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New Local History Lecture Series at the Livermore Public Library


The Livermore Public Library and the Livermore Heritage Guild present Then & Now: Livermore Stories, a new quarterly local history lecture series. Livermore City Historian Richard Finn will present the first lecture, “Oak Knoll Cemetery: Abandoned, But Not Forgotten,” on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16TH at 7:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Library Community Rooms. Future dates for Then & Now: Livermore Stories programs are April 17, July 17, and October 16. All of the lectures will take place in the Civic Center Library Community Rooms at 7:00 p.m.

Richard will give a short history of Oak Knoll Cemetery, the first formal cemetery in the Livermore-Amador Valley, and explain why it closed. He will also talk about some of the very interesting people buried at the cemetery. Richard and his cousin, Peter Kitchingham, of London, England, have spent several years researching hundreds of people buried at Oak Knoll Cemetery, including the founder of Alameda County, a person buried at three different places, and the ancestors of many people still living in the Livermore Valley.

Richard Finn has lived in the Livermore Valley since 1959 when he started working at Sandia National Laboratories. He retired in 1996 as manager of Integrated Design Services and Engineering Information Management. In retirement, he has spent a great deal of time studying his family history. Richard and his cousin have developed a database of over 40,000 Livermore Valley pioneers and their descendants. Richard has been president of both the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society and the San Ramon Genealogical Society, and for the last two years, he has served as the Livermore City Historian.