Compared to it's neighbors of Oakland and San Francisco, Piedmont seems like a very small city indeed.  While it isn't large in size, it does have a very interesting history, which may be unknown to some of it's Piedmont residents. Many do not know that silk was produced here at the last of the 19th Century, that a very popular amusement park was in place on the west side of the city during that same time frame, or that an elaborate labryrinth and adjoining park was once in place where Witter Field stands today. 

The Piedmont Historical Society has been established to provide that education to all who are interested.  Located at 358 Hillside Drive in Piedmont, it houses a collection of all kinds of historic memorabilia for those who want to discover their city.  Located in the June Rutledge Piedmont History Room, it is open to the public on the second Wednesday, and the fourth Friday of each month from 2:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m.. There is no fee. They also have an outreach program, conducting special classroom tours for Piedmont students. 

There is so much available to view.  Their collections include Clan-O-Log yearbooks back to 1921, many UC Blue and Gold yearbooks, the Don Church collection of historic Piedmont postcards, and scrapbooks and pictures and artifacts gathered over the years by previous residents and donors.  To supplement this, many publications detailing the city's stories are available at very reasonable prices. 

So, take a moment to visit.  Take your children to visit.  Here is the website for your information:




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