San Francisco – On Thursday, February 9, 2006, the California Historical Society opens its earthshaking centennial exhibit, Jack London and the Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906, guest curated by author and historian, Philip L. Fradkin, (The Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906, University of California Press, 2005).
On the morning of April 18, 1906, Jack London and his wife, Charmian, were in Glen Ellen shaken awake, like everyone else in the Bay Area and northern California by the earthquake of the century.
To create this exhibit, Mr. Fradkin has combined photographic images
taken by Jack London, as well as images from the collections of the
California Historical Society, utilized text references from the May 5,
1906 article in Collier’s magazine, and excerpts from Charmian London’s
diary and scrapbooks. Some of these images have never been seen before
or been available for public display.
The images come from the diary of Jack London’s wife and are a part of
the collection of the Hurlingthon Library.
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