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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:

El Cerrito High School's Musical Legacy Kieth Johnson...
director of bands at El Cerrito High and author of a new book and audio compilation on the history of music at the school, will discuss the school's illustrious musical history and play us a few tunes. We may even have some musical alumni join us.

Time/Date: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17
Location: music room at El Cerrito High,
540 Ashbury Avenue.

Light refreshments served.
Wheelchair accessible Light refreshments.

Dave Weinstein, 510-524-1737
Email: davidsweinstein@yahoo.com

Historical Narratives
Melvin Melfits

El Cerrito Kennel Club
When the work was started on the construction of the dog-racing course in September of 1932 by Wembley Amusement Corporation, it was the hope of the corporation to be completed and ready for service by the 15th of October. John J. Jerome, who was in charge of the construction of the track, had the men work in two shifts starting out at six in the morning and continuing until six in the evening. An unemployment list was compiled by the city of El Cerrito and placed in the hands of the corporation as 200 men were employed during the construction of the track and all local help was being used for the construction of this course...(story continues)

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