Click here to hear author Richard

Di Giacomo giving the keynote address at the annual conference of the California Council for the Promotion of History at Monterey, California on October 4, 2015. In the talk, he explains how he researched the book, and why it is so useful to travelers, history buffs, parents, and educators.

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     © 2015 Magnifico Publications

ISBN-13: 978-0-9853006-7-8 $20.00

ISBN-13: 978-1532943195 $25


Table of Contents:


The San Francisco Bay Area Before Spanish Contact                            

The Spanish and Mexican Periods                                                                         

The Gold Rush Era                                                                                                 

Settlers From Around the World                                                                         

World War One and the Early Twentieth Century                                     

World War Two                                                                                                               

The Cold War and the Postwar Boom                                                             

From the Counter Culture to Silicon Valley and Beyond                         

Museums and Historical Sites Listed by Category                                     

Individual Museum Listings                                                                                     



Available as an e-book on, Barnes & Noble,, Google Play,, and other sites.

Print copies now available directly from Magnifico Publications, on, at the following bookstores:

Palo Alto:Bell's Books; Los Gatos:Book Revue; San Jose:Hicklebee's; Santa Cruz:Bookshop Santa Cruz; San Francisco: Alley Cat, Dog-Eared Books, Bird & Beckett Books, Folio Books, and Alexander Book Company; Oakland:Laurel Books, and Diesel Books Berkeley: Pegasus Books, University Press Books, A Great Good Place for Books; Hayward:The Bookshop; Pittsburg:Railroad Book Depot; Larkspur: Diesel Books, Salinas: Downtown Books and Sound, Danville: Rakestraw Books, Pleasanton:Towne Center Books.

and at the following fine historical sites:
Oakland Museum of California, The Winchester Mystery House, Wings of History Museum, Morgan Hill Historical Society
Fort Ross, The Haas-Lilienthal House, Sunnyvale Heritage Park, Hiller Aviation Museum, Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum, Red Oak Victory Ship,
Morgan Hill Historical Society, Pittsburgh Historical Museum, Pleasanton Museum on Main, Monterey County Agricultural Life Museum, California Historical Society, San Mateo County History Museum, Sharpsteen Museum, the National Steinbeck Center, San Francisco Rail Museum, Mission Carmel, and New Almaden Quicksilver Mine Museum.

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