Richard Schwartz, author of “Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley” will give a slide talk featuring highlights of Berkeley’s history from 1850 to 1925. Schwartz brings to life Berkeley's defining men and women from the past - squatters and speculators, missionaries and mystics, vendors, inventors and industrialists. The result is not only an authoritative history but also a delightful storyteller's anthology, full of humor, drama, sadness and hard-earned wisdom.
Richard Schwartz is a California historian and author of other regional history books. He lives in Berkeley where he also works as a building contractor. “Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley” was a San Francisco Chronicle critics’ choice for the 2007 holiday season. (StephanieLibrarian)