Richard Schwartz at the Commonwealth Club

Thursday May 03 2018   6:00 PM
The Commonwealth Club  110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA  map

Richard Schwartz has been asked back to speak at the Commonwealth Club for the second time in one year. He will present the stories of how San Francisco refugees of the 1906 earthquake fled the fires to the open arms of an all-volunteer relief effort set up on the spot by regular citizens of Berkeley. The illustrated talk will reveal the personal stories of many refugees and the fascinating circumstances that surrounded this mighty time.

Richard SchwartzRichard Schwartz is a historian and the author of Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley; Earthquake Exodus, 1906; Berkeley 1900; and The Circle of Stones. An outdoor enthusiast and animal lover, he worked on a Pennsylvania Dutch farm before heading west to find higher mountains. He now lives in Berkeley, California, where he works as a building contractor and documents early Native American sites in the Bay Area. Visit his website at