Posted by: montclairlibrary | May 5, 2010

Saturday: Montclair History at the Library

View of Montclair in the 1920s

Photo courtesy Oakland Library History Room

Our May History & Mystery series continues this Saturday, May 8th from 1-2pm, with Montclair Village: Oakland’s Early Hill Town.

Oakland Heritage Alliance member and librarian Kathleen DiGiovanni will explore the history of Montclair and your Montclair branch library. This talk and slideshow will cover the early development of Oakland’s “hill district;” Jack Hays and William Dingee; early residential development, including Fernwood; Montclair schools; and the birthday branch.

About Kathleen: Kathleen Leles DiGiovanni is a librarian at the Main Library, long-time Oakland Heritage Alliance walking tour leader and a regular contributor to the OHA News. At the library, Kathleen has logged thousands of hours working in the Oakland History Room, promoting and guiding exploration of Oakland’s history through the library’s rich resources. Kathleen has led Oakland Heritage Alliance walking tours in Montclair Village, Glenview and Lakeside Park — and in August 2010 she will lead a new tour of Fernwood and its Storybook homes. Mark your calendars!


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