Renaming Peralta Hacienda Historic Park

Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano Featuring Holly Alonso and Diane Wang

Renaming Peralta Hacienda Historic Park

This edition of Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano focuses on the nationwide rethinking of our colonizing and racist history. Oakland’s Peralta Hacienda Historical Park is now holding a public discussion about changing their name. 

Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano interviews Holly Alonso, Director of the Peralta Hacienda, and Diane Wang, educator at the Peralta Hacienda Historic Park, about the renaming of Peralta Hacienda Historic Park which is now underway (fall, 2020). These outstanding women joined Nina on zoom to share the public conversation and some up-coming events. 

Peralta Hacienda Historic Park
Peralta Hacienda Historic Park

The Peralta Hacienda is named after the family that received a land grant of 45,000 acres in what is now Oakland, CA, from the Spanish crown in the 1840s. The renaming discussion involves the broad community of indigenous Ohlone people, Fruitvale district neighbors of the park, the Latinx community, descendants of the Peralta family, the city government, the Oakland Department of Parks and Recreation, and other stake holders. Holly Alonso invites the public to join the convrsation by contacting their website. The video reviews the history of the park land, the Peraltas and the Ohlone. 

The interview, first broadcast on La Raza Chronicles on KPFA FM radio September 8, 2020, begins with Holly Alonso describing about how and why the process began and how she went about creating a public conversation.  

Then, Diane Wang, educator at the Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, discusses some upcoming events and exhibits at the Park. (contact for more information)

Events and Programs include:

Water Keepers Youth Making History
Youth Making History, Water Keepers
Youth Making History Progam
Youth Making History Program

About Nina Serrano: Nina Serrano is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 86 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to or contact her publisher at For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of various social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, or visit for more details.

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