Activities & Events
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
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
- 12/11/05 Black Oak Books,7:30 pm.
- 2/15/06-6/31/06 City of Albany historcial display
- 3/16/06 Moraga Historical Society
- 3/23/06 California Historical Society, 6 pm
- 3/24/06 Spellbinding Tales, Alameda, 7 pm
- 3/30/06 Artists with Heart fundraiser 7pm - 9pm
- 4/2/06 El Ceritto Historical Society, at 2 PM.†
- 4/3/06 KCBS Radio, News Anchors Stan Bunger and Susan Leigh Taylor interview , 7:20 am.
- 4/3/06 KPFA Radio, 94.1 FM, Cover to Cover show 94.1 FM, 3-3:30 pm
- 4/4/06-4/30/06 John Muir National Historic Site Wed.-Sun. 10 am - 5 pm.
- 4/4/06-5/1/06 Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch, 510-981-6100
- 4/08/06 Orinda Books, 2 pm
- 4/11/06 KPFA Radio, 94.1 FM, 8:05-8:30 am
- 4/11/06 Copperfields Books, Santa Rosa, 7 pm
- 4/13/06 Builders Booksource, 7:30 pm
- 4/14/06 ABC News Channel 7, 6 pm
- 4/15/06 KTVU Channel 2 Rosie Chu's show 'Bay Area People' 6 am. in the morning.
- 4/15/06 The 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire Exposition, Richard Schwartz will sign books from 2-3 pm.
- 4/16/6 KRON News Channel 4, Morning News, live interview with Richard Schwartz, time to be between 8-10 am.
- 4/16/06 The 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire Exposition, San Francisco Fire Department , Richard Schwartz will sign books from 1-2 pm.
- 4/17/06 Book Passage, 7:30 pm
- 4/18/06 3:30pm Ceremony to present Mayor Bates Certificates of Honor for earthquake relief efforts in 1906 from Mayor Gavin Newsom and Senator Don Perata 3:30 pm
- 4/18/06 7:30 pm Earthquake Exodus, 1906: Berkeley Responds to the San Francisco Refugees , Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, 7.30 pm, followed by reception & book signing at the McCreary-Greer House
- 4/19/06-4/20/06 100th Anniversary 1906 Earthquake Conference Commemorating the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, International Seismology Conference, April 18-22, 2006. Richard Schwartz will sign copies of his book 10am and 4 pm on April 19 and 20.
- 4/20/06 1906 Earthquake Centennial Symposium San Francisco State University, "Rising From the Ashes: The Role of Labor in Rebuilding theBay Area After the 1906 Earthquake, panel discussion, 5-6:30 reception and 6:30-9:30 program
- 4/22/06 Albany Fire Department 1906 Earthquake Centennial Memorial and Preparedness, 10am-2 pm. Albany
- 4/23/06 San Francisco Maritime National Park Richard Schwartz will sign copies of Earthquake Exodus, 1906 1-3 pm
- 4/29/06 Society of California of Archivists, 35th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, The Paper Trail of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake & Fire, 2-3 pm
- 4/30/06 Pardee Home Museum, Earthquake Exodus, 1906 illustrated lecture and book signing, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
- 12/11/5 Black Oak Books,1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
- 2/15/06-6/31/06 City of Albany historcial display East side of city kiosk, northwest corner of Solono Ave. and Curtis St. in front of the Sunnyside Cafe.
- 3/16/06 Moraga Historical Society, Ageus Assisted Living, Moraga
- 3/23/06 California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco.
- 3/24/06 Spellbinding Tales, 1910A Encinal Ave., Alameda
- 3/30/06 Artists with Heart fundraiser, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 510-665-1950.
- 4/2/06 El Ceritto Historical Society, The El Cerrito Senior Center is located at 6510 Stockton Avenue, just behind the El Cerrito Library.
- 4/3/6 KCBS Radio, 740 AM RADIO.
- 4/3/06 KPFA Radio, 94.1 FM
- 4/4/06-4/30/06 John Muir National Historic Site 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, CA 94553, 925-228-8860.
- 4/4/06-5/1/06 Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch, 2090 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, 510-981-6100
- 4/08/06 Orinda Books, 276 Village Sq., Orinda 925-254-7606
- 4/11/06 KPFA Radio, 94.1 FM
- 4/11/06 Copperfields Books, 2316 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa
- 4/13/06 Builders Booksource, 1817 4th Street , Berkeley
- 4/14/6 ABC News Channel 7
- 4/15/6 KTVU Channel 2 Rosie Chu's show 'Bay Area People'
- 4/15/06 The 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire Exposition, Pier 48, San Francisco
- 4/16/6 KRON News Channel 4 TV
- 4/16/06 The 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire Exposition, Fire Department Museum gift shop annex at pier 48, San Francisco
- 4/17/06 Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, Marin Co.
- 4/18/06 Ceremony to present Mayor Bates Berkelely City Council Chambers, Matin Luther King Bvd., Old City Hall.
- 4/18/06 Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association Lecture at Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
- 4/19/06-4/20/06 100th Anniversary 1906 Earthquake Conference Commemorating the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, International Seismology Conference at Booth 1313 of the California Historical Society, North Hall "D" of the Moscone Center, San Francisco, between 10am and 4 pm on April 19 and 20.
- 4/20/06 1906 Earthquake Centennial Symposium San Francisco State University, www. rebuildingsanfrancisco.org or call SFSU Labor Studies at 415-338-2885 SFSU Downtown Center, Room 301 425 Market St, San Francisco
- 4/22/06 Albany Fire Department 1906 Earthquake Centennial Memorial and Preparedness, Albany Fire Department headquaters, Buchanan St.
- 4/23/06 San Francisco Maritime National Park 2905 Hyde St. Pier, corner of Jefferson and Hyde Sts. at the Hyde St. Pier. 415-775-2665.
- 4/29/06 Society of California of Archivists, 35th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Standford Court Hotel, 905 California Street-Nob Hill, San Francisco, California.
- 4/30/06 Pardee Home Museum, 672 Eleventh Street in downtown Oakland. (510) 444-2187 for additional information."
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