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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, originally from New York, has now lived in Berkeley, California for more than half her life. Heyday founder Malcolm Margolin’s East Bay Out was the first walking guide she purchased, and it introduced her to the joys of exploring nature on foot. She has subsequently led walks for numerous local groups and has served on the boards of several local organizations. She attended the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley and works as a science writer and editor. Janet lives in West Berkeley with her daughter. Photo credit: Richard Price.

Robert E. Johnson

Robert E. Johnson

Robert (Bob) E. Johnson has lived in Berkeley for more than thirty years. Bob has led group walking tours around the Bay Area for groups such as the Greenbelt Alliance, Berkeley Path Wanderers Association, the Berkeley Historical Society, and Bay Nature magazine. Photo credit: Dani Padgett.


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