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December 24, 2008 > Transcontinental Connections Forum

Transcontinental Connections Forum

Submitted By Paul Welschmeyer, AIA

This is an announcement of the formation of the Transcontinental Connections forum and a call for interested presenters. The purpose of this forum is to gather the communities of Southern Alameda County to share and discover the connections they have with each other and their contributions to the greater Bay Area. These discussions are not inclusive to Niles, Sunol, Pleasanton and Livermore, but rather represent a starting point for connected conversations. These communities were originally linked as stations on the Transcontinental Railway into the Bay Area, hence the title of this forum.

Conversations and presentations are open to history, culture, environment, lifestyle and arts. All presentations need to be prefaced with a short statement on the connections being made, inferred or strung together. This forum is an Open Mike history/cultural arts symposium, which is to be held on a regular basis. For at least the first year, the event will be held at the Edison Theater (120 seat capacity), home of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum (NESFM), Historic Niles District, 37417 Niles Boulevard, Fremont CA. It is anticipated that as the event succeeds the gathering location may change.

The program is presented by the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum and moderated by Paul Welschmeyer Architects. The forum will be held on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. on 11 January, 19 April, 19 July and 18 October 2009. Interested presenters should contact Paul Welschmeyer Architects at or by phone, (510) 825-0783.

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