesn't usually encounter.
Richard was able to marry all of these skills to create an empathetic portrait of the Emperor — a portrait through which Richard's evident love for the subject matter shone brightly."
-John Lumea, President, The emperor's bridge campaign

"The accolades keep coming in; people loved your discussion.  Thanks for your passion and dedication to the native peoples and keeping their memory alive... Schwartz' talk was informative and thought provoking about  a subject too little discussed today in Berkeley, pre-Columbian civilization in the East Bay.  For over two hours he captivated an audience of over 60  Berkeleyeans with tales of discovery and study of the people who lived in what is now Berkeley centuries ago.  Excellent job Richard!"
-Jef Findley, Berkeley History Room, Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch.

"On Saturday, September 24th, with a standing-room only crowd in attendance, the Contra Costa County Historical Society honored the culture and heritage of the County's first inhabitants.  Author/historian Richard Schwartz gave an excellent introduction to the earliest migrants into what is now California.  He also spoke of the weather and geography changes that gave rise to the landforms that we know today.  He spoke particularly about the imminent destruction of the remaining East Bay Shellmounds and their importance to understanding inhabitants there."
-Dean McLeod, Contra Costa Historical Society

Richard Schwartz held the audience in rapt attention when he spoke to the San Leandro Historical Society on June 17, 2017 about the remarkable story of M. B. Curtis. Schwartz knows how to tell a good story, and he is the kind of researcher who dives in to discover and follow the fascinating details and side trails of his subject.
-Cindy Simons, President, San Leandro Historical Society

"Richard Schwartz kept our Commonwealth Club audience entertained while informing them about a missing piece of history: the 19th century actor and entrepreneur M.B. Curtis's fascinating life on stage and off.  Schwartz rescues this once-famous man from the dustbin of history, where he did not belong.  Curtis hobnobbed with other celebrities of the time, but was a man of deep substance as well.  Schwartz makes it all clear with a storytelling style that matches his 19th century topic."
 -George Hammond, ‎Chairman of the Humanities Forum at The Commonwealth Club of California

Grammy award winner rap artist M. C. Hammer (Record of the Year; Album of the Year) approached Richard Schwartz after Richard delivered a private speech and shook his hand and said, "You did a really good job."

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M. C. Hammer, Rap Artist, 2-Time Grammy Award Winner

 

From the Commonwealth Club club talk on Native American culture of the Bay Area talk 10/14/2019

"I'm 11 minutes into the talk and the tears are flowing."
Upon completing listening to the talk:
"Oh my goodness.ÜI think in the hands (or voices) of others, this would sound simply bleak and hopeless. Yet, at the end, I felt positive and hopeful. And I could relate very much. Thank you so "
-Norma Wallace, Ohlone.

https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/archive/podcast/cultures-bay-areas-indigenous-peoples

"What a great talk Sunday about Indian Life at the Hillside Festival. Eye opening. I love the way your storytelling skills make it possible for people to imagine that they are back in the 1700s and the early 1800s, to envision what things looked like, sounded like. And the way you imagine yourself into the minds of the Indians, how they saw the European arrivals, how their beliefs caused them to misunderstand what was happening. And how the Europeans were also blinded, to worse effect. It is clear you put a lot of work into this talk and I appreciate it. It seems like many people there were your fans…Your talk was the best attended of any event at the Hillside Festival."
-David Weinstein, President El Cerrito Trail Treckers


Richard Schwartz's Event Dates in 2023 - Speaking Events and Media Events

Rescheduled from June, 2022,  to May 3, 2023 (rescheduled by Mill Valley Library).  Poppy Talk, The Luminous Relations of the California Poppy and Human Populations of the Bay Area.

Mill Valley Historical Society and Mill Valley Library 7-8.30pm Zoom (possibly live depending on Library's wishes). Richard will walk us through stories of the Native American interactions, beliefs and uses of the California Poppy; the change of worlds when the Spanish arrived here with their livestock herds in the late eighteenth century; how the poppy struggled to survive the Gold Rush and the big squeeze- the American-era land development; how the California Poppy's glowing gifts deeply permeated into the hearts and culture of California; and the wonderful story of the work of a pioneer self-taught woman botanist of the 1870s-1900s whose determined efforts elevated the poppy to the State Flower of California  in 1903.
Mill Valley Historical Society and Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941; tel.415-389-4292; 7-8.30pm

Richard Schwartz's Event Dates in 2022- Speaking Events and Media Events

 October 9, 2022. Thingamajigs presents: Redlining Redefined Launch Party.Theresa Wong will preview her documentary film "Redlining" on the experience of Chinese in Berkeley, 1870s-1930s and the sound track is her extraordinary cello impressions. It will be followed by a panel discussion with Theresa Wong and Richard Schwartz. Shapeshifters Cinema, located in WIlks & Topper Inc. building, 567 5th St., Oakland, CA 94607. 1-4pm. "Masks required for entry."  Free admission. Thingamajigs presents Redline Redefined, a new multi-year project that investigates, narrates and celebrates our formally red-lined neighborhoods. Thingamajigs has curated a program of audio and visual pieces designed to transport audiences from their home to the streets of Oakland and Berkeley. Featuring eight of the East Bay's most exciting performing artists, events scheduled include soundwalks, live performances, video narratives, poetry readings and an online interactive map. A diverse group of local artists are participating in the project, including Sudhu Tewari, Theresa Wong, Katy Luo, Ayodele Nzinga, Suki O’Kane, Gabby Wen, Maxi Himpe and Hallie Smith. Redlining is the systematic practice of denying people financial and other services based on where they lived. In the 1930s, the federal government carved The East Bay into a series of puzzle pieces--imaginary lines were drawn down streets, dividing neighborhoods, families, and entire populations of residents. Redline Redefined project artists explore the balance between the past and present and encourages all of us to to take a second look at who is included and excluded from conversations about development in modern-day East Bay. Come join us in Oakland for an exciting in-person launch filled with live performances, premier film screenings, and artist talks happening through October.
See Theresa Wong's sensitive and thoughtful documentary of her take of redlining in West Berkeley by clicking on this link.

May, 2022. Richard Schwartz has been named an "Affiliated Research Scholar" at U.C. Berkeley's Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues.

Joseph A Myers

Richard will also help teach a research project at the Myers Center in the fall of 2022:
As described on the Myers Center's Website:

The Joseph A. Myers Center works in concert with existing research centers—both university-based and non-profit organizations—that engage in projects examining issues of Indian country. The center focuses on the issues that confront Native communities, both reservation and non-reservation, and is driven by a desire to address both practical problems and large policy issues. In order to improve conditions and reverse negative trends, Native communities need relevant tools and analyses. The Center is dedicated to providing expertise that will build the capacity of tribal communities to address health, safety, governance, and welfare issues.

San Francisco bay area cultural heritage management database

The San Francisco Bay Area is the ancestral homelands of several Native American tribes that include Ohlone, Coast Miwok, Bay Miwok, and Patwin peoples. These peoples built and maintained polities, towns, villages, camps, food processing and tool production areas, etc. that have left physical traces on the landscape. Some of these sites are very prominent, such as the shellmound at Coyote Hills Regional Park, but many of them in the urban spaces of the SF Bay Area have been damaged or built over, leaving only small traces and hints from historical newspaper articles as to where they are located. Without updated site information, location, or condition assessments, many of these sites are under threat of being further disturbed by urban development.

Though much of the information about these sites is obscure, Richard Schwartz, a historian, independent researcher, and author in the San Francisco Bay Area, has diligently studied and retrieved information from archival repositories for over 30 years and successfully located many sites by conducting surveys on the ground throughout the Bay Area; he has also found hundreds of previously unknown sites. The product of these surveys is original notes, maps, and photographs cataloging and documenting the present-day location and condition of these sites.  The Richard Schwartz Collection is invaluable to the preservation efforts of the California Historic Resources Information Center (CHRIS), lead agencies, archaeologists, and tribes who are and will be working to preserve these sites for future generations. This project will create a database of the Richard Schwartz Collection to assist in formatting and submitting this information to the CHRIS for cultural site protection purposes as well as to facilitate future research.

Project Team:

Co-Principal Investigators

Peter Nelson (Coast Miwok and tribal citizen of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria), Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Richard Schwartz, Independent and UC Berkeley Myers Center Affiliated Researcher

Graduate Student Researcher, Rosario Torres, PhD Student,†Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

May 15, 2022. El Cerrito's Annual Hillside Festival. The El Cerrito Trail Treckers put on their annual bash and each year Richard presents an outdoor talk on the Native American life before and after contact in the El Cerrito vicinity and beyond. Learn about the many shellmounds, the life in the hills, the natural world they lived within, the use of annual burning and many more windows into the area's first humans.
"4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Early California Indian Life in the El Cerrito area. Berkeley's well known historian and author and publisher of RSB Books Richard Schwartz will discuss life in El Cerrito before the arrival of the Spanish colonists, and about rancho life. Meet at the "cross-roads." This is an open-air talk, not a walk. From location Three, Regency Court, walk for about 1,000 feet to the intersection with the Ridge Trail and meet Richard there."
After the Talk: "What a great talk Sunday about Indian Life at the Hillside Festival. Eye opening. I love the way your storytelling skills make it possible for people to imagine that they are back in the 1700s and the early 1800s, to envision what things looked like, sounded like. And the way you imagine yourself into the minds of the Indians, how they saw the European arrivals, how their beliefs caused them to misunderstand what was happening. And how the Europeans were also blinded, to worse effect. It is clear you put a lot of work into this talk and I appreciate it. It seems like many people there were your fans…Your talk was the best attended of any event at the Hillside Festival."
-David Weinstein, President El Cerrito Trail Treckers

March 25, 2022. Black Berkeley town father invented the lawnmower grass-catching pan in 1889. New article published in the Berkeleyside online newspaper. 


Richard Schwartz's Event Dates in 2021- Speaking Events and Media Events

December 28, 2021. Mary Shaplin, Berkeley Heroine. She tore up burning roof shingles bare-handed to douse 1905 roof fire. News article published in Berkeleyside online newspaper.

November 22, 2021. Career Day at America's second oldest high school, Central High in Philadelphia, Pa. Richard was asked to speak about his custom-made life and the benefits and challenges of making a life instead of a career. 

November 10, 2021. "Native American Heritage Month, Listen to the Stories of Our Families." Norma Wallace, Ohlone/BayMiwok and Lucina Vidauri, Coast Miwok will host this Evenbrite Zoom event. Richard will also co-host and discuss what he has learned finding Native American sites around the Bay Area. 6PM Zoom after registering on above link. Free event.

October 17, 2021. "The Chinese workers who fought discrimination at an 1880s West Berkeley soap factory." News article by Richard in Berkeleyside online newspaper details the never-told conditions for Asian Americans in Berkeley in the 19th century.

July 26, 2021. The California Cultural Resource Preservation Alliance, Inc. quarterly board meeting. Private talk by Richard Schwartz about the West Berkeley Shellmound and Village site.

June 20, 2021. Bay Area News Group utilizes Richard's article "How anti-Asian racism manifested in Berkeley after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire" on their area-wide website "Local News Matters Bay Area" and news-hub for scores of newspapers.


Richard Schwartz's Event Dates in 2020 - Speaking Events and Media Events

February 8, 2020. Berkeley Public Library Foundation. The Berkeley Public Library Foundation will honor author Richard Schwartz at their "Berkeley Public Library Foundation's 18th Annual Authors Dinner." Berkeley City Club.  2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94707. 510-848-7800. "This event spotlights the Bay Area's literary tradition and celebrates the authors who enrich our community. Proceeds from the event fund library innovations, capital improvements, and expand literacy projects that help make a strong public library possible. This year's event will be held at the prestigious Berkeley City Club. The evening begins with a cocktail reception, an opportunity for authors and guests to mingle, followed by dinner, where each author is seated with a group of library-loving guests and introduced briefly to the attendees at large by the evening's host emcees. Our 2020 hosts include Emmy Award winner Linda Schacht Gage, Pulitzer Prize author T.J. Stiles, and SF Chronicle columnist and author Vanessa Hua.

The Foundation raises funds to benefit all five locations of the Berkeley Public Library by supporting innovations, building improvements, and literacy projects for all ages. This summer brings exciting news, as construction has just begun on building out the new Teen Space, as well as to create other common areas for gathering, reading, and programming. This is all made possible thanks to authors, sponsors, and donors who support the beloved annual Authors Dinner." Further details listed as they are announced.

April 30, 2020.  The Silent Movie Channel has chosen to mount "Samuel of Posen," the 1910 silent movie starring M. B. Curtis. They also utilize the book "The Man Who Lady Liberty" in an explanation of the film and Curtis. Click on the link underlined at "The Silent Movie Channel to the left.

Spring, 2020. The Associated Alumni of the Central High School of Philadelphia published a story written by Richard Schwartz about M. B. Curtis's life and times in Philadelphia. Central High School is the second oldest continuously public high school in the nation, opening its doors on Spetember 19, 1837. Click on the link, scroll down to the bottom of the document (pages 20 and 21) to read the article.

 

Central High Philadelphia

Central High Philadelphia


July 16, 2020. Chestnut Hill Local publishes a story on author Richard Schwartz, his childhood in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia and his writing efforts in the histroical non-fiction field since the 1990s.

Mt. Airy native Richard Schwartz has been a firefighter, fa

rm worker, general contractor, drummer for a popular West Coast band and the author of several very well-reviewed books.

by Len Lear

Richard Schwartz, 68, grew up in Mt. Airy. In 1968 at Central High School he won the varsity football's "Team Award" and was the undefeated Pennsylvania State Fencing Champion in the weapon epee in the 1969 competition. Schwartz graduated from Temple University in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in English literature and proceeded to live such a storied life that it would take a lengthy biography to encompass it all. But alas, I only have this newspaper article, so I will have to summarize it.

"Growing up in Mt. Airy," he told us last week, "my dog Chico and I went everywhere together. He was the only dog allowed in the pharmacy and library. I raised guinea pigs and hamsters and tropical fish, though now I think back and would not keep an animal in a cage or tank. Played stickball and half-ball at McCloskey School and rode my bike, putting baseball cards fastened with one of my mom's wooden clothespins so the cards would make a buzzing noise as I rode. 

"I mowed lawns for $2 each and used the money to buy plastic model ships and planes and comic books at the pharmacy. I was thinking the other day after speaking with a 12-year-old friend how I also lived on Mad Magazine and Ripley's Believe It Or Not and couldn't wait until the next edition came out. And then there were snowball fights and snow forts in the winter. And sledding. Sometimes the kids who went to public schools and the kids who went to Catholic schools would brawl. I became good friends with the kid up the block after we brawled one too many times." 

For two years while at Temple, Schwartz worked on a Pennsylvania Dutch farm 11 hours a day, three days a week. He moved to Berkeley, California, in 1973 and formed the New World Trio, an acoustical jazz trio with Eric Vaughan (Godson of Sarah Vaughan) on piano, Samahdi Aheshma (played with Miles Davis at 16 years old) on bass, and himself on drums. He also played in a Berkeley Latin jazz sextet and taught drums in an after-school program.

In 1976 Schwartz joined the U.S. Forest Service to fight fires in the Sierra. It was during this time that he came across an ancient 65-foot stone circle. His curiosity about this configuration led to his first book, "The Circle of Stones," a nonfiction archeological mystery.

"When we were not on a fire, we cleaned up old logging operations that left a lot of fuel on the forest floor," recalled Schwartz. "When I first started, I made it clear I wouldn't cut a tree down unless I was on a fire. Somehow, instead of firing me they said they needed someone like me on a crew. The irony is that much of time cleaning up those old logging operations, I picked up and stacked rounds others had cut."

Schwartz has spoken to and/or written articles for or been reviewed or interviewed by more than 100 book clubs, bookstores, non-profit organizations and other institutions on this and other Native American and American historical topics.

In 1982 Schwartz earned his General Building Contractors license from the State of California, where he is certified to condemn and examine buildings for the State after an earthquake. He is still active in the construction trades and has specialized in design, lighting design exterior, lighting design interior, earthquake retrofitting, drainage/water issues, etc.

In the early 1990s Schwartz joined a Brazilian samba school and played in the San Francisco and Oakland Carnivals. In 1992 he traveled to Brazil and studied Afro-Brazilian drumming. He helped form a band called Orixa Ba Ba that performed with Ray Charles and Tower of Power and on San Francisco's KQED-TV.

In 1996 Schwartz was at the Berkeley Historical Society when a stack of Berkeley newspapers circa 1900 was about to be discarded by the Society. He rescued the newspapers, which became the basis for the book "Berkeley 1900," which took Schwartz four years to research and write. The book was on the "East Bay Best Sellers List" in the East Bay Express for 10 months. 

Schwartz released "Earthquake Exodus, 1906" in November, 2005, the only book to focus on the refugees and relief effort instead of the disaster. Schwartz presented a Certificate of Honor from then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (now Governor of California) to the citizens of Berkeley for Berkeleyans' role in saving the lives of tens of thousands of refugees from the San Francisco 1906 Earthquake. The book was featured on many local TV and radio stations.

In July of 2007, Schwartz released the book, "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley," which documents the lives of 17 men and women who were famous in their day (1850-1925) but have been all but forgotten in our modern world. The book was picked as a 2007-2008 "Holiday Gift Book of the Year" by the San Francisco Chronicle. Schwartz has also recorded over 200 previously unknown local Indian sites, of which he sends reports to the State archive at Sonoma State University. 

In 2017, Richard released "The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty, The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis." The book has been accepted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Margret Herrick Collection. It is on sale at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island National Park. This book about a forgotten American cultural hero won the Bronze Medal for Biography from the 2018 Independent Publishers Book Awards.

What was the hardest thing Schwartz, who still lives in Berkeley, has ever done? "Assuming medical responsibility for my aging parents and caring for them. And also the most rewarding."

What is the best advice he has ever received? "There are many but I will choose one. 'You become what you resist.' I catch myself in that about three times a week."

For more information, visit richardschwartz.info Len Lear can be reached at lenlear@chestnuthilllocal.com

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Winter 2020 and Spring 2021. The Newsletter of the Berkeley Historical Society:

President's Message

President's
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Richard Schwartz's Event Dates in 2019- Speaking Events and Media Events

2019 Speaking Events (Media Events Listed below this section)


April 25, 2019. Central High School, 1700 W. Olney Ave., Philadelphia, PA. Richard will speak to the theater department students and teachers about the theatrical career of M. B. Curtis and how he changed the American theater and culture  and how it changed him. He will also discuss the structural changes in the theater in the way plays were presented. Central High School is Richard's alma mater.

April 26, 2019. Barnes and Noble, Rittenhouse Square, 1805 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA. Richard will talk about M. B. Curtis' life, career and cultural influence, with a focus on his Philadelphia activities and popularity. 7pm.

May 5, 2019. The Richmond Museum of History. Richard will give an illustrated talk on the amazing life of immigrant actor M. B. Curtis and his life in Richmond and the East Bay. 2pm. 400 Nevin Ave., Richmond, CA 94801. 510-235-7387.

May 16, 2019. The Pt. Richmond Writers Group. Richard will speak about how he came to write his book "The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty." Private event.

May 18, 2019 through August 22, 2019. The San Francisco Library Main Branch. The library and Richard will produce a multi-room display of the life and career of M. B. Curtis in the Arts Department on the Third Floor. Actual theater posters, programs, memorabilia, autographs, ads, images and other items will be hung, cased and displayed. A speaking event will also be offered in the library's auditorium. 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102. 415-557-4400.

June 2, 2019. San Francisco Public Library Main Branch.  Richard will give an illustrated talk on M. B. Curtis and his San Francisco exploits and the effects his life had on the nation. Latino Room (A&B) 1-3pm.
100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102. 415-557-4400.

June 19, 2019. See's the Day kids camp, Tilden Park, Lake Anza, Contra Costa County, CA. Richard will show the kids what there lives would have been like in what is now Tilden Park if they were in an Ohlone family that had lived in that spot for hundreds or thousands of years. They will go through exercises in culture and awareness and learn from experiencing things they had not tried or thought of before. 10am-1.30pm.

September 5, 2019. Builders Booksource. PAPERBACK RELEASE PARTY AND ILLUSTRATED TALK. This will be the official paperback release party for "The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty" ($19.95). Refreshments will be served and a social half-hour will occur 6.30-7 and Richard will present an illustrated talk "How an 1880s Immigrant Actor Changed America's views of Immigrants Through His play "Sam'l of Posen" at 7pm. He will be signing books after the talk. Builders Booksource, 1817 Fourth St., Berkeley, CA 94710. 510-845-6874.
 
October 14, 2019. Commonwealth Club "The Cultures of the Bay Area's Indigenous People, The Hidden Signs All Around Us." Richard will speak about the amazingly ubiquitous, but generally unknown, presence of ancient Bay Area Native American life. He will tell stories of the villages and revered ceremonial sites still amongst us but rarely seen or totally unknown. Richard will reveal mysteries of an amazingly rich and complex culture. The talk will take place on Indigenous Peoples' Day. 6 pm. 5.30 pm check-in. 110 Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105. 415-597-6705.


HEAR THE AUDIO TO THIS TALK BY CLICKING ON THE LINK:

 https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/archive/podcast/cultures-bay-areas-indigenous-peoples


Indigenous
                  Peoples
 

October 27, 2019. East Bay Media Center. 28th Annual Berkeley Video Film Festival, Inde Film. Richard will give a talk on the silent movie industry in 1910 and M. B. Curtis's role in it. Curtis was Berkeley's biggest eccentric ever. Time:2.25 pm. 1939 Addison Street., Berkeley, CA 94707. 510-843-3699

Berkeley Video Film Festival



November 2, 2019. Berkeley Public Library, North Berkeley Branch. "The Hidden Indian Life in Berkeley." Richard will give an illustrated talk on the evidence of the hidden Indian life in Berkeley from thousands of years of Native habitation here. He will demonstrate how the discovery and protection of village sites, artifacts, and history combine as a powerful tool to begin to understand the extent Native Americans lived within what became the city of Berkeley and a tiny glimpse into their lives and what meant a lot to them. He will demonstrate how a culture can be learned or lost by the efforts and actions of current residents and how this history might exist in your own back yard. 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA 94707.  3-4pm.  510-981-6250.

Ohlone
              History



November 4, 2019. Joint Event with The Hillside Club and the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association. "M. B. Curtis: An Immigrant, Actor  and  Philanthropist in Berkeley,1886, His Lingering Significance to our City." Historian Richard Schwartz will tell the fascinating story of the numerous philanthropic and significant deeds of immigrant M. B. Curtis, a once famed but now largely forgotten actor, for the city of Berkeley, and that still has an effect on us today. As Curtis catapulted to fame and fortune, he was thrilled to help the town he loved and its people thrive. 
Schwartz will also discuss many never-before-shared events at Curtis's Berkeley-based Peralta Park Hotel, the tallest hotel in the Bay Area at the time (now the site of the Saint Mary's College High School). This presentation will include Berkeley-specific stories not included in Schwartz's book, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty, The Extraordinary Rise  and  Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis, which was recently released in paperback. 7.30 pm at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA 94709. 510-848-3227. 

 

Hillside Club

Hillside
              Club

November 7, 2019. Shakespeare and Co. Richard will speak about the life of actor M. B. Curtis emphasizing his Philadelphia presence as well as the mind-boggling story of Curtis lighting the Statue of Liberty and how the immigrant experience and perception was influenced by Curtis's play "Sam'l of Posen." 1632 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. 215-240-1000. 6.30 pm.

December 6, 2019. Emeryville Bookclub. Private Event. The Club will discuss all aspects of M. B. Curtis and his play, Sam'l of Posen.


2019 Richard Schwartz Media Events

March 31, 2019. San Francisco Chronicle online version SF Gate. Editor David Curran writes a piece titled, When American's most famous actor went on trial for a San Francisco cop's murder. https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/The-amazing-forgotten-trial-of-a-famed-actor-in-13721249.php

April 29, 2019. JWeekly. Laura Paull writes a feature article on M. B. Curtis and his Bay Area life. She also includes the story about Curtis and the Statue of Liberty and his effect on the nation's culture and the author's journey in discovering the story.
https://www.jweekly.com/2019/04/29/turn-of-the-century-actor-who-changed-the-way-people-saw-jews/

July 9, 2019. Berkeleyside. Richard's article on the history of the 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake and suggestions to prepare for the next article are published in this newspaper online.
https://www.berkeleyside.com/2019/07/09/socal-earthquakes-remind-us-of-the-need-to-be-prepared 

July 9, 2019. SpliceToday, an entertainment publication. Writer Kenneth Silber wrote an article entitled Escape from Albania. In it he reveals he has been reading The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty and notes it was M. B. Curtis who paid to light the Statue of Liberty right after it was dedicated.

July 25, 2019. The Jewish Ledger, Rodchester, New York. The Ledger publishes a column called Book Shelf listed and  The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty as its first pick for this summer.

August 21, 2019. Midwest Review of Books. A review posted for the paperback release on the site by historian and author Barry Moreno at the Bob Hope Memorial Library at Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty National Monument.
"In this outstanding new biography of that remarkable immigrant thespian M. B. Curtis, Richard Schwartz gives readers a lost episode in the story of the Statue of Liberty and her torch - that it was none other than Curtis himself who helped pay for Miss Liberty's first electric lighting bills in November 1886. This is just one of the many absorbing episodes in this biography of one of the most talented character actors of his time."
Historian and author, Barry Moreno is with the Bob Hope Memorial Library at Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty National Monument

 August 23, 2019.  "The Custer County Chronicle," Custer, South Dakota. Reporter Joshua Najacht wrote a review of his reactions to reading "The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty."

Custer County Chronicle

September 4, 2019. KRON TV posts "Map: Here are the Bay Area's most dangerous faults" online. Phillippe Djegal interviews historian Richard Schwartz in the Berkeley Hills about the Hayward and Rogers Creek faults. 
https://www.kron4.com/surviving-the-big-one/here-are-the-bay-areas-most-dangerous-faults/

September 9, 2019. "Mathews and Friends" Radio Show. ImpactRadio.com. Long time radio reporter, anchor, editor, producer, director and host, Larry Mathews, hosts his show, "Mathews and Friends"seven days a week on Impact Radio USA at 8:00 am EST each morning, with new segments debuting on each Monday. Larry will interview Richard about the life and times of M. B. Curtis. Fast foward to 22:18 on the minute counter

September 9, 2019. Monday. KRON, San Francisco Bay Area TV Channel 4 . Earthquake Special. KRON reporter Philippe Djegal will be airing a special on local earthquakes faults and interviewed Richard to speak about faults, hazards and history

September 14, 2019. Saturday. KRON, San Francisco Bay Area TV Channel 4 . Local Earthquake Faults One-Hour Special. KRON reporter Philippe Djegal will be airing a special on local earthquakes and interviewed Richard to speak about faults, hazards and history regarding this local topic. 7pm.

September 20, 2019 In the December 2019 Edition of American History Magazine writer Sarah Richardson presented a piece on the new Statue of Liberty Museum and highlighted "The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty" for, as Sarah said,  "describing Curtis's role in the illumination, which adds a nice twist to the story."

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September 23-29, 2019. On the website of WTBF AM/FM radio celebrity Doc Kirby's written review of "The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty" will be posted.

September 29- October 6, 019. WTBF-AM/FM Radio. Troy, Alabama. The one and only Doc Kirby, journalism professor, trumpet player, Methodist Minister and radio celebrity for forty-five years will interview Richard in regards to his biography of M. B. Curtis on the show "On the Bookshelf."



Richard Schwartz's Event Dates in 2018 - Speaking Events and Media Events

On April 10, 2018, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty, The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis was awarded the
Bronze Medal for Biography by the Independent Publishers Book Awards

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            Medal for Biography

2018 Speaking Events (Media Events Listed below this section)


January 21, 2018. Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum. Richard will give an illustrated talk on M. B. Curtis' pioneering silent movie career and reveal previously unknown facts about Curtis' and his wife Marie's involvement in the movie industry. He will also speak about how the silent movie industry viewed itself in 1910, a pivotal year for the movies. 37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536.

February 15, 2018. Temple Beth El Synagogue, Berkeley, CA. Richard will give an illustrated talk on actor M. B. Curtis and Schwartz's book on him, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty. 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. 510-848-3988. 7pm. Open to the public.

February 17, 2018. Albany Historical Society. Richard will give an illustrated talk on M. B. Curtis' life and times in the Albany area and how his life is still effecting us today. Edith Stone Room at the Albany Library, 1.30pm. 1247 Marin Ave., Albany, CA 94706.

March 3, 2018. Laurel Book Store. Richard will give an illustrated talk on the many aspects of M. B. Curtis' life. He performed at Oakland's Macdounough Theatre, right across the street from where Laurel Book Store is now. The talk will also go over Curtis' forgotten and stunning silent movie career. 1423 Broadway, Oakland, Ca 94612. 510-452-9232. 5pm.

March 4, 2018. San Francisco History Days at the Old Mint. Richard will be in Room 12- the author's room and featured 1.30-3.30 pm. On the weekend of March 3-4, 2018 the Old Mint becomes a pop-up museum of San Francsico history featuring more than 80 exhibitors. Join community historians, archivists, geneologists, archeologists, researchers, educators, re-enactors and other history enthusiasts for a free Community Open House at this historic site. Past history weekends at the Old Mint have brought together dozens of organizations to celebrate and tell the City's unique history, and have attracted nearly five thousand participants. 88 Fifth St., San Francisco, CA 94103. Entrance on Fifth St.  http://sfhistorydays.org/richard-schwartz/

March 10, 2018. Sonoma Valley Historical Society. Richard Schwartz presents "The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty" The Amazing Life Story of M. B. Curtis. The Man WHo Lit Lady

Liberty by Richard Schwartz tells the amazing story of immigrant actor M. B. Curtis. Curtis catapulted to overnight stardom in 1880 and was the first American Jewish actor to portray a Jewish character on stage, using his comedic talent to overcome stereotypes and prejudices of the time. In gratitude for his life in America, Curtis personally paid for the lighting of the Statue of Liberty at a time when Congress would not fund it. A story of stardom and great personal struggles, this book shines a torch on one actor's creativity and cultural influence that greatly impacted the San Francisco and East Bay areas.  2:00pm, SONOMA COMMUNITY CENTER 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma $5.00 ADMISSION.

March 18, 2018. Orinda Books. Richard will give an illustrated talk on M. B. Curtis' local life and amazing and forgotten silent movie career and the shocking discoveries Richard made about it. 267 Village Square, Orinda, CA 94563. 925-254-7606. 1pm.

March 22, 2018. Laurel Book Store and ROAR (Resources for Oakland's Active Retirees) present an illustrated talk on the live of M. B. Curtis at 2pm. Laurel Books liked the March 3 talk so much they scheduled Richard right back again. Open to the Public. 1423 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612. 510-452-9232.

May 3, 2018. The Commonwealth Club of California. Richard has been asked back to speak at the Commonwealth Club for the second time. He will present the stories of how San Francisco refugees of the 1906 earthquake fled the fires to the open arms of an all-volunteer relief effort set up on the spot by regular citizens of Berkeley. The illustrated talk will reveal the personal stories of many refugees and the fascinating circumstances that surrounded this mighty time. 6pm. The Commonwealth Club, 110 Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105.

May 5, 2018. El Cerrito's 5th Annual Hillside Festival. The EL Cerrito Trail Treckers put on their annual bash and each year Richard presents an outdoor talk on the Native American life before and after contact in the El Cerrito vicinity and beyond. LEarn about the many shellmounds, the life in the hills, the natural world they lived within, the use of annual burning and many more windows into the area's first humans. The schedule and site will be posted by the Trail Trackers so please utilize the link. 2pm.

May 19, 2018. Book Passage, San Francisco at the Ferry Building. Richard will give an illustrated talk and display old theater posters of the San Francisco actor M. B. Curtis. Ferry Building, San Francisco Bay Trail #42, San Francisco, CA 94111. 415-835-1020. 3pm.

May 20, 2018. East Bay Media Center. Richard will present M. B. Curtis's huge Berkeley life and his pioneer efforts in the silent movie industry in an illustrated talk and movie posters all around the room. http://www.eastbaymediacenter.com. 1939 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94704. 2pm. Free admission, donations to the East Bay Media Center always welcome. 510-843-3699.

May 24, 2018. Alameda Museum. Richard will give an illustrated talk on the local and national escapades of M. B. Curtis. Elks Lodge. 2255 Santa Clara Ave. at Oak St., Alameda. Downstairs in the Rathskellar. (parking lot for the event at Elks). Doors open at 6.30. Lecture 7pm. Alameda Museum (510) 521-1233. alamedamuseum.org

June 3, 2018. REVISED DATE "Under One Tent" Contra Costa and Tri-Valley's Jewish Book and Arts Festival. Event at the Reutlinger Community. Richard will present an illustrated talk on M. B. Curtis and how he was the Jewish Jaci Robinson of the stage. 4000 Camino Tassajara. Danville, CA 94506. 2pm. Open to the public.
 
June 4, 2018. Peninsula Jewish Community Center. The Center welcomes Richard Schwartz to present an illustrated talk on the life and times of immigrant Jewish actor M. B. Curtis and his influence on the country's attitudes towards immigrants and drummers (the new field of professional salesman). He will also illustrate how Jewish themes were presented and received in the play and the nation. This play by Curtis ran for over two decades and was, for a time, the most popular theatrical event, catapulting him from relative obscurity to national fame and fortune. Curtis' life was filled with challenges and joys, all of which were larger than life. 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404.  Tel 650-212-7522. info@pjcc.org. 2pm. Open to the public.

June 9, 2018. Railroad Book Depot. Richard will tell the tale of the Bay Area life of M. B. Curtis. 650 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg, CA 94565. Tel 925-427-2334. 1-3pm.

June 24, 2018. Britt Marie's Restaurant. Richard and Builder's Booksource will present a cozy Sunday joint event at fabled Albany restaurant Britt Marie's. Bar and food available for the open-to-the-public event. Richard will give an illustrated talk on the life and times of M. B. Curtis right there in Albany and Berkeley. 1369 Solano Ave., Albany, CA 94706. 510-527-1314. 3-5pm 

July 2, 2018. Sacremento Valley-Foothills Book Club. Richard will speak to club via Skype about "The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty.

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July 15, 2018. Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism. Houston, Texas. Richard will do a teleconference power point presentation on M. B. Curtis' tours of the South and influence on the nation as to immigrants, Jews and drummers. 10.30 am Central Time (9.30 am Pacific time). Details on how to tune in to follow soon.

August 7, 2018. Philadelphia Free Library, Andorra Branch Library. Richard will give a talk on the Philadelphia performances and life of M. B. Curtis. 7-8pm. 705 E. Cathedral Road. Andorra Shopping Center, Philadelphia, PA 19128-2106. 215-685-2552.

August 8, 2018. Philadelphia City Institute, Free Library of Philadelphia. Richard will give a talk on the Philadelphia performances and life of M. B. Curtis. 6.30-7.30pm. 1905 Locust St. Philadelphia, PA 19103. 215-685-6621.

September 15, 2018. Berkeley Bowl West. Richard will be at a table in front of the store to sign books and answer Berkeley history questions. 10am-3pm. 920 Heinz St., Berkeley, CA 94710. 510-898-9555.

October 18, 2018. Carmel Valley Book Club, Carmel Valley, CA. Richard will present an illustrated talk on "The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty." Private event.

December 8, 2018. Berkeley Natural Foods, Berkeley, CA. Holiday book signing by Richard for any of his books. Noon-4pm. 1336 Gilman St., Berkeley, CA 94706. 510-2456.

December 15, 2018. Builders Booksource, Berkeley, CA. Holiday book signing by Richard for any of his books. Noon-4pm. 1817 Fourth St., Berkeley, CA 94710. 510-845-6874. 

Richard Schwartz's 2018 Media Events

May 3, 2018. The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. The Humanity Series. Podcast of Richard's talk on the fogotten early earthquakes of San Francisco and the relief effort in Berkeley and the East Bay that saved tens of thousands of lives and what it teaches us.

Spring, 2018. "The Rambler" of the Southern Jewish Historical Society publishes a funny and fascinating article on one of Curtis' first performances of "Sam'l of Posen" in Georgia. Page 4.

May 1, 2018. The magazine JLife of Orange County posts an announcement of The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty on page 50. Click on the link and scroll to page 50 if you wish to read it.

February 28, 2018. Silent Hollywood.com adds M. B. Curtis to their list of stars and "Samuel of Posen" to their list of 1910 silent movies.

June, 2018. The Jewish News of Detroit wrote recommendations of what biographies to read this summer and included The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty.

June, 2018. California, the alumni magazine of the University of California, Berkeley, wrote an article in their Summer 2018 issue entitled "Five Questions for Richard Schwartz." which covers "The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty" and Richard's involvement in history.  https://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/summer-2018-our-town

 The Main Library of the City of San Francisco announced in April 2018 that it will mount a joint exhibit a three month exhibit on M. B. Curtis and the book with Richard in February of 2019.

August 1, 2018. California Magazine online.  John M. Gilonna reviews the story of Berkeley's Hanging Tree as told in Richard Schwartz's book Eccentrics, Heroes and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley. Click on link to read about the old Berkeley saga.

August 13, 2018. Booklist Online, a book review source for libraries by the American Library Association. They gave The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty a "magnificent" review. Click on the link to read the review by David Pitt. "
Thankfully, Schwartz does a magnificent job of resurrecting Curtis, reintroducing readers to a man who was, in his time, one of the theater's biggest stars. A well-researched, lively biography of an actor who deserves a better reputation than history has accorded him."

September 1, 2018. Midwest Review of Books. Click on link and search for the book. The critique is transcribed below.
An impeccably researched, skillfully written, deftly organized, accessibly presented biography of an inherently interesting man whose accomplishments had faded into obscurity, "The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis" is a simply fascinating read and highly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as both community and academic library American Biography collections.-

December 5, 2018. Jewish Book Council.  "the book has value for its exploration of the significance of Curtis's signature character, one of the first Jewish figures in American literature to transcend common stereotypes and stand on stage as a fully-realized human being. Schwartz also provides valuable insights into the conditions of American show business before the advent of radio, film and television, when building a national reputation depended on ceaseless touring with a single vehicle." - John Brennan

December 20, 2018, The Forward. J. P. Grisar writes about the barely remembered Curtis having saved the Statue of Liberty from an enveloping darkness and gives an overview to his story and the book. "The character Sam'l of Posen became a phenomenon; his name appeared on cigars, boats and writing tablets, and he was a regular subject of political cartoons. Sam'l was such a large part of the culture that he nearly replaced the lead character of Hank in a stage adaptation of Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" — and Twain was in favor of it!"


Richard Schwartz's Event Dates in 2017 - Speaking Events and Media Events


2017 Speaking Events
(Media Events Listed below this section)


March 2, 2017. Oakland Hebrew Day School. Richard will speak with the fifth grade class about local Native American history and how it might effect their lives today. This event is open only to the students. 5500 Redwood Rd., Oakland, 94619.

April 1, 2017. The release of Richard's latest book The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty, The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis.

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April 8, 2017. PUBLIC PARTY EVENT FOR THE RELEASE OF RICHARD'S NEW BOOK: The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty, The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis. The Berkeley Public Library, North Berkeley Branch. Richard will celebrate the twenty-year endeavor of writing his new book by turning the meeting room of the library  into a 19th century Theatre lobby. Beside the theatre posters, Richard will present a talk about M. B. Curtis and his eccentric exploits, especially in Berkeley. 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA 94707. 5-7pm. Tel. 520-981-6250.

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Albina De Mer, actress, wife and partner of M. B. Curtis

April 12, 2017, Pegasus Books on Solano Ave., Berkeley. The opening talk and book signing by Richard Schwartz about his new book The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty, The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis. The talk will cover M. B. Curtis and his mind-boggling exploits in Berkeley in the 1880s and 90s and what indelible marks are left of his presence. 1855 Solano Ave., Berkeley. 7.30 PM.

April 29, 2017. Walking Tour of the Peralta Park Neighborhood by Richard Schwartz, sponsored by Builder's Booksource.

Richard will lead a walk of the area where M. B. Curtis built his magnificent hotel and dream development. The whole town gathered to watch with excitement the building of Curtis' massive Moorish-style Peralta Park Hotel. See where his dreams materialized and grew as well as disappeared and how his presence still affects us today. Streets were named by the actor for his family and friends. Stories will be told of the construction of the hotel, the life of the Curtis' in Berkeley and how they made so many generous donations to the town they loved. Richard will also talk about the site of a Native American village and the 1841 adobe home of Domingo Peralta. Tour size is limited.
Meet at the front of 1316 Albina St. in Berkeley at 1:00 p.m. Call Builders Booksource for Reservations. 510-845-6874. Tour tickets $20 or $10 with purchase of book.

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The Peralta Park Hotel, built by M. B. Curtis 1888-1891. It was in the middle of his grand development of Peralta Park (image from the book The Man Who Lit Lady liberty).


May 3, 2017, Northbrae Community Church. Richard Schwartz will discuss the evidence of plentiful Native American presence and sites and artifacts in Berkeley that show a use of the land greater than previously thought. Diner at 6.30pm and talk at 7.30pm. 941 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA 94707
Phone: (510) 526-3805.

May 6, 2017, Martinez, CA. A joint event between the Martinez Historical Society and the Contra Costa Historical Society at the Shell Alumni Clubhouse. A presentation & book signing by Richard Schwartz of his new book The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty, The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis. The illustrated talk will cover the stories and images of the amazing life and career of immigrant actor M. B. Curtis focusing on his life around the Bay Area and his epic relationship with the Statue of Liberty that had been forgotten until this book. Arreba & Pachco Blvd, Martinez, CA 94553. 1:00 PM

May 18, 2017, Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association (TONA), Local Authors Night. Meeting will be held at the Thousand Oaks Baptist Church, side entrance. Colusa and Catalina Aves. Berkeley, CA 94707 at 7pm.

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May 22, 2017. William Penn House. Richard will give an illustrated talk about The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty. 1919 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. 7 pm.

June 10, 2017. San Leandro Historical Society. Richard will give an illustrated talk about The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty. 2-3.30pm followed by wine and cheese. At the Little Brown Church (Home of the Historical Society) 384 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro, CA. Behind the Casa Peralta. ​Nonmembers are welcome!

June 24, 2017. Byron Park. Richard will give an illustrated talk about The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty. 1700 Tice Valley Bvd., Walnut Creek, CA. 925-937-1700. 2pm.

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July 11, 2017, The Commonwealth Club of California Humanities Inforum. CLICK ON THE LINK TO THE LEFT TO HEAR A PODCAST OF THE TALK. Richard Schwartz will present an illustrated talk about his new book The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty, The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis.
Historian Richard Schwartz will present an illustrated talk about his new book The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty, The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis. This illustrated talk and book signing covers the San Francisco chapters of the life of an incredibly influential immigrant actor of the late nineteenth century. It is the story of immigration, assimilation, of the theatre and the invisible wings of comedy. It is how a play became the way a nation examined its feelings and attitudes towards immigrants  and gave the audiences a chance to walk in shoes they would never have worn. It is the story of the Jewish Jackie Robinson of the stage- the first Jewish male actor who was allowed to portray a Jewish male on stage in America. It is the story of a man's journey of incredible talent and creativity and fame and suffering and perseverance and dreaming. It is a story that involved the actor intimately (though forgotten until this book) with the Statue of Liberty and Mark Twain and New York and San Francisco and murder and the greatest African American entertainment troupe of its time and pioneering stints the still-infant silent movie industry. You are invited to take this journey- the forgotten life of M. B. Curtis- through this illustrated talk by historian Richard Schwartz. The talk will focus on the actor's early days in San Francisco's theatrical history and his overnight rise to stardom. The talk will reveal how San Francisco became the actor's home base from the 1870s through the 1906 Earthquake as he toured the country and how it almost ended his life. 555 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-9824 Tel (415) 597-6700.  6 PM.

July 16, 2017, The Lafeyette Historicial Society, Richard will present the story of

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis portrays the success and suffering, the perseverance and dreaming, of a nineteenth-century immigrant who was catapulted overnight to the heights of stardom and riches in America. M. B. Curtis's life encompassed the highs of celebrity and fame as well as the lows of failure, illness, and a faltering career. What defined him, however, was that he always followed his dreams even in the face of extreme adversity.  The Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Great Hall, 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549. 1-3pm. 

July 22, 2017. The Berkeley Main Public Library.  Richard Schwartz will present the story of the most amazing eccentric to ever live in Berkeley from his new book The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty, The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis. Curtis did it all. He donated his money for fire station bells, baseball unifroms, a train station, the first electric street lights, and built the largest and most lavish hotel the town had ever seen. M. B. Curtis created excitement wherever he went and people had never seen it and could not get enough of it. He was a true phenomenon. Time to be announced. Berkeley, CA.

July 23, 2017. Afikomen. Richard will give an illustrated talk on The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty. 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705. 510-655-1977. 3 pm.

August 30, 2017.  California State Library- Program and Book Signing. Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building. 914 Capital Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814. Noon-1.30.

September 19, 2017. Construction Specification Institute, Oakland Chapter. Richard will present an illustrated talk on the building and construction construction angles of the stories of M. B. Curtis and Berkeley's Mary Townsend (in Richard's book Eccentrics, Heroes and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley). Scotts Seafood Restaurant, 2 Broadway, Oakland, CA. 5.45pm.

October 4, 2017.  Northbrae Community Church. Richard Schwartz will present an illustrated talk about M. B. Curtis and his life in Berkeley and influence on the culture of the nation. Diner at 6.30pm and talk at 7.30pm. 941 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA 94707
Phone: (510) 526-3805.

October 5, 2017. National Charity League. Richard will give an illustrated talk on M. B. Curtis' amazing life. Oakland, CA. Details to follow.

October 10, 2017. Litquake and the San Francsico Museum of Performance and Design will be putting on a joint event to celebrate actor M. B. Curtis and Richard's biography of him, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty. October 10, 6-7..30pm. 893B Folsom St., San Francisco. $12, seniors/students $9.50, /passes/members free.

Rescheduled to March 2018 due to the fires in Sonoma. October 14, 2017. Sonoma Valley Historical Society. Richard Schwartz presents "The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty" The Amazing Life Story of M. B. Curtis. "The Man WHo Lit Lady Liberty" by Richard Schwartz tells the amazing story of immigrant actor M. B. Curtis. Cutis catapulted to overnight stardom in 1880 and was the first American Jewish actor to
 
portray a Jewish character on stage, using his comedic talent to overcome stereotypes and prejudices of the time. In gratitude for his life in America, Curtis personally paid for the lighting of the Statue of Liberty at a time when Congress would not fund it. A story of stardom and great personal struggles, this book shines a torch on one actor's creativity
and cultural influence that greatly impacted the San Francisco and East Bay areas. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017 2:00pm, SONOMA COMMUNITY CENTER 276 East NApa Street, Sonoma $5.00 ADMISSION.

October 15, 2017. Oakland Public Library, History Talk Series. Central Library, Main Branch, 125 14th Street, Oakland, CA. (510) 238-3134. Time: 2-3.30pm.

November 5, 2017. Jewish Community Library. Talk and Book Signing. Richard will give an illustrated talk on The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty. 1835 Ellis St., San Francisco. 1.30-3.30.  Tel. 415-567-3327 x 703.

November 10, 2017. Congregation Sherith Israel. Richard will speak to the Prime Time Club about M. B. Curtis and the realities of San Francisco in the 1870s and 80s. Private Club. San Francisco.

RESCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 21, 2018 as a combined event with other organizations. Details to follow. November 19, 2017. Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum. Richard will give an illustrated talk on M. B. Curtis' pioneering silent movie career and reveal previously unknown facts. 37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536. 4pm.

TO BE RESCHEDULED: Temple Beth El Synagogue, Berkeley, CA. Richard will give an illustrated talk on actor M. B. Curtis and Schwartz's book on him, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty. 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. 510-848-3988. 7pm.


2017 Media Events


March 15, 2017. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty, The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis is accepted into the Margret Herrick Library.

April 1, 2017.  THE RELEASE OF RICHARD'S LATEST BOOK: The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty, The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis. The book is the biography of an incredibly influential immigrant actor of the late nineteenth century.
The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis portrays the success and suffering, the perseverance and dreaming, of a nineteenth-century immigrant who was catapulted overnight to the heights of stardom and riches in America.
 
Curtis became the first American Jewish actor to portray a Jewish character on stage in this country, using his charisma and comedic talents to overcome common stereotypes and prejudices of the time. But Curtis's influence spread beyond the stage.

As an immigrant, he couldn't bear to see the Statue of Liberty go unlit due to congressional deadlock immediately after its dedication, so he paid to have it lit himself. In addition to paying back the country that welcomed him and his family, Curtis had a dramatic impact on the mainstream culture of the day, so much so that Mark Twain asked him to star in a rare stage rendition of one of his books. Curtis then became a pioneer in the nascent silent-film industry, a producer, a real estate developer, a promoter, a hotelier, a benefactor, and a murder suspect. M. B. Curtis's life encompassed the highs of celebrity and fame as well as the lows of failure, illness, and a faltering career.

M. B. Curtis lived for a time in Berkeley and changed it in significant ways and named many streets. He built the largest building, an incredible Moorish style hotel, ever built in Berkeley in his day. People couldn't get enough of him as he gave away money like it was candy to civic causes. His parties were legend and it was said no one would ever not attend one if they were lucky enough to be invited.

What defined him, however, was that he always followed his dreams even in the face of extreme adversity.
Using New York and San Francisco as his home bases, Curtis and his wife toured the country to great acclaim in the 1880s until being in San Francisco almost ended his life.

April 7, 2017. Frances Dinkelspiel writes article in Berkeleyside entitled, "Richard Schwartz tells terrific tale of world famous actor who transformed Berkeley." Press on the link to be able to read it.

April 14, 2017. This Week in America. Radio Interview about The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty and M. B. Curtis with Ric Bratton on the nationally syndicated show This Week in America.

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"This is a fascinating book of someone in history I had never heard of until I started reading the book. And just fascinated by this guy...
He has been dead for a hundred years but his influence is invisibly effecting us still...We do now know of M. B. Curtis thanks to the book...
That's what's amazing- the resilience [of M.B. Curtis]...Its an excellent read and leaves you wanting more...and hopefully we'd love to see this on
the big screen because its such an impactful story...
Its an excellent book."
Ric Bratton, Host, This Week in America

APRIL 17, 2017. The History Author Show. Release of Radio Interview on The History Author Show with Dean Karanyanis, iHeart Radio,  about The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty and M. B. Curtis's life and influence.

History Author Show

http://historyauthor.com/2017/04/richard-schwartz-lady-liberty/
 
 https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/?id=1024856626

http://historyauthor.com

"M. B. Curtis stares at you from the page- he's still so full of life...he seems he might just open his mouth and speak to you off the page...Having read it you take up for the guy...Here is the original guy..here is the pioneer stepping off the Mayflower and doing the funny walk with the big shoes...laughing with us not laughing at us...this is the guy...{he} really was a folk hero really deserves to be remembered and he is remembered here, lovingly, in this wonderful book The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty...M. B. Curtis- he is really worth knowing- what more could you ask for in a book."

Dean Karayanis, Host, The History Author Show

http://historyauthor.com/2017/04/richard-schwartz-lady-liberty/


April 23, 2017. Martinez Gazette. Reporter Donna Beth Weilenman interviews Richard Schwartz about M. B. Curtis and the illustrated book talk he will offer through a joint event by the Martinez Museum and the Contra Costa Historical Society on May 5, 2017.

April 24, 2017. East Bay Times. Snapp Shots. Martin Snapp editorializes on M. B. Curtis and Richard Schwartz and the April 29, 2017 walking tour of Peralta Park.

April 27, 2017. WMST, Mount Sterling, KY, "Mornings on Main" with Dan Manly. Dan interviews Richard about The Man Who Lit M. B. Curtis and M. B.'s life. Scroll to 10:30 on the counter to hear the intro and then scroll 40:27 to go to the actual interview with Richard.
               
"I came so close to passing on an opportunity to talk with Richard Schwartz. It is one of the most phenomenal books I have ever read. Phenomenal story of
the guy who wrote it. Unbelievable story about the guy who is the subject of the book. And how can a guy be universally known in 1900 and unknown in probably 60 years later, certainly a century later nobody knows M. B. Curtis. ...It is written by a guy who is a construction worker. Who has such great command of the English language that after reading this book I wouldn't. I don't even have the desire to challenge a book. I wouldn't even begin to try and write a book."
    Dan Manly, Radio Broadcaster WMST, Mount Sterling, Kentucky

May 4, 2017. Publishers Weekly's Book Life reviews The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty, The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis.

May 5, 2017. Jewish News of Northern California. In their "Author Author" column, the paper reviews  The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty, The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis.

May 9, 2017, East Bay Times, Entertainment Section New Book Releases. Georgia Rowe reviews The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty in this article.

Helping History Happen

May 16, 2017. Helping History Happen radio talk show. Host Allison Petengell interviews Richard about  The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty. Posted May  31, 2017. Click on link to listen to the interview.

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June 21, 2017. WGVU, PBS NPR Affiliate in Western Michigan, Grand Rapids a service of Grand Valley State University. Live interview by Shelly Irwin about M. B. Curtis and his roots in Detroit, Michigan. Recorded on June 16, the show will air sometime on June 21 on Shelly Irwin's segments on the local NPR affiliate station.

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July 11, 2017. Commonwealth Club - link on the link to the left to listen to the podcast of Richard's talk on M. B. Curtis on 7/11/17 at the club.

July 13, 2017. The Jewish Exponent of Philadelphia. The Exponent reviews Schwartz's "The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty." in the 7/13/17 edition of the paper. Click on the link to the left to be taken to the review.


Oakland Magazine

July 20, 2017. The Oakland Magazine and Alameda Magazine. Click on the underlined link to read the magazines review of The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty.


Capital Public News

August 30, 2017. KXJZ, Captial Public Radio, Sacramento, on the program "Insights" with host Beth Ruyak 9am. Click on the underlined link to hear the interview with Richard about M. B. Curtis' life story and his links to Sacramento.

October 10, 2017. East Bay Times. Writer Tom Lochner writes a review of The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty.

"The book chronicles the life of Maurice B. Curtis, who gained nationwide fame in the 1880s in the title role of the play "Sam'l of Posen" by George H. Jessop, featuring a Jewish traveling salesman as the hero, somewhat of a novelty in the theater at a time when Jewish characters primarily were laughed at."

October 13, 2017. Jamie Jobb's Backstage Pass, An Inside Peek at Performance. Jamie reviews Richard's book The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty in a rather new and unique way.

Theater history ignored the incredible biography of M.B. Curtis until Berkeley author/historian/builder Richard Schwartz unearthed the tragedy during two decades of meticulous research for his well-paced Heyday Book, "The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty". Schwartz is known for his archeologically nuanced books focused on the many eccentricities of Berkeley, but clearly this oddball East Bay character needed his own volume. 

M.B. Curtis' life was so complex, there's no space in this book report to delve into the story behind Schwartz' provocative title – a primary indicator of the actor's widespread fame in one century but total lack of it in the next. However, reading "The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty" is certainly its own reward and Richard Schwartz deserves every accolade he receives for recalling history's attention to this incredible Nineteenth Century trouper and local misfit.

While Travis Stewart makes no mention of M.B. Curtis, Richard Schwartz likewise does not refer to the vaudeville book. But both titles read together provide an deep and intensive background in Nineteenth Century theater history which would be impossible to gather otherwise.  

December 13, 2017. TheaterJones.com, Pages From The Arts: December 2017,
Dallas Public Library reviewer Cathy Ritchie comments on The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty. Click on link to read entire review. "Schwartz's rags-to-riches-to-rags chronicle of Curtis' life and times is engrossingly written, and includes numerous illustrations from that era...Schwartz brings readers the life of a way-famous performing artist of whom most of us have likely never heard--a trailblazing actor for his time, and a media celebrity before that label became common currency. Making M. B. Curtis's acquantance is indisputably worth a reader's time."
 

Richard Schwartz's Event Dates in 2016

April 13, 2016. Thousand Oaks Elementary School. BLACKBERRY CREEK, A PLAY. Fifth grade teacher Jenny Wendel has written a play for her fifth grade class that is based on the meeting that Maya Carson and Richard Schwartz had about both the natural history of Blackberry Creek and the cultural and neighborhood history of the Thousand Oaks neighborhood. Everything from the Native American life in the neighborhood to the huge park that almost encompassed the entire neighborhood to a large population of whales breeding in the bay. 840 Colusa Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707. The video of the class performance is be posted on the Berkeley School Board website


May 15, 2016. El Cerrito Trail Trekkers Third Annual Hillside Festival. " Enjoy El Cerrito's third annual Hillside Festival!  This festival is sponsored by El Cerrito Trail Trekkers and the city's Environmental Quality Committee and Parks and Recreation Commission and Tree Committee." 2 p.m. Early California Indian Life in the El Cerrito area. Berkeley's well known historian and author and publisher of RSB books Richard Schwartz will discuss life in El Cerrito before the arrival of Spanish colonists, and about rancho life of the Californios. Meet at the "crossroads," a spot with breathtaking views. Enter at the first, southernmost, trailhead on Regency Court, the one that has a trailhead sign, and walk downhill a quarter mile. Check the map.

May 28, 2016. Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch. Richard will give an illustrated talk on the hidden Indian Life in Berkeley and the evidence surrounding it. He will demonstrate how the discovery and protection of artifacts and history combine as a powerful tool to begin to understand the extent Native Americans lived within what became the city of Berkeley. He will demonstrate how a culture can be learned or lost by the efforts and actions of current residents and how this history might exist in your own back yard. Community Room, Berkeley Main Library,  2090 Kitterage St., Berkeley, 94704. 1pm. tel 981-6100.

September 24, 2016. Native American Day in Contra Costa County. The Contra Costa County Historical Society. The Society will celebrate a day to raise awareness of the presence and culture of the area's first residents. Dan McLeod will speak about the Miwok Chupcan village by the event location and Richard Schwartz will present on the history of the West Berkeley Site and the challenges it faces to survive. 11am-12.30pm.  Willow Pass Community Center, 2748 E. Olivera Road, Concord, CA. Admission is free. RSVP requested by CCHS. (925) 229-1042 or email mkting@cocohistory.org

December 4, 2016. Sunday.  Native Berkeley Ancient Wisdom for Troubled Times , 2pm North Berkeley Senior Center (Hearst Ave and MLK Blvd, Berkeley) A Presentation and Panel Discussion featuring:

    -Vincent Medina. Outreach coordinator for the quarterly magazine, News from Native California and board member of Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, Medina traces his ancestry to the Native villages of the East Bay. He is a fluent speaker of Chochenyo, the language of Berkeley.
    -Malcolm Margolin. Author of The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-­‐Monterey Bay Area, founder &   publisher emeritus of Heyday Books and News from Native California, Margolin will give an overview of 12,000 years of human habitation of the Berkeley area.
    -Kent Lightfoot. Archaeologist, Professor of Anthropology at U.C. Berkeley, and author of the Natural History of California Indians, Lightfoot will discuss the village site on Fourth Street (the area around Spenger's park lot).
    -Richard Schwartz. Historian and author of several books on the history of Berkeley, Schwartz will show slides of mortar holes, petroglyphs, deposits of shell beads, stone chips, and other signs of the Indian past that abound in Berkeley.
    -Linda Yamane, Rumsien Ohlone, has mastered several traditional Native arts, including basketry (her baskets have been commissioned by the Oakland Museum and other leading institutions), boat building, song, language, food, storytelling, and more.
    -Quirina Luna-Geary, Mutsun Ohlone, noted for her revival of the Mutsun language, has recently been researching Native dance traditions and dance regalia.
    -VincentMedina (see above) will tell stories and discuss his work in bringing back language and other aspects of traditional culture.

The program will conclude with a panel discussion by the various participants on what all residents of Berkeley might gain from a better understanding of Native heritage. Reservations strongly encouraged, as seating is limited.
Tickets are $8-­‐10, with no one turned away for lack of funds. Tickets available at brownpapertickets.org  For more information, please email berkeleyfoop@gmail.com

Richard Schwartz's Event Dates in 2015

5/17/15 El Ceritto City Hillside Festival The City of El Ceritto is celebrating its purchase of the Hillside Open Space area. There will be a day of talks and events relating this beautiful nature area.
On this day, Richard will present an outdoor talk in the Hillside Natural Area about the environment and people in the El Ceritto vicinity in the days before the American presence in 1850. To find hillside meeting place, start at the southernmost, trailhead on Regency Court, the one that has a trailhead sign. Follow the signs or flags to the meeting place with amazing bay views and a chance to travel back to another world worth knowing. 2 p.m. Further details at: http://ectrailtrekkers.wordpress.com/hillside-festival/

Hillside Natural Area

5/21/15, Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association. Richard will give an illustrated talk on the early history around the Thousand Oaks area, from its Indian heritage to the wild ranch days, to the brink of a Golden Gate Park in our neighborhood, to the railroads and developement. The area was named with good reason. The talk will consentrate on the history around what is now Solano Avenue. "Local author Richard Schwartz has been described by critics as charming, amusing, factual, poignant, and always revealing. A popular speaker, he has written absorbing books on our city's history, including Eccentrics, Heroes and Cutthroats ofOldBerkeley and Berkeley 1900, as well as works on regional history. Be sure to join us for some fascinating stories about our particular comer of Berkeley." Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association. Meeting will be held at the Thousand Oaks Baptist Church, side entrance. Colusa and Catalina Aves. 7pm.

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5/29/15 Conference of California Historical Societies The Conference is holding its annual meeting in Burlingame, CA. Richard Schwartz will give a workshop on researching history utilizing old newspapers, how to do it, how to quickly navigate a particular newspaper, how to organize your finds, document and notate them, making your research time well spent.  He will explain the great values of using information found in newspapers and any possible suspect aspects of this material. Richard will address both the minute information and the many unconscious cultural traits that can be gleaned from a newspaper as well as the surprise wells of information found by accident. He will show how information and reporting met the needs of the reader and newspaper companies of the day and how those needs changed over time. Schwartz will also explain how newspaper research methods have dramtically changed in the almost twenty years he has had been at it.
"Richard is an expert on the subject; he has authored several highly popular book about Berkeley and the Bay Area based on daily newspaper accounts of its past." CCHS

Following the newspaper workshop, Richard will give an illustrated talk:  Did you ever wonder what it is like to be in largest known historic earthquake unleashed on the Hayward Fault? Richard Schwartz will share first-hand accounts of people who lived through the October 21, 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake. Their stories are riveting. The severity of the damage of the 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake will haunt you and it should. Fissures opened in the earth. Beds flew from one side of a room to the other and back. People in some locations fell and were unable to rise for the duration of the quake. Damage and deaths occurred around the bay. 
Schwartz will utilize photos, illustrations and newspapers to illuminate the history in the Bay Area before, during, and after the event and reveal the cultural changes that occurred because of this quake.
As the USGS predicts that these major eruptions occur on the Hayward Fault, on average, every 140 years, this talk is a must-attend event for anyone who wants to know what this historic blueprint may inform us of about what is in store for us at any moment.
 Schwartz has lectured on this subject to the "1868 Earthquake Alliance" at Mission San Jose on the "Commemoration of the 140th Anniversary of 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake" in 2008, at the Associated Bay Area Governments headquarters in Oakland, and other municipalities, events, and societies.

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9/19/2015  San Leandro Historical Society. The 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake

Did you ever wonder what it is like to be in largest known historic earthquake unleashed on the Hayward Fault? Richard Schwartz will share first-hand accounts of people who lived through the October 21, 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake. Their stories are riveting. The severity of the damage of the 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake will haunt you and it should. Fissures opened in the earth. Beds flew from one side of a room to the other and back. People in some locations fell and were unable to rise for the duration of the quake. Damage and deaths occurred around the bay. Special attention will be paid to the stories and events that day in San Leadro. The Little Brown Church is located behind the Casa Peralta at 384 West Estudillo Avenue in San Leandro, 2pm.


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10/06/2015   The Emperor's Bridge Campaign, The Imperial Diplomacy of Norton I in Oakland & Berkeley.

A gathering to celebrate the Bay Area's Emperor Norton I and his unknown life in the East Bay and promote the campaign to name the Bay Bridge after the man who first proposed the idea to build it.
"Almost invariably, Emperor Norton is identified solely as a San Francisco figure. In fact, he was a well-known presence in Oakland and Berkeley, as well, making weekly visits to both places — and sometimes staying for days or weeks at a time.
At this event, Berkeley historian Richard Schwartz, author of the book Eccentric, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley (2007), will help us explore an overlooked — but important — part of the Emperor's story. "
Tuesday 6 October 2015 from 7 to 9 p.m., Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics, 518 Valencia Street (near 16th), San Francisco
Wine and snacks will be served.
Special raffle
Admission: $10 donation requested
No one will be turned away.

Emperor Norton


Richard Schwartz's Event Dates in 2014

5/15/2014 City of Walnut Creek and the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). Richard Schwartz will give an illustrated talk about what the relief effort during the 1906 Earthquake was like with the intent of educating modern municipalities, relief organizations, and volunteer responders what worked so effectively in the 1906 response effort. Many forgotten techniques and an understanding of human nature from 1906 may be more than useful to us as we prepare for our approaching major earthquakes and relief efforts. Walnut Creek Library, Oak Room. 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. (925)- 977-3340

5/17/2014 El Cerrito's Hilside Festival. The City of El Cerrito wants to buy open space in the Hillside Natural Area. To this end, they are presenting a festival full of events to publicize and raise money for this endeavor . On this day, Richard will present an outdoor talk in the Hillside Natural Area about the environment and people in the days before the American presence in 1850. To find hillside meeting place, start at the crossroads where 4 trails meet. Meet Richard at the "crossroads," where four trails come together, a spot with breathtaking views. Enter at the first, southernmost, trailhead on Regency Court, the one that has a trailhead sign. 11 a.m.
Follow the little signs. By about April 28th there will be a posted event page at http://ectrailtrekkers.wordpress.com/hillside-festival/.

9/25/2014 ALAMEDA MUSEUM LECTURES, The 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake. This is the only template for what the Bay Area is again due to experience only now the entire area is so heavily built upon. Richard will use first hand accounts of those who survived this last major eruption of the Hayward Fault and images of that day to make the event come alive with the realism we need to help us realize how much we need to prepare for this event. 2324 Alameda Ave., Alameda, CA 94501

Richard Schwartz's Event Dates in 2013


4/18/2013 KQED PUBLIC RADIO, San Francisco, "Remembering the 1906 Earthquake, From the East Side of the Bay. KQED's Stephanie Martin interviews Richard Schwartz about how the San Francisco residents escaped the fires and destruction in San Francisco and came to the East Bay as refugees. The interview reveals how Berkeley's citizens (and Oakland and Alameda) set up an instant relief effort which covered all the refugees needs and was so successful it was shut down after ten weeks as everyone was put back on their own feet, having relocated, moved on, or returned to their former homes. KQED FM 88.5 FM 4.30pm.

 5/16/2013 Lafeyette Historical Society, Lafeyette Library, Community Hall and Learning Center, 6pm-8.30pm. Annual Meeting, dinner, followed by an illustrated talk on the 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake by Richard Schwartz. Contact by telephone at 925-283-1848 or email at lafayette.history@comcast.net for more information.
Did you ever wonder what it is like to be in largest earthquake unleashed by the Hayward Fault? Richard Schwartz will offer first-hand accounts of people who lived through the October 21, 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake. Their stories are riveting. Schwartz will show many photos and illustrations to accompany the history of what happened in the Bay Area before, during, and after the 1868 Hayward earthquake. As the USGS predicts that these maximum eruptions occur on the Hayward Fault, on average, every 140 years, this talk is a must-see, must-hear event for anyone who wants to know what may be in store for us at any moment. Join us for a memorable and important illustrated talk by Richard Schwartz who has lectured on this subject to the "1868 Earthquake Alliance" at Mission San Jose on the "Commemoration of the 140th Anniversary of 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake" in 2008 and at the Associated Bay Area Governments headquarters in Oakland.

6/4/2013 East Bay Regional Parks, Symposium on the East Bay Redwoods of the Nineteenth Century, the largest trees in the world until they were clear-cut in the 1850s. The symposium will give special attention to the Blossom Rock Trees/Navigational Trees- two massive and tall redwood trees used as landmarks to navigate around a hidden rock in the San Francisco Bay, which was a navigational hazard. The trees were about seventeen miles from the Bay's submerged Blossom Rock, but were so prominent on the Oakland Hills, that, beginning in 1826, they were put on maps so sailors could line up these trees with the northern tip of Yerba Buena Island and avoid the hazard of the rock.
The symposium is by invitation only. It will address the questions of where these navigational trees were; what were their true diameters (one botanist who visited the stumps shortly after they were logged measured one at 33.5 feet in diamter); are the trees' stump remnants thought to be those trees' remains really the navigation trees; why did these two trees grow so large; weigh the positive and negative aspects of interpreting vs preserving this site. Speakers will include: *Steve Edwards: EBRPD Botanic Garden Director, *John Nicoles: retired EBRPD Vegetation Manager, Certified Forester, *Martin Materrese: from the City of Oakland with a background in Forestry, *Emily Burns: Science Director of Save the Redwoods League, *Paul Miller: EBRPD Recreation Area Unit Manager, *Richard Schwartz, local historian and author. Chabot Space Center, 10000 Skyline Bvd., Oalkland, CA 94619.

8/18/2013 Sacramento Public Library, 828 I St., Sacramento. As part of a series of events on books that deal with Stone Circles presented by the Sacremento Public Library, Richard Schwartz will present an illustrated talk on the 65-foot in diameter stone circle that was found in Stampede Valley, Sierra County, near where he was a firefighter for the US Forest Service. When he found out about the circle and visited it, he was so mesmerized that he did nothing but research the origins and possible use of this man-made stone circle for almost a year. Richard's book, "The Circle of Stones" was the result of that search. Richard's talk will take you on the same journey of discovery he took researching the circle's origins. The talk will reveal the possible builders and reasons the circle was built, which was right on the California Emigrant Trail.  Who built it and why? Was it the first American settlers in the 1860s having stone cattle corrals constructed by Chinese stonemasons or the Mormon Battalion returning on this trail from the Mexican-American War? Or was it Indian in origin? Was the Circle built as the foundation for a communal home? A dance circle? A ceremonial circle? Or did it have something to do with hunting? If so, it would have had to been for use in a communal hunt as the Circle was so large. What animals were hunted communally in this location by the Indians and what were the known techniques employed? What is known of the Indian beliefs and practices observed culturally in respect to the interaction with and hunting these animals? Did Indian Shamans leave a clue in the construction of the Circle? What were traits of the animals themselves that might give clues to the possible purpose of the large stone circle? Every little detail of the location, orientation, materials, height, size of entrance, size of the stones, artifacts found, and histories and ethnologies known was utilized by Richard to attempt to solve this mystery.


Richard Schwartz's Event Dates in 2012

1/29/2012 The Golden Gate Audubon Society offers a walk in Redwood Regional Park to identify birds with master birder Rusty Scalf. At mid-point in Rusty's walk, Richard will speak about some history of the animals, Indian, Spanish, Mexican, Californio, and American interactions with this amazing forest, which once held the largest trees in the world.

4/16/2012 The Albany Library/Albany YMCA Brown Bag Speakers' Forum. Richard will speak on the events following the 1906 Earthquake and the tens of thousands of San Francisco refugees that immediately poured into Berkeley and Albany. In this illustrated talk, many fascinating stories will be told of individuals and organizations who banded together to save the refugees lives. With all the earthquakes that have been occurring lately, this will be a timely event. 1247 Marin Ave., Albany CA 94706, tel 510-526-3720. 12.30-1.30 pm.

5/6/2012 The California Preservation Foundation. [press the tab "Study Tours"] 2012 California Preservation Conference, this year entitled, "Old Roots, New Growth: Cultivating Communities." Oakland, CA, Thursday, May 3 - Sunday, May 6, 2012. In partnership with the Peralta Hacienda, Richard will take the group on a history tour of the San Antonio Redwoods called "Ranches and Redwoods: Early History of the East Bay" describing the phenomenally influential history that transpired there and has been forgotten.

6/30/2012 Cultural Heritage of West Berkeley. Take a walk with Richard Schwartz starting from Builder's Booksource and learn about the giant Indian Shellmound, the old French Quarter that wowed the Bay Area's chiefs of old, the famous Bath Beach where San Franciscans came to vacation, the Standard Soap Works, Berkeley's first jail and firehouse, and the public halls, parks, and businesses where the community was brought together in the nineteenth century. See Berkeley's past through unique, thrilling stories and old photographs. Builder's Booksource, 1817 Fourth St., Berkeley, CA. 1-800-843-2028, 11pm. for more information: www.buildersbooksource.com. Space is limited.

7/26/2012 The San Francisco Bay Area Labor Fest. Muti-day festival honoring Labor, its struggles and history. Berkeley History Panel (East Bay History in General) will first speak and then try and answer questions. Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA. 7-9 pm.

7/28/2012 Cultural Heritage of West Berkeley, Walking Tour #2, West Berkeley's University and San Pablo Avenues.  "After the huge turnout to our initial West Berkeley Walking Tour and continued demand for more, we are scheduling a continuation tour. Learn about Berkeley's first fire house, first jail, the amazing general store and Bay Area horse racing attractions in West Berkeley, Berkeley's first City Hall in the West end area, the area's first school in the 1850s, the history of San Pablo Ave. from early Spanish times and before and much more. You will never see the area in the same way again after this tour rehydrates the old worlds, people, buildings, and events. You will be transported to an earlier time and we believe part of you will stay there! Join the many excited repeat tour-takers to Richard Schwartz's "Magical History Tour" given by Berkeley's favorite bookstore, Builders Booksource at 1817 Fourth St., Berkeley, CA 94710. Tour starts from the store at 11am Saturday, July 28, 2012. Call Builders Booksource to reserve your place.

8/25/2012 Cultural Heritage of West Berkeley, "Magical History Tour" Walking Tour #3, West Berkeley. Builders Booksource has been touched by the enthusiasm and appreciation for their previous Magical History Walking Tours of West Berkeley with Berkeley's own Richard Schwartz. Many excited requests for more has led us to ask Richard for a third tour of tour of our beloved West Berkeley.
As usual, Richard's tour will be at a relaxed pace, giving  participants a chance to take in their surroundings and the amazing stories, images, and facts of daily life that he will share. People have told us they are much enriched by their experiences on these tours. Many have said they can never look at their surrounds the same again, as they now "see" the past they didn't know existed before taking one of Builders Booksources' West Berkeley Magical History Walking Tours. For this third tour, Richard has promised us the story of an early West Berkeley eccentric and how he attempted to make part of West Berkeley into a sanatorium and beach destination, utilizing indoor baths and spas rivaling Sutro Baths in San Francisco. Richard will take us to the site of Berkeley's first town hall in the west end, Berkeley's first school from 1856, more images and details of the terrific French Quarter that occupied so many sites in West Berkeley, the giant French brewery, some 1906 earthquake relief camps and the largest attempted industrial endeavor in 1875 which was meant to change the entire northwest end of the undeveloped and sleepy ranchland.
     If there is time, Richard may tell us some of the many thrilling tales from the old dynamite factories of West Berkeley!
    Join us for another rare and unique experience and opportunity to bring people together and learn of the people, events, and everyday life that was West Berkeley in the nineteenth century.
    Meet at Builders Booksource, 1817 4th St., Berkeley at 11am on Saturday,  August 25th.
    Tour charger $10; RSVP 510-845-6874

10/5/2012 Berkeley Daily Planet, read Richard's article on the history of the 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake and an early pen and ink of damaged buildings in San Francisco.

10/11/2012 Berkeley Voice/Albany Times/ El Cerrito Journal/ Contra Costa Times/San Jose Mercury News, read Richard's article on the history of the 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake and see the earliest of photos of the Deaf School.

10/11/2012 Berkeley Voice, read Martin Snapps "Snapp Shots" column on the 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake.

10/13/2012 Nilda Rego's Column "Day's Gone By"in the Contra Costa Times interviews Richard about the 1868 Earthquake.

10/15/2012 Berkeleyside, Berkeley CA's Independent News Site publishes Richard's article and lists his suggestions for earthquake safety for you, your family, and your home.

10/20/12 West Coast Live Radio Show with Sedge Thomson 91.7 FM 10am-12pm. Richard Schwartz will be interviewed by Sedge about the 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake as an introduction to his 10/27/12 talk. If you wish to listen to a podcast of the show, one should appear on the West Coast Live website soon and it will then be linked here. There is a moveable bar at the bottom and the interview is between about the 28 and 52 minute marks. Goto the bottom of the page and click on West Coast Live and then come back to the top where a play bar appears, click on it and the right facing arrow to begin. If it doesn't work, repeat the process.

10/27/2012 The 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake: Dinner and Illustrated Talk by historian Richard Schwartz, sponsored by Builders Booksource.
Did you ever wonder what it is like to be in largest earthquake unleashed by the Hayward Fault? Richard Schwartz will offer first-hand accounts of people who lived through the October 21, 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake. Their stories are riveting. Schwartz will show many photos and illustrations to accompany the history of what happened in the Bay Area before, during, and after the 1868 Hayward earthquake. As the USGS predicts that these maximum eruptions occur on the Hayward Fault, on average, every 140 years, this talk is a must-see, must-hear event for anyone who wants to know what may be in store for us at any moment. Join us for a memorable and important illustrated talk by Richard Schwartz who has lectured on this subject to the "1868 Earthquake Alliance" at Mission San Jose on the "Commemoration of the 140th Anniversary of 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake" in 2008 and at the Associated Bay Area Governments headquarters in Oakland.
Event at: Spengers Grotto, 1919 Fourth st., Berkeley, CA 94710. Price: $30 (Entire price goes to Spengers. Richard Schwartz and Builders Booksource are donating their time for this community-sharing event.)
See the poster from the BAY AREA EARTHQUAKE ALLIANCE

Earthquake Alliance

11/15/2012  Oakland Heritage Alliance "Authors of Oakland" Holiday Book Sale. Richard will be there with his books and happy to speak with folks. 7:15-8:30 pm at the First Christian Church, Fellowship Hall, 111 Fairmount Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611. 510-763-9218.

  Richard Schwartz's Event Dates in 2011

2/10/2011 The Hotel Shattuck Plaza Celebrates its 100th Anniversay. Located at 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley and located on the old estate of Berkeley pioneer Francis K. Shattuck, the hotel has been an icon in this town. Richard Schwartz will give an illustrated talk entitled "Berkeley as the Wild West...and then the Shattuck Hotel" at 4pm. This event is by invitation only. Call the Hotel Shattuck for further details at 510- 845-7300. Read Chip Johnson's article on the talk and event at the San Francisco Chronicle
 
6/24/2011 The California Conference of Historical Societies will hold its annual meeting in Berkeley in June. They have asked Richard Schwartz to speak at their event at UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library. "After lunch Richard Schwartz will talk about using newspapers as primary source material. He will explain the great value of using information found in newspapers and any possible negative aspects of this material. Richard is an expert on the subject; he has authored several highly popular books about Berkeley based on daily newspaper accounts of its past." 10am-4:40pm. Stone Room, BAncroft Library, UC Berkeley.

7/19/11 East Bay Regional Parks. Richard  Schwartz will  speak at East Bay Regional Parks Volunteer Hiking Patrol meeting at the Board of Director's Hearing Room, at the East Bay Regional Parks Headquarters in Oakland.
10/1/11 and 10/2/11 The California Native Plant Society East Bay Chapter 2011 Native Plant Fair at 101 Golf Course Drive, Tilden Park, Berkeley. 10am-3pm on Sat. and Noon-3 on Sun. On Sunday 10/2, Richard will deliver an outdoor talk entitled, "The Biggest Trees in the World, The Phenomenal and Forgotten Stories of the Vanished Oakland, California Redwoods." These trees were logged into the 1850s. Richard will also be there to discuss his books and their stories involving  plants and ecology.  His books will aslo be on sale.


10/22/2011 History Expo, sponsored by the Hercules Historical Society. Hercules Library Conference Room. 11 am-  4pm. Richard Schwartz  will man a table where he will offer his books, talk about history, and share historic photos.

Richard Schwartz's Event Dates in 2010


3/1/10 Berkeley Cub Scouts, North Berkeley. Richard will give an illustrated talk to the Cub Scout den on the topic of Berkeley around 1900. Epworth United Methodist Church at 1953 Hopkins St., Berkeley. 6:30 pm.

3/13/10 Berkeley Opera Opera Gala and Auction 2010 at the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, 5-8pm.  Charity auction to raise money for the Berkeley Opera. Richard will sign copies of his books donated to this cause.

3/31/10 CALIFORNIA HISTORIAN, PUBLISHED BY THE CONFERENCE OF CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL SOCIETIES, Spring 2010, VOLUME 56, NUMBER 2, PAGE 21. Mary-Ellen Jones, retired Archivist at the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley, reviews Berkeley 1900, Daily Life at the Turn of the Century,  10th Anniversary Edition. If you wish to read the review, please click here.

4/08/10 to 2/24/10 SF Gate, the website of the San Francisco Chronicle, posts thirty-nine images from the book "Earthquake Exodus, 1906, Berkeley Responds to the San Francisco Refugees" for two weeks in proximity of the 104th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. (The display can still be seen by clicking on "SF Gate" above and that will take you right. You can also go to SF Gate and use the search box and type in "Earthquake Exodus, 1906" the search will then need to be refined to "the last 90 days." That will bring up a link for the book and click on that link). They offer a comment box where you can leave your thoughts on the image you are looking at.

4/22/10 KALX Radio, 90.7 FM, UC Berkeley. 9am. Richard Schwartz is interviewed by Tasneem Raja on the show "Northgate Magazine" on the topic of the early history of the Key Route railroad system.  The show is produced by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. To hear the interview, click on the KALX link above and when arriving at the site, click on the "Download MP3" button.

9/30/10 Alameda Museum will have Richard Schwartz give an illustrated lecture on the 10th Anniversary Edition of Berkeley 1900. 2324 Alameda Avenue, near Park Avenue, Alameda, CA, 7 p.m., call 510-748-0796.

12/12/10 Native Here Nursary, Richard Schwartz will sign copies of his books, including two which were picked as Holiday Gift Books of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and reviewed, exerted, or mentioned in the Berkeley Daily Planet, Oakland Tribune, and many other papers and television stations.
Berkeley 1900, Daily Life at the Turn of the Centruy; Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley; and Earthquake Exodus 1906, Berkeley Responds to the San Francisco Refugees. These books are great gift ideas. 101 Golf Course Rd, Berkeley in Tilden Park across from the entrance to Tilden Golf Course, from 12-3 pm


Richard Schwartz's Event Dates in 2009

1/27/09 The Westerners, San Francisco Corral, meeting and diner, San Francisco. Richard Schwartz will give an illustrated talk on the San Francisco-Berkeley connections of some old heroes and eccentrics.  5 pm at Caesar's Restaurant, 2299 Powell St., San Francisco.  Sheriff Bob Van Austen 510/339-1298, e-mail vanausten@netzero.net. Rep. Richard Olson, 15 Dogwood Court, Walnut Creek, CA 94598, 925/939-1431. rfowest@aol.com

4/03/09 Solano Avenue Art Walk. Richard Schwartz will be showing photos of the land around Solano Avenue in the 1800s and speaking about its history and stories. He will be at Dan Winkler and Associates, 1302 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA 6:30 pm- 8pm.

4/09/09 Black Oak Books will have Richard Schwartz give a book reading on his book Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley dealing with stories from the nineteenth century which took place close to the bookstore. 7pm 1491 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94707, 510-486-0698. 


4/17/09 St. Paul's Towers Retirement Center. 100 Basy Place, Oakland, CA 7:15 pm. Richard Schwartz will give an illustrated talk on the relief effort in the East Bay following the Great 1906 Earthquake. The talk will be based on his book Earthquake Exodus, 1906.

5/9/09 De Anza College History Department Walking Tour entitled Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley led by Richard Schwartz.  Meet at northeast corner of Shattuck and Haste, Berkeley, 10:30 am.

5/30/09 Cardnal Point, 2431 Mariner's Square Drive, Alameda, CA. Richard Schwartz will give an illustrated talk on the Eccentrics of Berkeley. details to be announced.

6/25/09 Bay Area Earthquake Alliance meeting  of the USGS at 1:30 PM. Richard Schwartz will have a table there to answer questions about the 1906 volunteer and government relief efforts and offer his book Earthquake Exodus 1906, Berkeley Responds to the San Francisco Refugees. Doubletree Hotel, Burlingame
   
6/25/09 TV KMTP Channel 32, Interview with reporter Ning Han about the relief effort after the 1906 Earthquake and events in Chinatown, San Francsico and its refugees.

6/25/09 Kanzhongguo Association, newspaper, Milpitas, CA. Interview with Yu Li about the relief effort after the 1906 Earthquake and events in Chinatown, San Francsico and its refugees.

9/13/2009 The 35th Annual Solano Stroll, Berkeley and Albany. 10am-6pm. Richard Schwartz and RSB Books will have a booth with all three Berkeley books for sale. The booth will be in front of 1752 Solano Avenue. The books available will be Berkeley 1900,  Earthquake Exodus, 1906,  and Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley.

9/18/09 Claremont Hotel, California Sign Association, 50th Anniversary and Annual Convention Lunchon. Richard Schwartz will give the address on the stories of Berkeley in the nineteenth century around the Claremont Hotel.

11/5/09 SFGate, the website of the San Francisco Chronicle, posts a 43-image slide show with captions of photos from Berkeley 1900, 10th Anniversary Edition.

11/9/09 Books Inc., Berkeley, 7 pm. Richard Schwartz will give an illustrated talk and book signing on the newly released 10th Anniversary Edition of Berkeley 1900, Daily Life at the Turn of the Century. 1760 4th Street, Berkeley, California 94710

12/5/09 Chaat and Chats with Authors and Artists, a holiday fair. At the Taste of the Himalayas Restaurant, 1700 Shattuck Ave. at Virginia St., Berkeley, 11:30-4.

12/07/09 KPFA, Cover to Cover with Denny Smithson. 94.1 FM, 3-3:30 pm. Richard will speak with Denny Smithson about the release of Berkeley 1900.   Click on the link to hear a podcast of the show in the archive.

12/10/09 SF Gate, the website of the San Francisco Chronicle, posts 50 photos from the book Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley for the holidays (the book was picked as a Holiday Gift Book of the Year in the coffee table genre by the San Francisco Chronicle when it was released in 2007).  Press on the link "view more images" to see the collection.

12/12/09 Sedge Thompson's West Coast Live will interview Richard Schwartz as one of the guests on the show to talk about his new book, the 10th Anniversary Edition of Berkeley 1900. The live broadcast will be presented from Freight and Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 10 am show time. Doors open at 9:30 to can attend live or one can listen to the show live on KALW, 91.7 FM. For tickets to the live performance, call 415-664-9500, or TICKETWEB.

12/24/09 The Berkeley Daily Planet features a story written by Richard Schwartz about an East Bay woman who was responsible for the California Poppy being chosen as the State Flower.
http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2009-12-23/article/34332?headline=The-East-Bay-Woman-Who-Made-the-Poppy-the-State-Flower


Richard Schwartz's Event Dates in 2008

01/31/08 Moraga Historical Society, Moraga Library, 1500 St. Marys Rd., Moraga. 7.30 p.m.

2/13/08 Berkwood Hedge School "Teaching and Learning About the East Bay," private school event for parents, teachers, and students.

02/16/08 East Bay Regional Parks, Botanical Garden, Wayne Roderick Lecture Series, Regional Parks Botanic Garden
Wildcat Canyon Road and South Park Drive in Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, 10.30 a.m.

03/1/08 , KTVU Channel 2 Rosie Chu's show 'Bay Area People' will interview Richard Schwartz and examine some of the eccentrics in his book "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley" Saturday, 6:30 a.m.

03/08/08 Contra Costa Historical Society, Richard Schwartz will be the speaker at the Society's quarterly lunch. See their website for details.

03/16/08 Clayton Books, History Lecture Series, 5433 D Clayton Road, Clayton, (925) 673-3325

03/25/08 Berkeley Daily Planet publishes the second of three syndacations from "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley." This issue presents the Ancient Buried City Under UC Berkeley.

03/31/08, Dan Ashly, anchorman of ABC TV, Channel 7 6 pm News will interview Richard Schwartz and talk about his new book, "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley" and its impact. Channel 7 will also show portions of Schwartz's lecture at the California Historical Society on 9/13/7.

04/01/08 April, 2008, Alameda County Historical Society Quarterly, Volume XXXIV, No. 2, Harlan Kessel reviews "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley." Kessel states, "Treat yourself to what is  probably the most enjoyable California historical joyride of the decade." See "articles, notations and  reviews" button at "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley" homepage.
04/10/07 El Ceritto Library, 6510 Stockton Ave., El Ceritto, Ca 94530, 510-526-7512.

04/24/08 KALX Radio, Soapbox Derby show, 9-9:30 pm, radio 90.7FM. Richard Schwartz makes his fourth appearance on the show and will be interviewed on more of the stories of old Berkeley revealed in his new book "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley."

05/01/08 Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association general meeting . Richard Schwartz will give an illustrated talk about two histories of the Thousand Oak area fifty years before the neighborhood was born.  At the Baptist Church at Colusa and Catalina Aves, 7:15-9 pm.

06/03/08 Oakland Museum History Guild Annual Meeting, 10:30am in the James Moore Theater.

06/26/08 Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Avenue, near Park Avenue, Alameda, CA, 7 p.m., call 510-748-0796.

07/09/08 San Francisco Public Library, Glen Park Branch. Richard Schwartz gives an illustrated slide talk on the San Francisco-Berkeley connections of eccentrics and events in the eighteen and early nineteenth century. 6:30 pm.  2825 Diamond St., San Francisco. tel. 415-355-2858.

07/13/08 San Francisco State Laborfest 2008, as part of the many festivities, Richard Schwartz will give a walk starting at the northeast corner of Shattuck and Haste Sts. in downtown Berkeley. He will tell the stories of some of Berkeley's most facinating working people. Starts at 1 pm.

07/29/08 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance, meeting at ABAG (Associated Bay Area Governments) headquarters, 101 8th St., Oakland Ca, noon -2 pm. Richard Schwartz will give an illustrated presentation about the 1868 Hayward Fault and offer personal historical accounts of survivers of the devastation in the East Bay.

08/21/08 Berkeley Daily Planet publishes third syndacation from "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley." The story of African American inventor and forgotten Berkeley town founder, Henry S. Peterson.

08/27/08 San Francisco Public Library, Excelsior Library Branch hosts a monthly "Arts & Culture Salon." Richard Schwartz will speak/present a slide show on "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley."

9/14/2008 The Solano Stroll. Richard Schwartz and RSB Books will have a booth on the Solano Stroll on the south side of Solano Avenue, above Ensenada Ave. We will be right next to our friends at the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, BAHA.

10/17/2008 CBS5, Eye On The Bay Program, hosted by Brian Hackney, will interview Richard Schwartz about little known facts and first hand accounts of the Great 1868 Hayward Earthquake. CBS5 television. 7pm.

10/21/2008 Oakland Tribune writer William Brand writes a feature for the Sunday Tribune on the 1868 Haward Earthquake and inerviews Richard Schwartz

10/21/2008  140th Anniversary of the 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake given by the 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance, Mission San Jose, Fremont,  CA, 7:55 am, the moment the earthquake struck 140 years ago. There will be a ceremony including descendants of survivors of this quake, introduced by historian Richard Schwartz

10/23/08 Alameda County Historical Society  Dinner Meeting and Presentation. Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto Restaurant, 1919 4th Street, Berkeley, CA, 510-339-2818.

10/30/08 Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association Fall Lecture Series. Richard Schwartz will give a lecture on the 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake, focusing on first-hand accounts, archtectural lessons the people learned.

Richard Schwartz's Event Dates, 2007

03/29/07  Berkeley Association of Realtors, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC- Richard Schwartz opens a five-lecture series on the history of Berkeley, Thurday evening at the Hillside Club, Cedar St., Berkeley, d

04/10/07 Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge, Berkeley, CA 94704, 510-981-6100, 7-9 p.m. Speakers and Authors Stephen Tobriner, Architect, Engineer and Historian, and Richard Schwartz, Building Contractor and Historian, give an illustrated talk about the 1906 Earthquake, covering many unexplored topics.

04/26/07 Alameda Museum, Thursday April 26 at 7:00 p.m. Richard Schwartz will present a slide show on the effect of the 1906 Earthquake on Berkeley and the East Bay. It will also focus on the ten-week relief effort mounted by Berkeley, Alameda, and Oakalnd. 4th floor Masonic Hall.  It is right next to the Museum at 2321 Alameda Avenue, Alameda.

05/10/07 KALX Radio, Soapbox Derby show, 9-9:30 pm, radio 90.7FM.

7/17/07 Richard Schwartz's new book Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley is released. It is currently being distributed to local stores.

9/9/7 Solano Stroll. RSB Books and Richard Schwartz will have a booth at 1741 Solano Ave., just east of Ensenada Ave., for the Stroll. There will be his "Earthquake Exodus, 1906" and "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley" books for sale and special surprises and gifts at the booth. Come visit us.

9/13/7 California Historical Society, Richard Schwartz gives an illustrated talk on the San Francisco-Berkeley connection within the stories of his new book, "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley."

9/14/7 Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, Richard Schwartz talks about the Elmwood, Claremont stories in his new book "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley." 7:30 pm.

9/20/7 Cordonices Creek Watershed Council, 7-9 pm. Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley, CA 94709.   An illustrated lecture based on stories in the book "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley" which will cover the topic of life in the town in the 1800s. We will focus the stories on the creeks and roads of old Berkeley, how they were utilized and treated, and how their fates were intertwined.

9/22/7 Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live! San Francisco's Live Radio Show to the World. Locally broadcast on KALW 91.7 FM and and streamed across the globe by KSJN, Jefferson Public Radio. 10am-noon. Richard Schwartz is one of the guests on the show. The amazing thing is that Sedge's ancestor is Samuel Hopkins Willey, who is one of the founders of UC Berkeley and occupies a chapter in Schwartz's new book, "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley." Other guests include Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and John O'Keefe, award winning writer and actor .

10/18/7 KALX Radio, Soapbox Derby show, 9-9:30 pm, radio 90.7FM. Richard Schwartz will be interviewed on the history, culture, and surprises of nineteenth century Berkeley.

10/19/7 The Berkeley Voice Newspaper, writer Martin Snapp writes a front page story on Richard Schwartz and his new book "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley."

10/21/7 El Ceritto Historical Society An illustrated talk on the new book "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley." El Cerrito Senoir Center, 6510 Stockton St., El Cerrito, 1pm. 526-7507.

10/25/7 Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association. As part of BAHA's Berkeley authors lecture series, Richard Schwartz will offer an illustrated talk on "The Nineteenth Century Downtown Berkeley Eccentrics!" The material is from his latest book, "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley." Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley, 7:30 pm. After the talk, a book signing and reception will take place at the BAHA house, across the street.

10/28/7 West County Times and Contra Costa Times, Sunday Edition, Nilda Rego, long time historian will interview Richard Schwartz and his book "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley"as well as the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association in her column "Days Gone By."

November 2007 East Bay Monthly columnist Paul Kilduff of the Kilduff File will interview Richard Schwartz and feature his new book "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley."

November 2007 California Monthly, the magazine of the alumni of UC Berkeley, review Richard Schwartz's book, "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley."

11/7/7  Berkeley Association of Realtors, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC- Richard Schwartz closes a five-lecture series on the history of Berkeley, Wed. evening 7:30 at the Hillside Club, Cedar St., Berkeley. Schwartz will give an illustrated talk on the nineteenth century characters and stories concentrating on the heroes and eccentric characters of north Berkeley. The talk will be based on his new book, "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley."

11/18/07 San Francisco Chronicle Book Review Section: Richard Schwartz's new book "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley" is picked as one of eight 2007 HOLIDAY GIFT BOOKS in the coffee table genre by the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review Section and reviewer Roger McMahon.

11/29/7 KALX Radio, Soapbox Derby show, 9-9:30 pm, radio 90.7FM. Richard Schwartz will be interviewed on the stories of old Berkeley revealed in his new book "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley."

December/2007 Pegasis and Pendragon Book Stores Holiday Newsletters, "Books We Love This Holiday Season" picks "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley" in the nonfiction catagory."

December/2007 Cody's Books puts "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley" on their "Unique Gifts and Favorites from Cody's Staff" picks and is on that named table in the front of the store.

December, 2007, Alameda Magazine picks "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley" for "Tomes for the Holidays, Don't-Miss Reads for Book Lovers" by Nick Petrulakis as one of three picks for holiday gifts.

For the person on your list who may not have the time to devote to a novel, and prefers to browse through those delightful books full of information and miscellany, don't miss Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley by Richard Schwartz.

 Schwartz makes East Bay history come alive with his colorful tales. Emperor Norton is here, reviewing university cadets in Berkeley, "sword in one hand, cane in the other … gallant to the ladies as ever," but Schwartz has also unearthed lesser lights who still blaze with the absurdity of Norton. There's the cursed Mary Thompson, a successful widow&emdash;or "a blot upon the neighborhood, a supporter of drinking and gambling;" and John Boyd, Berkeley's town poet, under threat of arrest for calling E.A. Schmidt "divers vulgar names after an altercation over the settlement of a bill." 

These characters and dozens more populate a book that any fan of local history will be sure to welcome.

Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley by Richard Schwartz (RSB Books, 2007, 244 pp. $24.95)

12/8/7 Clayton Books, Richard Schwartz will give a talk and book signing of "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley" as part of a local history author event. 1:30 pm., Aegis of Concord, 4756 Clayton Rd., (925) 673-3325. A book signing to follow www.claytonbookshop.com

12/14/7 The Berkeley Daily Planet syndacates the first of three chapters from "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley" -- displaying the chapter "The Hangman's Tree" which tells the story of a fight to save an historic oak tree by Strawberry Creek from developers. This battle, which ended almost 100 years ago, bears a striking resemblance to a current battle to save oak trees the city is currently fighting.

12/17/7 KPFA Radio, 94.1 FM, Cover to Cover show with Denny Smithson, 94.1 FM, interview with author Richard Schwartz on his book "Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley,",3-3:30 pm

Richard Schwartz's Event Dates, 2006

Special Commemorations on the 100th anniversary of the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

4/18/06 3:30pm Presentation of Certificate of Honor from Mayor Gavin Newsom to Mayor Tom Bates by historian Richard Schwartz
City of Berkeley
The public presentation of the Certificate of Honor from the Mayor of San Francisco to Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates by author and historian Richard Schwartz will give a venue to East Bay residents and anyone wishing a way to partake in a commemoration of the events of the Great 1906 Earthquake.

4/18/06 7:30 pm Earthquake Exodus, 1906: Berkeley Responds to the San Francisco Refugees
Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association
To order tickets online visit the BAHA calendar.
Earthquake Day ceremony, lecture & book signing to commemorate the ten-week Berkeley relief effort that rescued 15,000 San Francisco refugees from the Earthquake and Fire.

Speaking, Event, and Exhibit dates and locations

12/11/5 Black Oak Books, "In 2000 Richard Schwartz published the outstanding history of our town, Berkeley 1900: Daily Life at the Turn of the Century. That book is an illuminating collection of documents that shows what life was like here in Berkeley when we were a horse-and-buggy town of 15,000 people, and much of downtown Berkeley was still farmland. Schwartz has focused his new book on the remarkable story of how Berkeley extended relief and hospitality to refugees of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Earthquake Exodus: Berkeley Responds to the San Francisco Refugees unveils events that were monumental in their day, but largely forgotten within a generation. Like Berkeley 1900, this story of the ten-week relief effort will be a wonderful holiday gift for anyone interested in Berkeley, San Francisco, and East Bay history." 7:30 pm.

2/15/6-6/31/06 City of Albany historical display by historian Richard Schwartz on how the 1906 Earthquake effected the Solano Ave. area, which was undeveloped ranchland, and the quake's effect on forming the City of Oceanview, which was soon renamed Albany. Photos and text. East side of city kiosk, northwest corner of Solano Ave. and Curtis St. in front of the Sunnyside Cafe. The Earthquake Exodus, 1906 book is for sale inside the Sunnyside Cafe for those who wish more information.

3/16/06 Moraga Historical Society, 1906 Earthquake Lecture, A lecture by Author historian Richard Schwartz on the Relief Effort in Berkeley and the East Bay after the 1906 Earthquake, Moraga

3/23/06 California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, Earthquake Exodus, 1906 illustrated lecture and book signing with three other authors of earthquake books. 6 pm

3/24/06 Spellbinding Tales, Alameda, Earthquake Exodus, 1906 illustrated lecture and book signing, 1910A Encinal Ave., Alameda, 7 pm

3/30/06 Artists with Heart fundraiser with Josh Kornbluth catered by Chez Panisse, Richard Schwartz will talk on the Bay Area and the poor in 1900, "Led by volunteers from Artists With Heart, over 60 local artists, restaurants, and monologuist Josh Kornbluth (host of "The Josh Kornbluth Show‰ on KQED) have joined forces to help local homeless children by holding a special fundraiser to support Ursula Sherman Village -- a West Berkeley housing program designed to help homeless children reach their full potential through education, health services, family counseling, and more. The event will feature:* Original works of art for sale donated by local artists* Gourmet food & drinks donated by local restaurants, including Chez Panisse, Café De La Paz, and others * Live entertainment (Lee Waterman and the Ian Wilson Trio) * Special guests Josh Kornbluth (host of KQED‚s "The Josh Kornbluth Show‰) and Richard Schwartz, author of Berkeley 1900 and Earthquake Exodus.

Tickets are $100 in advance, $125 at the door. Call 649-1930 to book tickets. 100% OF PROCEEDS WILL GO TO URSULA SHERMAN VILLAGE TO BETTER THE LIVES OF HOMELESS CHILDREN! For tickets or to donate, call Sonja or Janny (510) 649-1930. Ursula Sherman Village is a project of BOSS, Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency. Established in 1971, BOSS fights homelessness and poverty by providing housing, health, economic development, and social justice services to 2,000 families and individuals each year." First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 510-665-1950.. 7pm - 9pm

4/2/06 El Ceritto Historical Society Earthquake Exodus, 1906 illustrated lecture, "April 2 meeting will feature author of Earthquake Exodus. The April meeting of the El Cerrito Historical Society will feature a presentation by Richard Schwartz, the pre-eminent Berkeley historian, on his new book, Earthquake Exodus, 1906 .  The meeting will be held at the El Cerrito Senior Center on Sunday, April 2 nd at 2 PM.  Refreshments and a business meeting will follow Richard's talk. Richard is the author of several other books, including the very popular " Berkeley 1900 " book.  His new book tells how refugees from the San Francisco earthquake were accepted with open arms by the residents of Berkeley and other East Bay cities.  The new book has been exceedingly well received.  In fact, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, upon becoming familiar with the story as told in Richard's book, issued an official City of San Francisco proclamation thanking the City of Berkeley for its exceptional work in assisting the beleaguered citizens of San Francisco 100 years ago.  Mayor Newsom's written proclamation is the first formal acknowledgement ever by the City of San Francisco of the enormous sacrifices made by the City and Citizens of Berkeley to assist the people of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. The El Cerrito Historical Society meetings draw attendees from a number of local communities and you do not have to be a member to attend.  If you have any questions about the meeting contact Tom Panas at (510) 526-7507 or Verne Odlin at (510) 525-1730.  The El Cerrito Senior Center is located at 6510 Stockton Avenue, just behind the El Cerrito Library." 

El Cerrito Senior Center, behind public library at 6510 Stockton St., El Cerrito, 2pm

4/3/6 KCBS Radio 740 am, News Anchors Stan Bunger and Susan Leigh Taylor interview Richard Schwartz about the refugees of the 1906 Earthquake, the Relief Effort in the East Bay, and the aftermath of the events, 7:20 am.

4/3/06 KPFA Radio, 94.1 FM, Cover to Cover show with Denny Smithson, 94.1 FM, interview with author Richard Schwartz on his new book Earthquake Exodus, 1906, 3-3:30 pm

4/4/06-4/30/06 John Muir National Historic Site An earthquake exhibit at the John Muir home utilizing photos in part from the research of Richard Schwartz and the book Earthquake Exodus, 1906. 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, CA 94553, 925-228-8860, Wed.-Sun. 10 am - 5 pm.

4/4/06-5/1/06 Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch, window and interior displays on the 1906 Earthquake, 2090 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, 510-981-6100

4/08/06 Orinda Books, Earthquake Exodus, 1906 illustrated lecture and book signing, 276 Village Sq., Orinda 2 pm

4/11/06 KPFA Radio, 94.1 FM, The Morning Show with Philip Muldari, interview with author Richard Schwartz on his new book Earthquake Exodus, 1906, 8:05-8:30 am

4/11/06 Copperfields Books, Earthquake Exodus, 1906 illustrated lecture and book signing, "We're still shakin' at Copperfield's! We continue our four-event series observing the 1906 earthquake centennial celebration with Richard Schwartz's book, detailing the ten-week relief effort in Berkeley and the East Bay after the earthquake and its devastating aftermath, fire. Here is a largely unknown chapter, with breathtaking photos and illustrations, showing how a community rose to the occasion, helping feed and shelter thousands of terrified survivors who fled. Berkeleyans didn't wait for government, they didn't wait for money, they didn't wait for instructions. Hear the story of a successful first response!" 2316 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa, 7 pm

4/12/06 KPIX Channel 5, Earthquake TV Special, Richard Schwartz is interviewed by Bill Schechner as part of a larger special on the quake. Time to be confirmed, 7 pm TIME MOVED TO SUNDAY APRIL 16.

4/12/6 KTSF Channel 26, reporter Ling Chia Ku interviews Richard Schwartz at the site of where many of the Asian refugees from the San Francisco's Chinatown came after the 1906 earthquake. 7 pm Cantonese Language broadcast, 10 pm Manderin language broadcast. In the Berkeley/Richmond area, Channel 26 is broadcast on cable channel 8.

4/13/06 Builders Booksource, Earthquake Exodus, 1906 illustrated lecture and book signing, "Richard Schwartz will be here to talk about the creation of his new book on Berkeley's response to the great earthquake of 1906. Seeing as how Richard is also one of Berkeley's best Earthquake Retrofit specialists, he will also address our concerns on earthquake preparedness." 1817 4th Street , Berkeley 7:30 pm

4/13/6 KTSF Channel 26, reporter Ling Chia Ku interviews Richard Schwartz on the true story of Jew Sing and Ng Quei Sem, a couple that were to be married on April 18, 1906 but Jew was forced to send his fiancee Ng on a ferry to Berkeley and safety after the earthquake. Their story is fully told. 7 pm Cantonese Language broadcast, 10 pm Mandarin language broadcast. In the Berkeley/Richmond area, Channel 26 is broadcast on cable channel 8.

4/14/06 ABC News Channel 7, News Anchor Dan Ashley interviews Richard Schwartz on the Berkeley Relief Effort, 6 pm

4/14/06 KPIX Channel 5, Evening News, Richard Schwartz is interviewed by Bill Schechner about the 1906 Berkeley Relief Effort in the bar at Venezia Restaurant in Berkeley. Sometime between 6-7pm

4/15/06 KTVU Channel 2 Rosie Chu's show 'Bay Area People' will interview historian Richard Schwartz about the 1906 Earthquake, 6 am. in the morning.

4/15/06 The 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire Exposition, San Francisco Fire Department , This free Expo sponsored by the San Francisco Fire Department is designed to display the monumental effort of the Department in 1906, the rebuilding of San Francisco, preparedness for the next earthquake, and all kinds of information related to earthquakes, San Francisco Fire Department Museum gift shop annex at pier 48, Richard Schwartz will sign books from 2-3 pm.

4/16/06 KPIX Channel 5, Earthquake TV Special, Richard Schwartz is interviewed by Bill Schechner as part of a larger special on the quake. 7-9 am and will be repeated at a time to be announced.

4/16/06 KRON News Channel 4, Morning News, live interview with Richard Schwartz, time to be between 8-10 am.

4/16/06 KCBS Radio 740 am, Interviews with Richard Schwartz by Mike Pulsipher about the San Francisco refugees and the Relief effort in the East Bay. Interview plays different segments from 6 am to midnight.

4/16/06 The 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire Exposition, San Francisco Fire Department , This free Expo sponsored by the San Francisco Fire Department is designed to display the monumental effort of the Department in 1906, the rebuilding of San Francisco, preparedness for the next earthquake, and all kinds of information related to earthquakes, San Francisco Fire Department Museum gift shop annex at pier 48, Richard Schwartz will sign books from 1-2 pm.

4/17/06 Book Passage, Earthquake Exodus, 1906 illustrated lecture and book signing, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, Marin Co. 7:30 pm

4/18/06 San Francisco Historical Society/Chinese Historical Society of America, "San Francisco Rising," Palace Hotel, Earthquake breakfast. Richard Schwartz will be presenting and signing his book. 6-8 am.

4/18/06 3:30pm Ceremony to present Mayor Bates Certificates of Honor for earthquake relief efforts in 1906 from Mayor Gavin Newsom and Senator Don Perata 3:30, Berkeley City Council Chambers /followed by a book talk with BAHA at Berkeley City Club 7:30 (see below)

4/18/06 7:30 pm Earthquake Exodus, 1906: Berkeley Responds to the San Francisco Refugees , Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, 100th Anniversary Earthquake Day Commemoration, illustrated lecture to commemorate the ten-week Berkeley relief effort that rescued 15,000 San Francisco refugees from the Earthquake and Fire. Lecture at Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, 7.30 pm, followed by reception & book signing at the McCreary-Greer House (BAHA home), 2318 Durant Avenue. To order tickets online visit the BAHA calendar.

4/19/06-4/20/06 100th Anniversary 1906 Earthquake Conference Commemorating the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, International Seismology Conference, April 18-22, 2006. Richard Schwartz will sign copies of his book "Earthquake Exodus, 1906" at Booth 1313 of the California Historical Society, North Hall "D" of the Moscone Center, San Francisco, between 10am and 4 pm on April 19 and 20.

4/20/06 1906 Earthquake Centennial Symposium San Francisco State University, "Rising From the Ashes: The Role of Labor in Rebuilding the Bay Area After the 1906 Earthquake, panel discussion, Bill Issel (Professor, SFSU History Dept) "San Francisco Labor in the early 1900s: a slide show" Bob Mattacola (Carpenters Local 22) "Readings from the Diary of George W. Farris member of Local 22 in 1906" Dr Lee Davis (Director, SFSU California Studies) "Organized Labor and the Building of the 1906 Earthquake Cottages" Richard Schwartz (retrofitting contractor and author) "Chimneys, Freebies & Four-Footed Friends: Labor in the Immediate Aftermath of the 1906 earthquake" Aaron Cramer (SFSU Labor Studies student) "Organized Labor and the Rebuilding of the City in 1906" Maria Brooks (Filmmaker) Video preview "Rebuilding San Francisco"  For more information and updates on the program go to www. rebuildingsanfrancisco.org or call SFSU Labor Studies at 415-338-2885 SFSU Downtown Center, Room 301 425 Market St, San Francisco, 5-6:30 reception and 6:30-9:30 program

4/22/06 Albany Fire Department 1906 Earthquake Centennial Memorial and Preparedness, Richard Schwartz Earthquake Exodus, 1906 book signing, Albany Fire Department, 10am-2 pm. Albany

4/23/06 San Francisco Maritime National Park Richard Schwartz will sign copies of Earthquake Exodus, 1906 in the Maritime Store, located at 2905 Hyde St. Pier, corner of Jefferson and Hyde Sts. at the Hyde St. Pier. 415-775-2665. 1-3 pm

4/29/06 Society of California of Archivists, 35th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, The Paper Trail of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake & Fire: Three Researchers Look at the Evidence, Theresa Salazar, The Bancroft Library, Chair, Carol Prentice, United States Geological Society, Richard Schwartz, Independent researcher, Andrea Henderson, Stanford University. Sponsored by the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley, Standford Court Hotel, 905 California Street-Nob Hill, San Francisco, California, 2-3 pm

4/30/06 Pardee Home Museum, Earthquake Exodus, 1906 illustrated lecture and book signing, "1906 Earthquake Centennial Book Reading and Signing. You are invited to a 1906 Earthquake Centennial Book Reading and Signing at the historic home of Dr. George C. Pardee, who served so nobly as governor of California during this enormous calamity. Please join us on Sunday afternoon, April 30, 2006, from 2 to 4 p.m. Richard Schwartz, author of Earthquake Exodus, 1906: Berkeley Responds to the San Francisco Earthquake and Dorothy Fowler, author of A Most Dreadful Earthquake: A First-Hand Account of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire will be reading and discussing their important new books in the front parlors. Book selling and signing to follow in the dining room, accompanied by refreshments. Admission to the event is free, but donations to the Pardee Home Museum will be graciously accepted. The Pardee Home is located at 672 Eleventh Street in downtown Oakland. On-street parking is plentiful on Sundays. Call (510) 444-2187 for additional information." 672 Eleventh St., Oakland, 2-4:30 pm

6/10/06 Piedmont Gardens, Oakland, Richard Schwartz gives lecture/slide show on the 1906 earthquake relief effort in the East Bay.

6/20/06 Berkeley Kiwanas Club, Richard Schwartz gives lecture/slide show on the 1906 earthquake relief effort in the East Bay.

7/14/06 Berkeley Breakfast Club, at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, 7.30 am. Richard Schwartz gives lecture/slide show on the 1906 earthquake relief effort in the East Bay.

8/4/06 Oakland Museum, lecture/slide show on the 1906 earthquake relief effort in the East Bay. "First Fridays After Five: Shaken, Not Stirred."

8/13/06 Oakland Heritage Alliance Walk "The Redwoods of Oakland" led by Dennis Evonosky and Richard Schwartz, 10 am-12:30 pm. By reservation. The walk will cover the history of the largest redwoods in the world which were in Oakland and all logged by 1855. See the one remaining tree amidst the second and third growth. Richard will also cover the Indian presence in the very special area. Dennis and Richard will review the early Spanish, Mexican and American presence in these redwoods and the amazing events that transpired there. Call 510-763-9218.

9/9/06 KTVU Channel 2 Rosie Chu's show 'Bay Area People' will interview historians Dennis Evanoski and Richard Schwartz about the ancient redwoods that once existed in the Oakland hills, 6:30 am. in the morning.

9/14/06 California Historical Society An illustrated lecture by Richard Schwartz on the 1906 Earthquake refugees and relief efforts.

9/17/06 Oakland Heritage Alliance (second time) Walk "The Redwoods of Oakland" led by Dennis Evonosky and Richard Schwartz, 10 am-12:30 pm. By reservation. The walk will cover the history of the largest redwoods in the world which were in Oakland and all logged by 1855. See the one remaining tree amidst the second and third growth. Richard will also cover the Indian presence in the very special area. Dennis and Richard will review the early Spanish, Mexican and American presence in these redwoods and the amazing events that transpired there. Call 510-763-9218.

9/21/06 Berkeley Path Wanderers annual meeting at the Hillside Club, Cedar St., Berkeley, 7 pm. Richard Schwartz will give a lecture/slide show on Berkeley in 1906, daily life, damage in Berkeley from the 1906 earthquake, the Berkeley Relief Committee and effort, and how the events changed the course of Berkeley history to this day.

9/23/06 Oakland Heritage Alliance (third time) Walk "The Redwoods of Oakland" led by Dennis Evonosky and Richard Schwartz, 10 am-12:30 pm. By reservation. The walk will cover the history of the largest redwoods in the world which were in Oakland and all logged by 1855. See the one remaining tree amidst the second and third growth. Richard will also cover the Indian presence in the very special area. Dennis and Richard will review the early Spanish, Mexican and American presence in these redwoods and the amazing events that transpired there. Call 510-763-9218.

10/12/06 Berkeley Lions Club Richard Schwartz will speak to the club on Berkeley's role in the 1906 earthquake.

10/28/06 Cordonices Creek Watershed Council- watershed walk. Richard Schwartz will participate, speaking to the participants about what to look for in the way of historic artifacts, especially Iocal Indian artifacts, when doing creek restoration or when one is looking in their own back yard.

12/9/06 Contra Costa Historical Society. The featured speaker for the Christmas Diner of the Society will be Richard Schwartz. He will give an illustrated slide show on the effects of the 1906 earthquake on the east bay and contra costa county. 

PAST Readings, Events, and Exhibits (2000-2005)

Reading/Speaking Engagements

1. The Alameda County Historical Society (quarterly diner guest speaker)

2. Alameda Museum Lecture Series 2003. May 29th at the Alameda Museum.

3. Barnes & Noble (Berkeley and Jack London Square stores)

4. Berkeley Architectural Heritage Society, What Life in Berkeley was Like in 1905

5. The Berkeley City Commons Club, guest lecturer

6. The Berkeley Historical Society- two lectures, one on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of Berkeley, the other on BHS' 20th anniversary.

7. The Berkeley Path Wanderers

8. The Berkeley Rotary Club

9. The Berkeley Shellmound Conference of 2001 (featured speaker)

10. Black Oak Books, 2000 for Berkeley 1900 and 2005 for Earthquake Exodus, 1906

11. The Bellevue Club (Piedmont)

12. Boardecias Book

13. The Claremont Hotel Landmarks Committee

14. The Fifth Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival (with U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Haas, poet Michael McClure, and author Julia Butterfly Hill)

15. Florey's Books (Pacifica)

16. The Lake Merritt Club

17. The Oakland Museum History Guild (featured speaker)

Photo installations

1. Cody's Books (Telegraph Ave.) 2000 display for Berkeley 1900 and 2005 display for Earthquake Exodus, 1906

2. The Berkeley Habitot Museum (turn-of-the-century children's photos)

3. Truitt and White Lumber Company (history of the Berkeley Lumber industry)

Television, live, and radio appearances

1. "The Natural History of the East Bay Hills and Man's Influence on Them" moderated by Sedge Thompson (KQED, West Coast Live) and also featuring Malcolm Margolin (Heyday Press) and Steve Edwards (East Bay Regional Park Botanical Gardens)

2. Fox Broadcasting's KTVU with Rosie Chu on "Bay Area People,"

3. KPFA with Denny Smithson on "Cover to Cover"

4. CBS radio with Mike Pulsipher

5. KQED Forum radio show with Angie Coiro on the Occasion of the 125th Anniversary of Berkeley

Print media mention/reviews

1. The Alameda County Historical Society Newsletter

2. The Berkeley Monthly (August 2000, Critic's Choice)

3. The Berkeley Historical Society Newsletter

4. The Berkeley Voice (eight month weekly syndication)

5. The California Monthly (University of California Alumni magazine)

6. The Daily Californian

7. The Daily Planet

8. The East Bay Express (Best Seller List for ten months)

9. The El Cerrito Journal

10. The Palo Alto Daily News

11. The San Francisco Chronicle (2000 Special Holiday Book Guide Pick)

12. The Sunday Oakland Tribune

13. The Sunday Times Sunday of Contra Costa County

Archaeological/historical consultant

1. To Garcia and Associates, the firm hired by the City of Berkeley to study the West Berkeley Shellmound, ALA-307.

2. The State of California (the recording of over five hundred Native American archeological sites in Berkeley and vicinity, the vast majority of which were previously unknown).

3. Honored as a "Pioneer of Berkeley Archeology" by U. C. Berkeley Archeology Chairman Kent Lightfoot at a lecture on Berkeley history at Finn Hall 2004.

4. Hired by Archeo-Tec to contribute his research and site and burial knowledge of ALA-307, the West Berkeley Site and Shellmound. March 2014.

5. Hired by Tremaine & Associates, Inc. to consult and present the results of his pedestrian survey of Native American sites in the area of the I-80 Central Avenue Interchange Improvement Project, Phase 2 with the City of Richmond and Cal Trans. 

RSB Books

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty

Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley

Earthquake Exodus, 1906

Berkeley 1900

Circle of Stones