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Point Richmond History Association

139 1/2 Washington Avenue
Point Richmond, CA

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PRHA Archive Videos
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                  Wolgast Fight

"Battling" Nelson vs. Ad Wolgast, Point Richmond, 1910

This was the Lightweight Championship of the World.  These two fighters hated each other and wanted a 45 round fight which was becoming illegal in many places including San Francisco which is why the event was held in Point Richmond.

It rained the day of the fight and the grounds  (I think in the area of Warham Development) were a big mess for the 15,000 plus attendees.

The fight was stopped in the 42nd round and Ad Wolgast became Lightweight Champion of the World

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Moving Museum Building The Moving of our Little Museum Building from West Richmond Street to Washington Avenue, 1990
The little building that houses our museum was on West Richmond before the building that is there now was built.  The owner was anxious to get construction started so he said the History Association could have it, but they would have to move it quickly or it would be destroyed.
Our incredible community went to work!  We actually had a new resident who's profession was moving (big) buildings.  Others volunteered to strip the building, tear off the old roof, secure it and build its current foundation.  Santa Fe Railway moved it with the big forklift you see in this film and Chevron brought a crane to put it on its new foundation.  Because of the necessary haste the move was done with out permit, needless to say the City was not happy with us.
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Backroads "Bay Area Backroads" Episode Featuring Point Richmond, 1991

Remember the popular television program, "Bay Area Backroads" that aired on KRON television from 1985 to 2008.  It was hosed by Jerry Graham from 1985 to 1993 and Doug McConnell 1993 to 2008.  This episode is hosed by Jerry Graham, and stars Jerry Cerkanowicz (PRHA President at the time) and Sherry Hartnik (of "Sherry and Bob's Department Store").


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Indian Statue Day 1987 Indian Statue Day in Downtown Point Richmond, 1987

For many years the town celebrated "Indian Statue Day".  The downtown area was closed off and the celebration included booths, special sales, a stage with live music and speeches  by local dignitaries.



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"Eye on the Bay", 2006

Channel Five chapter of their "Neighborhoods" specials.  This is what they did on Point Richmond







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1996 "Kid's Reunion" Meeting

PRHA Annual Meeting was held at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church.  We had a very good attendance and everyone had a great time.  Older folks will love this video.


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 General Meeting Audios

In all recordings, the program follows a short meeting.
2008 meeting
May 18, 2008

Held at the Point Richmond Community Center featured stories by Point Richmond "Old Timers" on growing up in Point Richmond.

The Guest Panel included Betty Dornan, June Beesley Sosabel, Bruce Bartram, George LeRoy Williams and Mary Bianchini Highfill.
Pat Bill Pearson was moderator.



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2010 meeting
May 23, 2010

This meeting was held at the local, friendly and accommodating Chinese restaurant.

The City worker that was to bring the key to the Community Center never showed up.  After waiting on the side walk for some time we moved our group to the restaurant.




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2011 meeting
May 22, 2011

This meeting was held at the Point Richmond Community Center.

Lois Boyle of the Richmond Museum of History was the "star" of this meeting.  She arrived costumed in "Rosie the Riveter" garb and proceeded to act out a fun and entertaining typical Rosie story.



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2012 meeting
May 20, 2012

This meeting was held at the Point Richmond Community Center.

The meeting celebrated the Centennial of Washington School.  Margaret Morkowski talked about what was going on at the school to celebrate 100 years.




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2013 meeting
May 19, 2013


This meeting was held at the Point Richmond Community Center.

Our guest speaker was author and historian Steve Guilford who talks about the WWII Shipyards here in the Point.



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2014 meeting
May 18, 2014

This meeting was held at the Point Richmond Community Center.

Theme was "This Old House" and how to research information about your favorite old Point Richmond home.  Guest speaker was Dean McCleod from the Contra Costa Historical Society.  Mr. McCleod described his path of discovery as he researched his own house.  He also shared the resources that he found useful in finding clues about your building.  Very pleasent and informative meeting, information sheets were given out at the end of the meeting.  Those sheets are still available in our museum.

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2015 meeting May 17, 2015

This meeting was held at the Point Richmond Methodist Church on West Richmond and Martina because the Community Center was under repair construction.

The program for this meeting was a presentation by National Park Ranger Raphael Allen.  Ranger Allen's  talk was on "Making Rosie Stop" and about the efforts to convince Rosie's to go home and return to "women's work".  It is interesting and informative.  Three Rosies also attended the meeting.

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