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Women’s History walking tour slated

Oakland's Lake Merritt area
Susan Alcorn

What did architect Julia Morgan, poet and writer Gertrude Stein, and librarian Ina Coolbrith have in common? They all lived in Oakland; they were prominent in the city’s history; and they will be among those featured in the Women’s History Tour on March 16, 2014. The tour, led by Annalee Allen, will be sponsored by Oakland Tours Program and Oakland Urban Paths.The tour begins of the steps of Oakland City Hall in Frank Ogawa Plaza at 10 A.M. and will last approximately two hours. Allen says, “We head towards [Lake Merritt] with stops at the YWCA (15th and Webster) to talk about Julia Morgan and the role of the Ys re women; we speak about Gertrude Stein (in front of a mural about Jewish Heritage) on Franklin Street.” Later, the group will “continue to Alice St. and talk about who Alice was,” and “to Oakland Main Library and talk about role of Ina Coolbrith, Oakland ’s first librarian and mentor to [writer] Jack London and [dancer] Isadora Duncan.”


  • The Frank H. Ogawa Plaza is in the center of downtown Oakland where San Pablo Avenue, Broadway, and 14th Street meet.
  • The tour is free; reservations are appreciated (call 238-3234 or send email to
  • Rain does not cancel, but we will at least start out and if it is really heavy, the group can decide if it wants to continue.
  • Children are allowed; dogs if on leash
  • This tour generally has 20-30 participants.

March is Women’s History Month; come to Oakland’s downtown and celebrate women’s contributions.

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