THURSDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Dorothy Lazard, TransContinental Railroad
Dorothy Lazard will speak on the Transcontinental Railroad and its impact on the development of Oakland. Dorothy manages the Oakland History Room of the Oakland Public Library where she provides reference services to genealogists, architects, real estate professionals, homeowners, teachers, students, and writers. For the past decade she has hosted popular history programs, mounted exhibits highlighting Oakland history, and written articles for the Oakland Heritage Alliance News. Her mission is to make more of Oakland’s history accessible to a local, national and international audience, and to contribute to a fuller interpretation of California history. She holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies (UC Berkeley) and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College (Baltimore). Lazard writes on history, the use of public space, and travel.