Berkeley Historical Plaque Project

The Plaque Project at 100

The Berkeley Historical Plaque Project was established in 1997 with sponsorship from the City of Berkeley and its Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) and the Berkeley Historical Society (BHS).  In 2002 the Project was honored by the California Preservation Foundation with its prestigious President’s Award.  In that same year the Mayor and Berkeley’s City Council unanimously commended Project members for “their tireless efforts to make Berkeley’s history a vital part of our present community.”


“S.P. Train, Shattuck Ave.,” postcard (ca.1909), Sarah Wikander collection.


Now that we’ve passed the 100 plaque mark it seems appropriate to pause for a look back. This website documents the work of a small group of volunteers. We hope it will encourage you to join us in expanding our website and adding to the number of plaques along Berkeley’s streets.

Morrell Airship (1908) postcard,
Sarah Wikander collection.


“Telegraph Ave., Looking toward University” postcard (ca. 1915), Sarah Wikander collection.

Perhaps your chance meetings with plaques has enhanced your experience of our unique city and heightened your sense of its history. With the creation of this website, we have also initiated a project of developing plaque texts that are installed only here, online: e-Plaques. After visiting our e-Plaques section, we hope you will consider drafting a plaque text of your own.


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Robert Kehlmann
Berkeley Historical Plaque Project