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The Chung Mei Home for Boys

The drums began pounding at 2 p.m. A crowd of more than 1,500 people was gathered in front of El Cerrito’s city hall to mark a grand day in the city’s history.

It was opening day for the Chung Mei Home for Chinese Boys, said to be the only such orphanage in the United States.The year was 1935, and the 68 “Chung Mei boys” who were moving into the home, dressed in khaki uniforms ...story continues on The Patch

Dorothy & Sundar Shadi History Room

sundarshadiThe El Cerrito Historical Society offers "open hours" at the Dorothy & Sundar Shadi Historical Room (located in City Hall on the 2nd floor) on the third Thursday of every month. You can also contact the Historical Society to arrange an appointment.

You can also call Tom Panas at (510) 526-7507 for more information. (Click here to see the Shadi Room Reference Policy (the rules and policies for the Shadi Room.)


The El Cerrito Historical Society presents:

The El Cerrito Historical Society presents:
Its Name Was MUD: EBMUD and the History of East Bay Water

Michelle Blackwell from the East Bay Municipal Utility District traces the history of water resources in the East Bay from the private water producers of the late 19th century to EBMUD’s founding in 1923 and developments throughout the 20th century.

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23
Location: Free. Arlington Clubhouse, 1120 Arlington Blvd., El Cerrito.

Wheelchair accessible. Light refreshments. Information: Dave Weinstein, 510-524-1737, davidsweinstein@yahoo.com.

Historical Narrative Featured Story
HALLOWEEN by Mervin Belfils

In the late 1920's, if a parent's child got into almost any type of trouble at all, he was sent to the woodshed by the man of the house. On Halloween night the parents were more lenient but even then some of the kids got out of hand and were punished later when word got around the next day about the damage they had caused. Story continues...

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