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2017 marks the 100th year since incorporation of El Cerrito as a city. What came before? What has happened since? For what is El Cerrito noteworthy? Who were the "movers & shakers" and what are some of the interesting stories to tell? Click Here for the complete list of the El Cerrito Historical Society's 2017 Centennials Talks and Tours.


If your local organization would like a speaker on these or related topics, the El Cerrito Historical Society has a speakers panel available. Contact Rich Bartke 235-1315 richbartke@aol.com, or David Weinstein 524-1737 davidweinstein@yahoo.com.
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January 25th, 7:00 PM
At the El Cerrito Community Center

The Historical Society will kick off the city’s Centennial Year at its annual meeting Wednesday, January 25 at the Community Center.

After a short business meeting that starts at 7 p.m., society vice president Dave Weinstein will talk about how El Cerrito moved from “City of Sin to City of Homes.”

While focusing on the gambling and prostitution that once made the city a regional attraction, and on the changes that ensued as reformers and even a few lawmakers stepped in to close up the gambling joints, Dave’s talk will serve as a general introduction to the city’s history. We’ll hear about the first major industry in town to attract out-of-towners. Hint: it had something to do with death. We’ll also learn about why one city just to our south looked to El Cerrito to provide some of the services people in that town wanted to have – only they didn’t want them to be in their town.

Hambone Kelly's Narrative
by Jon Bashor



El Cerrito Noteable John Fogerty (b. 1945) -
John Cameron Fogerty achieved fame as the lead singer/songwriter and guitarist in Creedence Clearwater Revival and has since gone on to a chart-topping solo career.

The El Cerrito Historical Society believes that a remarkable number of noteworthy people have come from El Cerrito or have lived here at some time in their lives. A few were world famous, others were well-known in the area or were particularly noteworthy in their own field. This list is an attempt to compile those names now known to the Society. In the future the Society hopes to compile a list of those who were significant in the development and growth of El Cerrito. This is a work in progress, and your suggestions for additions, editing, or deletions are welcome. (Click Here to visit our extensive list.

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