Sunday, November 5, 2023: Opening Event for “The 1923 Fire: Berkeley’s First Wildfire Disaster,” 3–5 pm

The Berkeley Historical Society & Museum will commemorate the centennial of the fire that destroyed hundreds of homes just north of the UC campus in the fall of 1923. Be among the first to see newly discovered photographs, newspaper accounts, and information about what else was happening in Berkeley during 1923, a year of transitions.

2:45 Doors open for seating in Green Room
3:00 Program:

  • The Prelinger Archive film of the fire, with music.
  • Readings from letters about the fire experience of the Boynton family at their “Temple of Wings” on Buena Vista Way.
  • Remarks by curator Steven Finacom

Following the program, the exhibit will be open for viewing and there will be light refreshments in the lobby. You may also want to buy a copy of our updated 102-page edition of Tempered by Fire: History of the Berkeley Fire Department to take home and learn more about the history of fires and firefighting in Berkeley.

History Book Title: Tempered by Fire