Unlike traditional plaques, which are real objects, e-Plaques exist only on this website. They document our city’s past online. Written by you and by us, they present a serendipitous overview of Berkeley. With time e-Plaques will grow into a collaborative self-portrait of our city—a crowd-sourced mosaic of entries revealing how Berkeley became Berkeley. E-Plaques exist in relation to specific locations: actual places on our website’s interactive map. They document a broad array of sites where interesting things have happened, where compelling people from all walks of life have lived, or where unique natural phenomena exist. Texts about people focus on those no longer living.
As this section of our website expands we don’t know what we will discover, but we anticipate both reverent and irreverent surprises. Visit Submission Guidelines for information on drafting your own texts or submitting images, notes, and ideas.
E-Plaques are organized by section: Architects and Buildings, edited by James Samuels, Berkeleyana, edited by Robert Kehlmann, Counterculture, edited by Tom Dalzell, Music, edited by Diana Kehlmann, and People. The New Additions section offers a quick overview of recent entries. In time we time we will be adding new sub-sections.