Past Events

February 27, 2020 Speaker Series: Vicki McCosker Saputo – Canyon, a Unique Community Longtime Canyon resident, Mrs. Saputo, told of her family’s existence in Canyon since her ancestors inhabited the region since 1850. See Lamorinda Weekly March 18, 2020 review by Vera Kochan.
October 2019 Faux Potluck: Willow Spring Church The membership gathered in the historic Willow Spring Church, built in 1917 as Moraga’s schoolhouse. Socialization and a catered lunch be Sunrise Bistro set the stage to preview the new Moraga Historical Society website.
May 3, 2019 Speaker Series: Dave Newhouse, author, The Incredible Slip Madigan, The Flamboyant Coach Who Modernized Football Dave Newhouse, the former Oakland Tribune sport writer, reviews his book about the great Slip Madigan, coach of St Mary’s College football in the 1920 and 30’s.
January 24, 2019 Speaker Series: Kent Long, President of the Friends of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe, What’s Up at the Moraga Adobe? Mr. Long gave an update on the progress of the J&J Ranch development as it pertains to the purchase and restoration of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe.
October 13, 2018 53rd Anniversary Banquet: Susan Skilton, Board Member and author, Images of America: Moraga The membership gathered in the Lafayette Room at St, Mary’s College to learn about Susan Skilton’s recently published book.
May 23, 2018 Tour: San Francisco’s Historical Sacred Spaces This docent-guided tour included Mission Dolores, Saint Dominic’s Church, Swedenborgian Church, Sherith Isreal and Grace Cathedral followed by a catered lunch at the Café at the Presidio Golf Club.
March 23, 2018 Speaker Series: Sal Compagno, World War I Historian and President of the World War I Historical Association, World War I and the Bay Area Mr. Compagno discussed what part San Francisco and the Bay Area played in the Great War, from anti-submarine warfare and avaiation through supplies, personnel and politics.
January 25, 2018 Speaker Series: James Wright, AIA, The Little Yellow House Mr. Wright, new owner and building Scientist of Orinda’s Little Yellow House built in 1890 by the California Nevada Railroad, discussed the building’s history and what was involved in restoring.
October 14, 2017 52nd Anniversary Banquet: Father Ken Laverone, The History and Canonization of Junipero Serra Following Lunch in Dryden, St. Mary’s College, Father Ken relayed the research the findings that led to the canonization of Junipero Serra.
May 11, 2017 Tour: A Luxury Chartered Bus Tour to San Francisco This trip included a briefing by the Chinese Historical Society of America’s Historian on the History of U.S./Chinese Relations since the American Revolution. Also included was an exclusive, docent-guided tour of the nationally acclaimed historical exhibit “Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion” at the CHSA’s Julia Morgan designed museum. Catered lunch followed at Sam Wo’s Restaurant and a bus guided tour of historical sites in the formerly famous Barbary Coast District.
April 20, 2017 Speaker Series: Lew Halloran, retired Naval Officer, and Barbara Davis, retired Historian, high school teacher and official “librarian” of the Mare Island Museum Soon after the Gold Rush of 1849 and after California became a state in 1850, pirates were a considerable nuisance and hazard to California shipping. The U.S. Navy realized the urgency of building a naval base and shipyard in the San Francisco area. So, in 1854 Mare Island Naval Shipyard was founded. For 142 years this site has built everything from frigates to battleships to nuclear submarines. Mr. Halloran and Ms. Davis presented a power point presentation of the history of Mare Island from its beginnings to the present.
October 15, 2016 51st Anniversary Banquet: Linus Eukel, Executive Director, John Muir Land Trust Linus Eukel described the acquisition of the 600+ acres of the Carr Ranch being incorporated into the more than 2,500 acres of the John Muir Land Trust. The Carr Family has owned this incredible property for over 100 years. It provides habitat for diverse wildlife across stunning ridgelines, unique rock formations, gorgeous valleys, sweeping views, and is the source of high-quality Bay Area drinking water.
December 2, 2015 Tour: Pan Pacific International Exposition Tour Following the 50th Anniversary Banquet of the Moraga Historical Society, featuring Laura Akley, architectural historian and author of San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, Second Vice President Dick Olsen orchestrated a fun-filled, informational “Romeria” (field trip) highlighting Exposition art and architecture. The group traveled to the De Young Museum to view masterpieces which were displayed at the Palace of Fine Arts during the Exposition, some of which have not been viewed since the culmination of the event. Then it was off to the Palace of Fine Arts to view a model of the Exposition and learn more of the planning and execution of this spectacular undertaking. The trip concluded at the California Historical Society Museum.
October 10, 2015 Moraga Celebrating 50 years, Annual Banquet: Laura Akley, architectural historian and author of San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 The lunch event at St, Mary’s College, Lafayette Room was highlighted by a proclamation to the Moraga Historical Society by Supervisor Candace Anderson and the Town of Moraga. A slide presentation followed by Laura Akley, architectural Historian and author of San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915.
August 5, 2015 FANDANGO! Celebrating Moraga Historical Society’s 50 years! A rousing party was held at the Hacienda de los Flores to begin celebrating MHS’s 50th Anniversary! Historic folk music of mid-19th century Hispanic California was performed by Los Arribenos de San Francisco. Dinner was catered by Salsa Verde of Concord.
March 19, 2015 Speaker Series: Mary McCosker and Mary Solon, Lafayette Historical Society, authors of Building the Caldecott Tunnel Mary McCosker, lifetime Lafayette resident and President of the Lafayette Historical Society, attended Acalanes High School, Cal and taught at Rheem Elementary School in Moraga. Mary Solon, originally from Ohio, came to Lafayette in 1969. The two ladies joined forces to author an Images of America publication Building the Caldecott Tunnel.
October 18, 2014 Banquet: The Moraga Historical Society, The Town of Moraga and St. Mary’s College celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Moraga’s Incorporation Held at St. Mary’s College Soda Center, presentations were made after dinner by former mayors from each of the four decades since incorporation.
August 5, 2014 Potluck: Comida Mexicana con sus Amigos (Mexican Food with your friends) On the beautiful upper patio of the Hacienda de los Flores in Moraga, members gather for traditional Mexican dinner provided by Salsa Verde of Concord.
October 18, 2013 48th Anniversary Banquet: Celebrating St. Mary’s 150 Years Brother Ron Gallagher, 28th President of the college, summarized the 150-year history of St. Mary’s College as guests dined at St. Mary’s Soda Center.
April 25, 2013 Tour: La Salle and Hess Collection Romeria Brother Mel Anderson guided a group of 45 Moraga Historical Society members and guests through Mont La Salle, originally a combination of winery/seminary/monastery for the Christian Brothers. Lunch followed at the Mont La Salle picnic area and a tour of the Hess Art Collection and winery.