Oakland, California, The Oakland City Hall

The Oakland City Hall

The fifth Oakland City Hall building was constructed from 1911 to 1914, and currently serves as the city hall for Oakland.

After the Earthquake of 1906, the city of Oakland experiences rapid growth, hence creating a need for a significantly larger city hall building that is about the same size as the current Sam Francisco City Hall building.

The city hall has an exhibit on Oakland’s international affiliation with it’s “Sister Cities”.

Congressman Ronald Vernie Dellums, Judge Donald Pitts McCullum, NAACP, National Association For The Advancement For Colored People, Oakland, California, President George Herbert Walker Bush, The Great War, World War I, World War II

Community Heritage Exhibits Within The Ronald Vernie Dellums Federal Building Complex

A large federal building and courthouse complex was constructed in 1993 as part of an Oakland revitalization project. In 1999, President Bill Clinton signed a bill authorizing that the building be renamed to the Ronald Vernie Dellums Federal Building complex. Ronald Vernie Dellums was a prominent civil rights activist, a congressman, and the 48th mayor of Oakland.

The building has a sculpture garden that pays tribute to civil rights activist Judge Donald Pitts McCullum, whom was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. Judge McCullum was a member of the NAACP and took legal actions to end the segregation of high schools in Oakland.

Inside of the federal complex is a wealth of photos of the Bay Area including some of the production of Chevrolet vehicles in the early 1900s and Lawerence at the site of the construction of an extension of the National Livermore Laboratory within the University of California Berkeley campus.

Other photos showed the early history of the east bay.

Other photos revealed life for the Japanese Americans who were interned during World War II, Unser Franklin Dwight Roosevelt’s executive order.

There were photos that showed the construction of the Oakland Coliseum, the first BART station, as well as a car factory that was eventually bought out by Tesla in 2010.

Another photo showed President George H.W. Bush visiting the Cypress Street viaduct that had collapsed after the 1989 earthquake.

Baker Beach, California, Burning Man, Larry Harvey

The First Burning Man Gathering

In 1986, Larry Harvey and his friends Crimson Rose, Harley K. Dubois, Marian Goodell, Michael Mikel and Will Roger Peterson came up with the idea of artistic bonfire event which would become known as Burning Man in 1988. The first “burn” was held in Baker Beach in San Francisco which hosted a crowd of 35 people. The first wooden effigy was built in Noe Valley and was a representation of Larry Harvey’s ex- girlfriend, who was the mother of his child.

Additional Resources On The Evolution Of Burning Man Over Time:

Below is a documentary I saw on the first Burning Man Gathering held in Black Rock City, Nevada in 1990. I had watched this documentary at the San Francisco Burning Man Decompression held in October, 2018.

Here is an interview of Larry Harvey being interviewed by Charlie Rose.

Larry Harvey being interviewed in Black Rock City for TEDx.

In addition I’d recommend viewing this TIME documentary on the Burning Man Festival.

Author’s Note:

The 2019 Burning Man Festival, which is themed as Metamorphoses, will be the first one the author Philip Hamilton will be attending.

“Omnia mutantur, nihil interit”
(Everything changes, nothing perishes)
― Ovid, Metamorphoses

Governor Leland Stanford, Jane Lathrop Stanford, Leland Stanford Junior University, Leland Stanford, Junior, Stanford, California

The Founders Of Leland Stanford Junior University

Leland Stanford and Jane Lathrop Stanford moved to California, from Wisconsin, after the Gold Rush. Leland Stanford worked on building the transcontinental railroad westward, which afforded him enough wealth to become a multimillionaire. Leland Stanford became a Republican governor of California and was instrumental in keeping the state in union during the U.S. Civil War.

Leland Stanford, Jane Lathrop Stanford and Leland Stanford, Junior in 1878.

Leland Stanford and Jane Lathrop Stanford only had one son, Leland Stanford, Junior, after years of miscarriages. Leland Stanford, Junior died from typhoid fever at the age of sixteen and in 1885 his parents decided to found and to name a new university after him. The university would be built on acres of farmland that the Stanfords owned in Palo Alto.

On October 1, 1891, the Leland Stanford Junior University opened offering free enrollment to all applicants. Male and female students only had to pay for their textbooks and for their board. The Stanfords made the university enrollment free to encourage educational pursuits of students far away from established Ivy League schools like Harvard or Yale. Students were only required to take English and all other courses were optional.

After the university was constructed, the Stanfords created a neo-classical art musuem which housed thousands of art pieces. Two thirds of the art musuem building, on the Stanford campus, and hundreds of antique art prices had been destroyed by the 1906 Earthquake.

“The Stanford Family” exhibit is at the Iris & B. Gerald Center for the Visual Arts within Stanford University.

Documentary, “Becoming Stanford: The Making Of An American University”

Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford University, Stanford, California

The Rodin Statues At The Iris And B. Gerald Cantor Center For Visual Arts

The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, within the Leland Stanford Junior University, hosts a multitude of Augustine Rodin’s sculptures, including one of “The Thinkers” that he had created about thirty of.

Another of Rodin’s sculptures was that of the French explorer Samuel de Champlain.

Most of Rodin’s statues are part of a collection called “Gates of Hell” which show people is various stages of despair in the fictional version of Dante’s Inferno.

Auguste Rodin had spent 37 years creating the various sculptures for “The Gates of Hell” while in Paris.

The “Gate to hell” in the “Rodin Sculpture Garden”.

La Honda, California, Portola Redwoods State Park

The Portola Redwoods State Park

The Portola Redwoods State Park, in La Honda, is named after the Spanish explorer who was one of the first Europeans to ever visit that area of California.

Most of the Redwoods in La Honda were logged in order to help build structures in San Francisco. Therefore, the old growth trees are scattered around the Portola Redwoods State Park, whereas, the old growth in nearby parks like Henry Coe Redwoods and Big Basin Redwoods are essentially in tact due to a lack of logging at those locations. The lobbying of the “Save The Redwoods League” helped prevent further logging of other ancient redwoods, before their logging became illegal in California.