Benicia Historical Society - Benicia, CA.
The Benicia Historical society began in 1973. The purpose of the society is to bring together people interested in the history of Benicia and California. The society works to preserve the history and heritage of our city for future generations. Our goal is to enhance historic Benicia through education, communication and community involvement.
May 11, 2013 Home and Garden Tour
Benicia Historical Society presents
A Walk on the West Side
Vintage Home & Garden Tour
Saturday, May 11, 2013
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Six vintage homes and one charming garden on the west side of Benicia will be featured on the Benicia Historical Society’s tour set for Saturday, May 11, the day before Mother’s Day. The homes are within walking distance of downtown Benicia and represent an array of architectural styles.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the tour. Tickets will be available starting April 10 at Benicia Main Street, Bookshop Benicia and Camellia Tea Room in downtown Benicia, and Steve’s Hallmark at the Southampton Shopping Center. Proceeds will benefit Benicia Historical Society programs, including restoration of the Von Pfister General Store.
For more information, contact Vicki Cullen at (707) 315-6434 or Jerry Hayes at (707) 746-6689.
May 19, 2013 The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association's 2013 Spring House Tour.
Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association presents
Historic Homes Above the Claremont Hotel
2013 Spring House Tour
Sunday, May 19, 2013
1:00p.m. to 5 p.m.
The houses that will be open on this year’s BAHA tour are all survivors of the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire. They were constructed between 1909 and 1941 for well-to-do families by leading architects and designers of their day, including Albert Farr; Louis Christian Mullgardt; William C. Hays; William R. Yelland; Walter H. Ratcliff, Jr.; Vickery, Atkins & Torrey; Clarence Tantau; William E. Schirmer; Archie Newsom; and Louis Engler.
For complete information, see the House Tour page.
May 27, 2013 Memorial Day Ceremony from 10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.
A patriotic ceremony will be held at the oldest U.S. military cemetery on the West Coast, the Benicia Arsenal Post Cemetery. The cemetery is located just at the end of Hospital Drive, off Military East. Benicia Historical Society volunteers have assembled an impressive lineup of speakers and performers for this year’s ceremony – an event that typically draws a crowd of over 300 people. This year’s keynote speaker and line up is as follows:
Master of Ceremonies: Jerry Hayes, President, Benicia Historical Society
Keynote Speaker: Col. Joel J. Clark: Garrison Commander, Presidio of Monterey
Post the Colors: Color Guard from the 749th Combat Sustainment Support Batallion, California National Guard of Benicia
Music: Diablo Regional Concert Band
Rifle Salute: Military History Preservation Society
Military Oath of Induction: Garrison Command Sgt. Major Andrew J. Wynn Sr, Garrison Command Sgt. Major, Presidio of Monterey
Poems: Joel Fallon, Benicia's first Poet Laureate
Prayer: Navy Master Chief Larry J. Miller (Ret)
Pledge of Allegiance: Benicia Girl Scouts Juniors Troop #20076
Navy Master Chief Larry J. Miller (Ret) Benicia Historical Society Vice President
Norm Leja, Commander American Legion Benicia Post 101
Mark Bennett, Commander VFW Post 3928
Ingeborg Junginger, Vice President, United German American Society of the East Bay
Marie Hoffmann, President, Excelsior German Center
Benicia Boy Scouts, Troop 8 Robert Ross
Heather Graves and Rusty
Taps and Reprise: Cristina and younger brother, Shane O'Brien
Greens keepers: Kathryn and James Vanier.