Sunday, March 25, 2012

“Crystalized” Participant Accounts May Change How Davis History Is Written (48)

Ken Kemmerling recently wrote a letter to the Davis Enterprise in which he chronicles some of the history of the City of Davis’ Contract Arts program--a program he says has been discontinued. (His letter, dated March 22, 2012, is reproduced here.)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The California Song Book Down on the Farm (47)

I recently stumbled across a Davis history volume of which I had never heard: The California Song Book. 

The copy I have is the “Twelfth Edition, Revised and Enlarged” and edited by Leroy W. Allen, Cal class of 1913. It is published by the Associated Students’ Store of the University of California and dated 1923.

As I understand it, in the early period many “Davis students” were University of California at Berkeley students temporarily stationed at the “University Farm” outpost. To the degree that this was the practice, this book was also the song book of “Davis students.”

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Davis Progressive Era From Below: A Reflection on Bill Cavans’ DavisWiki Notes (45)

“Everyone knows” that Davis’ population began to explode in the ’60 and ‘70s and that a new “progressive’ and “green” era crystalized.

A good deal has been written about public level political expressions of this era--its environmental policies and signature features such as Village Homes. Among other places, this level is chronicled in Mike Fitch’s rich Growing Pains: Thirty Years in the History of Davis.