Preserving Japanese Nursery History

Tom saved El Cerrito’s last remnant of the once-thriving Japanese Nursery industry here in West County and then persuaded the City and the developer to memorialize that history at the site when they redeveloped it. Here is a short video about it in which he is a...

Feeling Its Oats at 37: Historical Society Drawing Crowds

By Betty Buginas | The Patch One of those is Tom Panas, who Bartke said is a tremendous researcher with a phenomenal memory.     “He’s interviewed a ton of people,” said Bartke. “He took it on himself. He  just wanted to see that the history was preserved. “    ...