Past Lectures

Panel Discussion: Life in California

March 27, 2014
7:00 pm
Former Los Gatos Library – Future home of The Museums of Los Gatos
A salon-style evening of conversation, food, and drink with scholars of the lives of Sara Bard Field and C.E.S. Wood and their time in California.

history:inFOCUS Lecture Series – Richard Walker, author of The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area

Richard Walker, author of The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area

The History Museum
May 8, 2013
6:00 pm – Reception with refreshments
6:30 pm – Lecture

The Museums of Los Gatos presents a history:inFOCUS lecture  Wednesday, May 8th from 6:00-8:00pm at the History Museum of Los Gatos, 75 Church Street.

The lecture features UC Berkeley professor and author Richard Walker in conversation with Sempervirens Fund Executive Director Reed Holderman.

Professor Walker and Holderman will discuss Walker’s 2010 book, The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area and the history of environmentalism in the Bay Area. Despite a population of 7 million people, the San Francisco Bay Area is more greensward than asphalt jungle, more open space than hardscape. The Country in the City tells the story of how the complex geography of this greenbelt has been preserved and created over time.

RICHARD WALKER is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught from 1975-2012.  He has mentored well over one hundred doctoral students and continues to serve on graduate committees across several disciplines.  He taught some 10,000 undergraduates during his career and was honored with a Distinguished Teaching Award by the university.

Professor Walker has written on a diverse range of topics in economic, urban, and environmental geography, with scores of published articles to his credit.   He is co-author of The Capitalist Imperative(1989) and The New Social Economy (1992) and has written extensively on California, including The Conquest of Bread (2004) and The Country in the City (2007)

Reed Holderman joined Sempervirens Fund in 2009 after spending 11 years as Senior Vice President and Regional Director of The Trust for Public Land’s 6-state Western Region. Reed was also the President of Coast Dairies and Land Company and served as the California Speaker’s appointee to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Governing Board. Reed worked at the California Coastal Conservancy for 14 years directing their natural resource program. Reed has an M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow.

Last of the Prune Pickers

by Tim Stanley

11:00 am
Friday, April 27
The History Museum of Los Gatos

Tim Stanley, author of The Last of the Prune Pickers: A Pre-Silicon Valley Story, will be sharing his experiences and knowledge about the Santa Clara Valley orchards and agricultural industry when it was known as the “Garden of the World”.

Tim Stanley grew up in the Santa Clara Valley of California before it was known for silicon.  At age 12, as the Valley was being transformed from agriculture to housing tracts, he had the privilege of going to work for an old farmer who became a friend and lifelong role model.  The lessons learned while being with the old farmer and on his farm left a deep impression on him.  Tim met his wife, Deborah, while in high school and that union has been preserved and strengthened over 40 years.  After raising two children and running a business for 30 years, Tim has devoted most of his time to writing about those things that he has found to be helpful and of value.

Tim Stanley published his first two books– Letters to My Feathered Friends: Observations, Meditations and Thanksgivings, and The Last of the Prune Pickers: A Pre-Silicon Valley Story–at the end of 2010.  Both are being well received and  Prune Pickers has gone to a second printing. He is currently working on two new books that are scheduled to be released soon.

Please note that this a sneak preview of a new exhibit opening in May!

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