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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Scanning the Horizon

The Society of California Archivists will hold its 2013 Annual General
Meeting on April 11-13, in Berkeley, California.

Complete schedule, registration, and hotel information is available at

This year's conference theme, "Scanning the Horizon," invites you not
only to gaze at the Golden Gate views afforded by our bay front hotel
location, but also to look ahead at the world of archives and historical
research in the 21st century. The program includes sessions that take
stock of the impact of digital technology, online primary resources, and
trends in digital humanities. There will be even more offerings
addressing traditional processing, reference, public outreach, grant
management, and audiovisual preservation, among other engaging topics.

Photo by Ansel Adams. Courtesy of the Bancroft Library

In addition to two days of sessions, the SCA AGM offers two
pre-conference workshops, an opening reception at the Berkeley Hillside
Club, and numerous opportunities to network and mingle at repository
tours, vendor exhibits, and a new member happy hour!

The venue will be the DoubleTree Hotel at the Berkeley Marina.

Follow SCA on Facebook and Twitter for additional updates:
@calarchivists  (use the hashtag #sca13 to follow all AGM-related

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Be Our Vintage Valentine

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, the California Historical Society 
has gathered this charming selection of vintage Valentines! 
This set of colorful keepsakes are from our 
Whimsical, romantic, and even cheeky: 
these Valentines are artifacts of adoration that have endured the test of time. 

We invite you to share and send the love around!

Sheet Music Cover - Kemble Collections on Western Printing & Publishing
Kemble Collections on Western Printing & Publishing
Kemble Collections on Western Printing & Publishing
Kemble Collections on Western Printing & Publishing
Kemble Collections on Western Printing & Publishing
Kemble Collections on Western Printing & Publishing
Kemble Collections on Western Printing & Publishing
Kemble Collections on Western Printing & Publishing
 Kemble Collections on Western Printing & Publishing

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Birds of Paradise Lost - book event with author Andrew Lam

This event takes place on Friday, March 1, 2013, 6:00pm

Reservations are required

Free event at the California Historical Society 
678 Mission Street
San Francisco

Join us for the evening as Andrew Lam shares excerpts from his new book Birds of Paradise Lost.

The thirteen stories in Birds of Paradise Lost shimmer with humor and pathos as they chronicle the anguish and joy and bravery of new Americans, the troubled lives of those who fled Vietnam and remade themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area. Past memories -- of war and its aftermath, of murder, arrest, re-education camps and new economic zones, of escape and shipwreck and atrocity --are ever present Andrew Lam’s wise and compassionate stories.

Andrew Lam is the author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, which won the 2006 PEN Open Book Award, and East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres. He is an editor and cofounder of New American Media, an association of over two thousand ethnic media outlets in the US.

He was a regular commentator on NPR'’s All Things Considered for many years, and was the subject of a 2004 PBS documentary called My Journey Home. His essays have appeared in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, The LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, The Atlanta Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Mother Jones, and The Nation, among many others.

Please RSVP at and we look forward to seeing you! 

The Sound of Rural California

This event takes place on Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6:00pm 

Reservations are required

Free event at the California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco 

What does rural California sound like?  What makes up the days, and what's on the minds, of people who live in the state's small towns? And how can reporters convey that accurately and evocatively to an urban audience? To complement the California Historical Society exhibition I See Beauty in This Life: A Photographer Looks at 100 Years of Rural California, five public radio reporters will share audio from across the state and discuss the joys and challenges of  reporting in rural California. A panel discussion will be moderated by I See Beauty curator and writer/photographer Lisa M. Hamilton.

Lisa Morehouse is an independent public radio producer.  Stories from her project After The Gold Rush: The Future of Small Town California air on KQED's The California Report and NPR's Latino USA. Julie Caine is an independent journalist whose work is regularly heard on KALW, where she is currently the lead producer onAudiograph, a project documenting sound-rich stories from the nine Bay Area counties. Michael Montgomery is a producer-reporter with the Berkeley-based Center for Investigative Reporting and a regular contributor to KQED and American RadioWorks. Molly Samuel is a multimedia producer at KQED, where she reports on science and environment. Dan Brekke is a reporter and editor with

Please RSVP at and we look forward to seeing you!