Robert Arneson
Robert Arneson
Robert Carston Arneson (1930 – 1992) was an American sculptor and professor of ceramics in the Art department at University of California at Davis who was born in Benicia and died in Benicia. He graduated from Benicia High School and spent much of his early life as a cartoonist for a local paper. Arneson studied at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California for his BFA and went on to receive an MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California in 1958. One of his most famous (and controversial) sculptures was a bust of assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone. Photo courtesy of Google.
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Vallejo History
Thursday, February 2
Vallejo History  (General Meeting)
1:30 pm
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
Our featured February 2nd speaker is Brendan Riley. He was raised in Vallejo and had a 39-year career as a writer and editor with The Associated Press. In retirement, he returned to his hometown and has produced two books focusing on the history of Vallejo, Mare Island and other areas of Solano County. He writes a "Solano Chronicles" history column for the Vallejo Times-Herald and has served on the boards of the Vallejo and Mare Island museums. Brendan also has spent many years researching his own family history.
Mr. Riley will be talking about General Vallejo and city of Vallejo history. California historian H.H. Bancroft once wrote that Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo was not "strict in his relations with women." Today's researchers have provided the details: Vallejo fathered five children with women other than his wife, with whom he had 16 children. Vallejo's relationships reflected a socially stratified, male-dominated machismo culture of his time. It's an understatement to say that genealogists have a challenging time sorting out his family tree.
This meeting will NOT be on Zoom. The event location is at Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum at 734 Marin Street in Vallejo California. Masks are encouraged but not required. The meeting starts at 1:30 pm PST on Thursday afternoon February 2nd.

Runnin' Down Grandma
Thursday, March 2
Runnin' Down Grandma  (General Meeting)
1:30 pm
Virtual via zoom
Nancy Calhoun has been doing genealogy for 45 years and worked as a genealogy librarian for 15 years. Has attended many national conferences, received scholarships, and won writing awards. Presented for societies in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Received her BA, BS, MS. Member of several societies, DAR, 1812, Mayflower, UDC, Oklahoma Genealogical Society Board, and First Families of the Twin Territories.  Runnin’ Down Granny:
Researching Female Family Members
At least half of our family trees consist of female ancestors. Yet these are often clouded or completely lost in the mist of the past. At times, we’re lucky to even have a given name. This presentation presents information on finding these illusive women and even on how to “live with them” and in spite of them.
Non-Members: If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to to request a Zoom invitation.  Members will automatically receive a Zoom invitation.  Zoom invitations will be sent out a couple of days before the meeting. Meeting time is 1:30 PM PST

Building the Benicia-Martinez Bridge
Thursday, April 6
Building the Benicia-Martinez Bridge  (General Meeting)
1:30 pm
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
John V. Robinson (born 1960) is an American writer and photojournalist who specializes in photographing heavy construction work with a focus on bridge construction and the men and women who do the work. Robinson goes onto construction sites and does detailed photo essays of the iron workers, pile drivers, carpenters, laborers, and crane operators who do this demanding and dangerous work. He frequently collects oral histories of the workers.  Robinson also does freelance photography work and his construction shots are frequently published in San Francisco Bay Area newspapers, used in calendars, and used in advertising campaigns of construction and engineering firms. John Robinson's photo-essays on bridge construction and history have been published in nine books and his articles and photographs regularly appear in professional and trade journals like The Ironworker[5] and Engineering News Record.
The summer of 2007 marks the opening of the new Benicia-Martinez Bridge between Solano and Contra Costa Counties in California. Building the Benicia-Martinez Bridgetraces the transportation history of the area from the old railroad ferry service, through the construction of the existing bridges, and documents the construction of the new bridge.
This meeting will NOT be on Zoom. The event location is at Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum at 734 Marin Street in Vallejo California. Masks are encouraged but not required. The meeting starts at 1:30 pm PST.

GSVB Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, May 4
GSVB Anniversary Celebration  (Annual Potluck)
12:00 pm
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum

Martinez Cemetery Field Trip
Sunday, May 7
Martinez Cemetery Field Trip  (Training)
Martinez Cemetery