Image - speaker and detail from his book cover
San Francisco

Richard Schwartz: Berkeley 1900―Daily Life at the Turn of the Century

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Local historian Richard Schwartz returns to Commonwealth Club World Affairs to captivate you once again with his characteristic blend of serious history, fascinating images, and “telling details” stories. Schwartz shares eyewitness accounts and unique views of Berkeley from more than 120 years ago, which show how profoundly the landscape, culture, economy and social values of modern Berkeley have been shaped by what came before. Berkeley 1900 is his definitive account of a pivotal time in the life of one of America's most beloved cities.

Join us to see how much has changed, and how much hasn’t, over almost 125 years.

MLF Organizer
George Hammond

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Speaker photo courtesy the speaker; 1900 photo detail from Berkeley 1900 cover.

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Thu, Feb 29 / 5:30 PM PST

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

Image - Richard Schwartz

Richard Schwartz

Historian; Author, Berkeley 1900―Daily Life at the Turn of the Century

Image - George Hammond

In Conversation with George Hammond

Author, Conversations With Socrates


5 p.m. doors open & check-in
5:30–6:30 p.m program
(all times Pacific Time)


$10 members
$20 nonmembers
$35 members with a book
$45 nonmembers with a book