The Guild produces QUARTERLY newsletters with information about our activities, acquisitions, displays and other information of interest. They are items of historical interest in themselves.  All on-line newsletters (2006 onward) appear underlined below.

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This PDF file is an index of Guild newsletter topics by subject through December 2005.  All newsletters are available at the Carnegie Museum at 2155 Third Street in Livermore. (14 pages)
2017.08 History of Carol Jeane and her dance studio.
2016.03 The 100th anniversary of the Duarte Garage; discussion of the Hageman Farm Partnership Project
2014.12 Schenone Building, a downtown icon, marks 100 years; first known aerial photograph of Livermore; Dr. John Shirley's book reflecting on our city in the 50's and 60's; Kottinger Barn remembered
2014.04 Celebrates LHG: 40 years of preserving the history of our community and chronicles our many
community projects over the years.
2013.08 The 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway, the nation's first transcontinental road, on Sunday, June 23, 2013.  Jason Bezis describes the celebration and provides lots history about the Lincoln Highway.
2013.04 Articles: (1) St. Michaels School celebrates centennial, (2) In Memoriam: TV Host Huell Howser, (3) In Memoriam: TV Host Huell Howser, (4) Phone Calls Traveled by Barbed Wire in 1890s-1910s Altamont, (5) Livermore Soldier Was in Iconic D-Day Photo With "Ike", and (5) New Livermore HistoryMobile To Be Dedicated: Sat., May 25th
2013.01 "'Tesla Park' Proposed in Corral Hollow Canyon"
2012.05 "Robert Livermore's British Connections" by Jason Bezis
2012.03 "Bicycling in the Livermore Valley: 1880 to 1950" by Jason Bezis
2012.01 "Seagrave Fire Engine Restoration Nears Completion," by Jason Bezis
2011.11 "Noachian" California Flood of 1862 - 150th Anniversary" by Jason Bezis
2011.09 "Townsend School Building (1875) Rediscovered" by Jason Bezis
2011.07 "Agua Puerca/Oak Spring: Forgotten Valley Landmark," a history of water in the Livermore Valley by Jason Bezis.
2011.05 "A Carnegie Library for Livermore," the continuing story of the creation and history of our community's first library, now the home of the Livermore Heritage Guild. by Loretta Kaskey.


In mid-May of 1911, Livermore’s Carnegie Library opened to the public. On Saturday, May 14, 2011, the LHG is joining forces with the Livermore Art Association (LAA) to hold an art and history fair.
2011.01 Altamont Rock Festival of 1969: The Aftermath (Part II of II) by Jason Bezis
The new “Firefighters' Parade” mural, dedicated on September 21st. Lead artist Vera Gordeev Lowdermilk and assistant Kean Adair Butterfield painted the mural, paid for by the City Commission for the Arts, on the easterly wall of the old city firehouse at 2369 First St.
The 100th Anniversary of the Western Pacific Railroad's coming to Livermore. On August 22, 1910, the first Western Pacific (WP) passenger train stopped in Livermore en route to Oakland from Salt Lake City, via California's Feather River Canyon. The nation had its final transcontinental railroad line and Livermore its second set of tracks.
2010.07 Irving Stowers writes about the restoration of the 1920 Seagrave fire engine that began service as Livermore's fire engine in 1919.
2010.05 Jason Bezis' tribute to Livermore's World War I "Gold Star"veterans. Jeff Kaskey writes of a "Springtime Visit to Sweet/Young Ranch" in the Altamont.
2010.03 Part I of Jason Bezis' article, "Ältamont Rock Festival: '60s Abruptly End". Also, Rich Buckley writes of "Chief John Michelis: 1950's 'Çommunity Policing'"
2010.01 Jason Bezis contributes several articles: "Livermore Masonic Building Is 100 Years Old." "Remembering the 1980 Livermore Earthquakes," and "In Memoriam: Al Ofiesh."
2009.11 "Remembering Livermore's World War II 'Gold Stars'"
2009.09 Gary Drummond describes the Army motor convoy's trip through Livermore in 1919 and again in 2009.
"September 5, 1919 was expected to be a gala day in Livermore because the U.S. Army Motor Transport Corps would be in town. A welcoming committee had been organized, the Boy Scouts would meet the convoy at the county line. The convoy entered the town on east First Street, turned onto Junction Avenue , passed the Duane Garage and continued west on the Dublin Road."
2009.07 Gary Drummond writes about "Americans Hit The Road." Americans began to move across the country by automobile as early as 1919. A number of communities across the nation set aside pieces of woodland where a traveling family could stay over night. Most had no conveniences.
In the spring of 1919, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors considered establishing auto camps along county roads. But the State Board of Health got into the picture and insisted on minimum facilities. Auto parks were required to have a source of water, a caretaker and comfort stations."
Gary Drummond writes of the career of Edward Livernash, owner of Livermore's Herald newspaper. "Three months after Edward Livernash purchased the Herald from W. P. Bartlett in June 1891, the newspaper building burned in an early morning fire. It had been insured for $2,200. Livernash had also spent $1,000 dollars for new type fonts and improvements of the shop. But Livernash was not in town the morning the fire occurred. That day he had been arrested at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Disguised as a Negro woman, complete with black face, he had in his possession a can of chloroform and a container of prussic acid. The police were surprised to find they had arrested a man. His explanation for the chloroform was that he was a restless sleeper and had insomnia. As for the costume, he had come to San Francisco to play a trick on his wife."
Gary Drummond describes early newspapers in Livermore. "Small town newspapers in the 19th century usually were made up of four pages: the first and fourth were made up of boilerplate (patent medicine cures, hair dye ads and often a serial novel). Page 2 was usually editorial matter and Page 3 was local news (births, marriages, and deaths) and ads of local merchants."
Gary Dummond writes about the Alameda County bifurcation and consolidation plan. "The Niles newspaper initiated the discussion in a published article pointing out that the three South County townships of Eden, Washington, and Murray were paying in taxes 20 percent of the total raised in Alameda County, but were not receiving commensurate services. The advantages of Bifurcation, proponents claimed, were that a new county could be composed of a territory of like interests, that there would be no rule by large city machine politics, that “water-front evils would be unusual” and, most importantly, that a lower tax rate would result."
By 1940 the war in Europe became more intense. After the fall of France, the U. S. Government began action to identify non-citizens by requiring them to be registered and fingerprinted. All local aliens over age 14 were subject to registration with the government by December 30, 1940. ... The Heritage Guild would like to speak with any local family whose members were affected by the 1942 government restrictions. Please call us at 449-9927.
The Altamont HIghway and Vasco Road on their 70th and 50th birdays, respectively. The Altamont Highway, I-580 between Greenville Road and Grant Line Road, turned 70 this year. In 1938 its completion was regarded as a watershed event in Bay Area transportation history, on a par with the recently opened Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and Caldecott Tunnel. Vasco Road went by four names until 1958: it was “Vasco Road” north of U.S. 50 (now I-580), “Washington Avenue” from U.S. 50 to the outhern Pacific tracks (now inactive), “Taylor Lane” from the Western Pacific tracks (now Union Pacific) to East Avenue, and “Las Positas Avenue . . . .” Article by Jason A. Bezis
You can call it the Brother’s War, the War Between the States, the War of Southern Independence, or the Civil War – the fact remains that hundreds of thousands of the participants were injured. A number of those eventually lived here in the Livermore. Article by Richard Finn
More from last month's newsletter, the description of homes on 2008s Legacy Home Tour.
Four homes on the “Old South Side” that were part of 2008's Legacy Home Tour.
Gary Drummond describesThe Silver Screen, a history of the movie theater in Livermore.
Gary Drummond writes The Water Wars. There is  a reprint of a March 1877 article from the Livermore Herald describing a "Soiree Party" held in the Palace Hall.
Gary Drummond's The Automobile Comes to Livermore.
Gary Drummond's Baughman's Clothing Store
Rev. Martin Luther King's historic visit to Tri-Valley 38 years ago.
Building a Library: The story of Livermore's first libraries.  Article by Gary Drummond.
Oil! In the latter quarter of the 19th Centery, a farmer dug a water well and hit a gas pocket. Fearing it would distroy his crops, he covered it up. With rumors of the possibility of oil in the area, explorations began. The article by Gary Drummond  describes the history of oil explorations in the valley.
"William Wallace Brier, Pioneer Missionary." Over a 20 year period, Brier organized Presbyterian Churches in Alvarado, Livermore (1871), Pleasanton (1876), Milpitas, and Red Bluff.
"Long-lost country school resurfaces on Mulqueeney Ranch." A little country school that operated atop the Altamont for 72 years closed its doors in 1946 and was never heard from again -until  February 2006 when it was rediscovered off Patterson Pass Road.
"Baughman's Clothing Store" by Gary Drummond. Baughman's is the oldest continuous retail-clothing establishment in Livermore, indeed in Alameda County.
A Seditious Incident.  In 1917, the Herald warned "Whenever you hear a rumor of a disaster suppressed by the government, or an attack on the physical and moral welfare of American troops, you can rest assured that it originated in the evil mind of a paid German agent."
The following are only available in paper format.
A 2005 display at the Carnegie Museum about the Livermore Naval Air Station, Camp Parks and Camp Shoemaker in Dublin and the stories of local veterans from World War II.
"Forrestors of America, Livermore Court #77 by Larry Mauch (10 pages)
A summary of the Guild's many recent activities (4 pages)
"The Automobile" by Gary Drummond (4 pages)
"Providing Water to A New Community" by Gary Drummond (4 pages)
"The First 50 Years of Telephone Service in Livermore" by Gary Drummond (4 pages)
"The First Churches in Livermore" by Gary Drummond (4 pages)
"Building a Library" by Gary Drummond (4 pages)
"Livermore's Wonderful Street Railway" by Gary Drummond (4 pages)
Articles on the Seven Sisters Road and the history of the Historymobile
"The Western Pacific Railroad"  by Gary Drummond (4 pages)
"Fraternal Organizations in Livermore" by Gary Drummond (4 pages)
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