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Speaker  Program 

Oaklands Historic Cohen Bray house- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

We offer a PowerPoint talk in person or on Zoom about our house, one of the five historic  houses in Oakland. Did you know we are an Historic Landmark #8, and also on the National Register of Historic places in Alameda County? 

Patty Donald, the President of the Victorian Preservation Center of Oakland and a descendant, will use amazing photos on Powerpoint to show how this happened.

Learn how these two Gold Rush families,  Cohens and Brays helped shape the  transportation of people and commodities from San Francisco, Oakland and Alameda up the delta to the miners and south to Warm springs and all around the region in 1850-1880.

Respecting the original Huichun people and the land our house is built upon, learn how the neighborhood has changed over time. See the historic  maps of Alameda and  Oakland's Fruitvale district. 

Time has shaped the house through family changes in wealth and property, impacts of earthquakes and embezzlement.  We are fortune to have the original architectural plans and  historic photos  to show why the house looks as it does today.  Learn how your membership, time and expertise can help save this house from the ravages of time. Help us to save the past for the future.

 A tour through the house would be the next step back in time for your group!


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