Check Your Shelf: Fall Oakland History Miniseries feat. Dorothy Lazard
Made possible by a Friends of the Oakland Public Library mini-grant, Check Your Shelf: The Oakland Public Library Podcast, invites listeners to take an inside look at OPL. In this miniseries, Dorothy Lazard (Oakland History Center) brings her Fall History lecture series to you.
Episode 1: Oakland Heritage Alliance
Dorothy interviews the editorial crew of the Oakland Heritage Alliance (OHA): Erika Mailman, Naomi Schiff, and Kathleen DiGiovanni. They talk about the founding of the OHA, Oakland's architectural history, and what changes may come in the wake of the pandemic.
Oakland Heritage Alliance (OHA)
- Oakland Heritage Alliance website
- Oakland Heritage Alliance News: long-running newsletter of the OHA, edited by Mailman, Schiff, and DiGiovanni
- Each year, OHA sponsors a detailed tour of Oakland homes and subdivisions. These tours are captured in booklets available at the Oakland History Center. Although the Oakland History Center is currently not open to the public, you can bookmark these for later.
Books and Other Library Resources
- Oakland: the story of a city, by Beth Bagwell
- Newspapers.com (you'll need your library card number to sign in)
- Browse digitized photos from the Oakland History Center
- City of Oakland Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board
- OHA News, Summer 2012: features Kathleen DiGiovanni's article "Monster needs a bake sale."
- OHA News, Spring 2019: features Dorothy's article "African Americans & the Transcontinental Railroad", as well as Kathleen DiGiovanni's update on the Lake Merritt Monster, "The Lake Merritt Monster Got A Bake Sale."
(Note from your host: "Dorothy knows Tennessee was not a border state. This was an editing oversight on her part.”)
- OHA News, Spring 2015: features Kathleen DiGiovanni's article on National Guard Blood Day, "Fighting off amphibious invasions at the lake."
Featured in this Episode:
Dorothy Lazard, Oakland History Center Librarian
Naomi Schiff, Oakland Heritage Alliance
Erika Mailman, Oakland Heritage Alliance
Kathleen DiGiovanni, Oakland Heritage Alliance
Amy Martin, OPL Community Relations Librarian.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted the every day lives of residents in the East Bay. It is important to capture the feelings, memories, and perspectives of people in our communities to accurately preserve this moment in time in our nation and our region. Contribute to the COVID-19 East Bay Community Archive and help us document our history.
Got a local history question for Dorothy or the Oakland History Center? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (510) 238-3134.