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Welcome to the Victorian Preservation Center's Information for the Historic House




MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Victorian Preservation Center of Oakland is to interpret the East Bay in the later nineteenth century. The Center seeks to accomplish this goal by promoting the study of material culture of the era and the social and economic life of Oakland, the East Bay and the San Francisco Bay Area as represented by the Cohen Bray House.

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Members of the Victorian Preservation Center of Oakland and the professionals on the board have made the effort to preserve and protect the original interiors. You will find the furniture, wallpaper, pictures, rugs and personal items such as diaries, shopping lists and wedding presents are still in their places. Tours also include family stories of the neighbor hood and what life was like since the house was built in 1884.      
Spring Events Saturday April 19, 2015

Oak Tree Farm Cohen Bray House Plant Sale Join us at the house to get some plants for your own garden. From 10-1 pm there will be plants for sale in front of the house, activities for children and brief tours of the house. Proceeds from this sale will benefit the Victory Garden Oak Tree Farm Project and the Cohen Bray House. We are asking for a donation of $2.00 for the tour. Children are free. We could use help with sales and tours. Please let us know if you would like to help. cohenbrayhouse@gmail.com

May 16, 2015 Paranormal Investigations at the Cohen Bray House Previous investigations have had plenty of activity, including "shadow people," footsteps, knocking, tugged-at clothing, electromagnetic field disturbances, and plentiful EVP. Join veteran investigators Karen Zimmerman and Chuck Thurston as they lead small groups through the three stories of the historic home. Participants will learn about capturing audio and video evidence. Alternative methods of spirit communication, such as dowsing rods and pendulums will also be explored, as well as popular smartphone apps. And everyone will receive a pendulum to take home. When: Saturday, May 16th, 2015, 7 p.m. to midnight Cost: $50 per person. All proceeds benefit the Cohen Bray House. How To Get Tickets www.brownpapertickets and look for Cohen Bray House Paranormal Investigation What to bring: A digital recorder, a digital camera, EMF detector or other ghost hunting equipment and observational skills. Dress code: Soft soled shoes, no perfume or heavily scented lotion or oils, no loudly clanging jewelry. Dress warmly as the house is not heated. For further information, cohenbrayhouse@gmail.com Buy tickets for Cohen Bray House Paranormal Investigation




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