Everybody's Autobiography

A blog documenting expeditions into California's social, cultural, and natural histories. Short multimedia essays explore the museum's inner workings along with the author's deepest emotions. Eminent Bay Area writers and artists make frequent guest appearances.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Marie Doezema

Oakland is the only metropolitan city in the United States to have a saltwater lake in its downtown. The lake is also the nation’s oldest wildlife refuge, home to large breeding populations of... more

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Andrew Leland

The social upheavals of the late 1960s and ‘70s brought about a profusion of alternative publishing and radical media across the United States. In addition to... more

Thursday, January 12, 2012
Molly Samuel

When OMCA's Gallery of California Natural Sciences reopens in 2013, one of its featured habitats will be the Sutter Buttes, a tiny mountain range near Sacramento that's home to a little-known... more

Monday, December 19, 2011
Molly Samuel

John Muir was a naturalist, conservationist and kind of a curator all rolled into one: he explored, described, documented, advocated. That work still continues, in museums, in the Sierra Nevada, and on... more

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Molly Samuel

In the late 1800s, when the Bay Area was booming, a small settlement bloomed on an island at the... more

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Jimmy Chen

Museums around the world hold replicas of Duchamp's Fountain (1917) in their collections. While I felt doubtful that I'd find one at the Oakland Museum of California, I was... more