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Earthquake Exodus, 1906

Richard Schwartz, author

"Earthquake Exodus, 1906, Berkeley Responds to the San Francisco Refugees," by author-historian Richard Schwartz, tells the story of the 10-week relief effort in the East Bay after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. Refugees from San Francisco fled to the East Bay and were saved by the relief effort that was mounted there.

Release date: November 11, 2005
Contact: Peter Handel, Publicist
Ph: (510) 528-0946
Distributors: Partners West; American West


"A beautiful gem... and I know what goes into making a book." -Malcolm Margolin, Heyday Books

"Superb..." -Phil Wood, owner Ten Speed Press

"An amazing new book... literally brought to life again the people whose stories capture their moment... a remarkable job of research and it takes one who has done it, to know how truly remarkable it is." -Burl Willis, author, historian, winner of the Governorís History Book Award

Berkeley Voice columnist Martin Snapp writes, "even more compelling than the photos are the hundreds of stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things." In the story of the relief effort, instigated within hours of the earthquake, the ordinary and extraordinary people of Berkeley began to organize a committee, knowing that terrified masses of stricken refugees would be pouring into their town within hours. As author Schwartz says, "They didnít wait for government. They didnít wait for money. They didnít wait for instructions."

"There will be many books this year to mark the 100th anniversary of the... earthquake ... EARTHQUAKE EXODUS, 1906 is one of the best and perhaps the most unique...His account is often vivid in detail and even thrilling...Schwartz provides in astonishing detail the names of people, organizations, ethnic groups, site locations--even dozens of street addresses (all fully indexed!), thus making the book amazingly useful for today's reader or researcher. EARTHQUAKE EXODUS, 1906 will certainly be one of the basic works in the history of the atermath of the San Francisco earthquake and fire. Finally the author has done a fine job of providing scholarly apparatus in his Notes, Acknowledgements, Bibliogrraphy, Image Sources, and a superb Index. Bravo Richard Schwartz!" -Harlan Kessel, Alameda County Historical Society

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Special Commemorations on the 100th anniversary of the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

4/18/06 3:30pm Presentation of Certificate of Honor from Mayor Gavin Newsom to Mayor Tom Bates by historian Richard Schwartz
City of Berkeley

4/18/06 7:30 pm Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association
Purchase tickets at BAHA website & pick up at door on event night
or call (510) 841-2242.

Speaking engagements, Events, and Exhibits


For more event information, see the Calendar of Events on this website or visit http://www.richardschwartz.info.


This book tells the story of the refugees who fled to the East Bay, how they got there, what condition they were in, what they brought with them, and what an amazing relief effort that was mounted in the East Bay.


General public. Free event, unless noted otherwise.


RIchard Schwartz, (510) 524-1683

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