TV30 highlights church's history

Art historian talks about St. Michael's, now 100

St. Michael's Church in Livermore is not only historic, its century-old stained glass windows are works of art. The subject is explored in the latest episode of TV30's "About the Valley," which was filmed recently with host Dr. Marshall Kamena and guest art historian Barbara Mitchell.

"The first St. Michael's Church was built in 1872 and destroyed by fire in 1916," Kamena said. "The new church, built in 1918, is celebrating 100 years in Livermore."

During the rebuilding, efforts were made to commemorate the early families in the Tri-Valley.

"Twenty-two Renaissance-style stained glass windows were made for the 1918 church," art historian Mitchell explained. "Many of the windows are dedicated to early pioneers in this Valley."

In the show, Kamena and Mitchell also talk about critical times in the early settling of the area as well as its pioneering people and their present-day descendants, including Concannon and Bernal.

"About the Tri-Valley" is aired on Tri-Valley Community Television on Comcast TV Channel 30; AT&T U-verse on Channel 99; and Video-on-Demand at

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