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Berkeley Then and Now: A virtual guided tour


April 29, 2021 | 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

A virtual guided tour of sites in Berkeley as they were in the 1960s and 1980s and as they are now.

Join Berkeley Historical Society for a look at how things have changed in Berkeley from the perspectives of walking tour guides Tina Jones Williams, the Berkeley-native author of the Julia Street Series of novels set in South Berkeley, and Bob Johnson and Janet Byron, who arrived (separately) in Berkeley in the late 1980s and became friends and co-authors of Berkeley Walks. From the city dump to People’s Park to restaurants and retailers, much has changed in Berkeley—often for better and sometimes worse—while plenty has stayed the same.

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About the Speakers

Janet L. Byron

Janet L. Byron

Janet L. Byron has lived in Berkeley, California, for more than half her life. Malcolm Margolin’s East Bay Out was the first walking guide she purchased, and it introduced her to the joys of exploring nature by foot. She has subsequently led walks for Greenbelt Alliance, Berkeley Path Wanderers Association (BPWA), Girl Scouts, Congregation Beth El, and other local groups, and has served on the boards of Greenbelt Alliance, BPWA, Friends of Strawberry Creek, Willard Neighborhood Association, and Berkeley Partners for Parks. She attended the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and works as a science writer and editor. Janet lives in West Berkeley with her daughter.

Robert E. Johnson

Robert E. Johnson

Robert (Bob) E. Johnson has lived in Berkeley for over 30 years. For the past twenty years, Bob has led group walking tours for groups such as Greenbelt Alliance (of which he is a board member), Berkeley Path Wanderers Association, the Berkeley Historical Society, and Bay Nature magazine.


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