I currently have columns running in 3 newspapers;
- Tri-Valley Herald : Looking Back
- Valley Times : Do You Remember?
- The Independent : Do You Remember?
The Articles appear in the Herald and Independent on Thursdays,
and the Times on Sundays.
They will also be found on this page each week as well.
If you've missed any please follow the links on the dates to catch up.
Looking for pioneer family descendants
By Barry Schrader.................................April
If your ancestors came to the Tri-Valley before 1910, Dick Finn wants
to know about it.
As part of the Heritage Families History Project, the Tri-Valley History
Council has begun collecting data on pioneer families. Finn says they have
information on more than 290 families, which includes some 8,100 individuals,
so far and he sees this as a great benefit to future genealogical researchers,
museums, libraries and historians.
As a start they are assembling binders with the descendants' charts
for each pioneer family. Added to that will be a history of the family,
hopefully provided by a family member or a local historian. Also being sought
are photos and other documents such as marriage certificates. This will
all be compiled on computer disks and made available to the public at Tri-Valley
libraries and museums.
The History Council was organized as a network of all the local historical
groups-their intent is to encourage, promote and assist the study and research
of local history, organize training and development classes and seminars,
support school history projects, and maintain a calendar of each historical
In you want to participate in the Heritage Families History Project
contact Finn, the project leader, at (925) 447-9652 or via email at email@example.com.
Volunteers are also needed to help collect and compile the data.
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There are certain local events and traditions that are nostalgic, seeing
old friends and enjoying a good time. One of those came to mind when I received
an email from Nancy Faraudo of Livermore telling about the Livermore-Amador
Symphony. Her note follows:
"An area to be reminisced about is the Livermore-Amador Symphony Orchestra.
It has been performing here in the valley for about 40 years, and we have
loved watching and listening to it most of these years. In its early days,
it was under the auspices of the Livermore Adult Education, but now they
are on their own. The musicians that have grown up with and/or stayed with
this group are to be commended. Their wealth of talent has grown over the
years, giving the community so much.
"The most interesting thing that I've observed is watching the
community grow old before my eyes. My husband Don and I usually sit in the
same area of the sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church (where most of their
performances are held), as do others, so we have 40 years worth of visions
of the same folks, like flipping a cartoon drawing and watching it change.
What other event brings so many people regularly together, year after year
after year. There are physicists, farmers, professionals, storekeepers,
teachers, folks from all denominations of churches, students, local politicians,
doctors and lawyers. Being a people watcher, I can say I have watched the
aging of Livermore. Sadly, some of these folks are beginning to leave us.
It's not just the buildings or the streets getting older, but the people
who have lived here for so long, and have been the life-blood of the city.
"From 5,000 population in 1953 to 75,000 or more now, this Livermore-Amador
Symphony has provided music and a gathering place to the backbone of the
city. We see the druggist from downtown. We see artists who exhibit in the
local art shows. We see former mayors and councilmen. We see a doctor from
the early days of Valley Memorial Hospital. We see many LLNL and Sandia
friends. We see winemakers. Teachers are here from grammar, middle and high
schools. These same folks have contributed to the support of the Symphony
over the years. We have a conductor from Stanford University who brings
premium soloists to our city from the greater San Francisco area."
Nancy puts it so well. I hope others will share their favorite traditions
or gatherings that make this place so special. Send them to me and I will
try to use them in future columns.
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History mystery question for this week: What Livermore couple has played
a combined total of 80 years in the local symphony? Hint: they missed one
year while living in England.
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Livermore, CA. 94551