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Berkeley History Center
1931 Center St
Berkeley, CA 94704




2:00 - 4:00 PM

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(510) 848-0181




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  • Wheelchair Accessible

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Berkeley Historical Society
Jul 12, 02:00PM – 04:00PM

Architectural historian Laura Ackley is the author of the recently published San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, which recently won a gold medal at the California Book Awards. She holds graduate degrees in Architecture from Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley, where she wrote her Master’s thesis on the lighting effects of the PPIE. Her illustrated talk will take us on a “whirlwind tour” of the PPIE from original concept in 1904 through development, to the gala opening in February 1915, including a look inside the gorgeous exhibit “Palaces” as well as the attractions of the “Joy Zone,” the PPIE’s midway. Copies of her opulent book—co-published by Heyday Press and the California Historical Society—will be available for purchase and signing after her talk.

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