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A History Fair to Remember

Updated: Aug 30, 2022

The Friends will join local history fair on Saturday, 9/10/22, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Calling all Bay Area history lovers! Come join the Friends of the OPL and The Bookmark Bookstore at the upcoming Camron-Stanford History Fair to get know the local museums, organizations, and people preserving and sharing the Bay’s history. Best of all, your Oakland Public Library card will get you in free!

Many of you know the Camron-Stanford House for its proximity to the Main Library and Lake Merritt at 1418 Lakeside Drive. It was built in 1876 and is the last of the beautiful Victorian mansions that once surrounded the lake.

The house is now a museum and is hosting a History Fair outside on its grounds with 20 local history museums, non-profits that focus on Bay Area history, such as Peralta Hacienda, USS Hornet Museum, and West Oakland Mural Project/Women of the Black Panther Party, among others.

Each organization will have a booth where you can learn more about how they can help you better connect to the past. Browse sample exhibits, engage in fun activities, and get a sneak peek at upcoming events, programs, and much, much more!

Join us at the Friends booth where we'll be providing a selection of uncommon and engaging local history books from The Bookmark's shelves.

Tickets are $5, but those who show their OPL card will receive free admission.The fair encourages people to reserve tickets in advance in order to receive a raffle ticket at check in. Enter to win door prizes throughout the day!

History is important to us. Did you know The Bookmark Bookstore has been housed in the historical Dunn’s Building (c.1896) in Old Oakland for the past 30 years? We are so proud of our history and can’t wait to share it with you and our other fellow history lovers.

Join us to participate in some fun activities to learn more about our history. Thanks to our Bookmark volunteers Laura Guzman and Marilyn Chin for contributing their time to the event and booth preparation.

For more information, please visit the event website. See you at the Camron-Stanford house!


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