Monthly programs are generally held on the second Tuesday evening of each month except for August and December. Programs are free to SFMHS members. Admission for non-members is $10 per person ($5 for seniors, students, K-12 teachers, and persons with disabilities), which may be applied to membership dues within 30 days.
Program dates and topics are subject to change. Please check this page for any last-minute updates.
Unless otherwise noted, it is not necessary to RSVP for a monthly program.
Most programs take place at the Old Mint, located at 88 Fifth Street at Mission. The Old Mint is close to Powell MUNI/BART, and is served my numerous bus lines. Parking is available in the Fifth and Mission/Yerba Buena Center Garage.
Please join us at 7 PM for a reception before each program.
March 2014 Program
Remnants of San Francisco: Pieces of the Bygone City, Part II
Tuesday, March 11 - 7:30 PM
The Old Mint
88 Fifth Street at Mission
Scattered around San Francisco are many fascinating architectural fragments that are leftovers of some larger construction. As a follow-up to his 2012 presentation, Christopher Pollock describes more sites, such as a neo-Gothic hospital, a Victorian records archive, a monastery started in the tenth century, and a long-gone residential district. You have probably passed many of these elements numerous times and not known what you were seeing. This talk will explain their existence and significance, answering such questions as:
- Where will you find a street with the ghosts of race horses rounding the bend?
- What event left an embankment that remains unbuilt to this day?
- Why is one building in the Civic Center District turned at such an odd angle?
- How did several land parcels get cut into such seemingly arbitrary shapes?
Christopher is the author of two books on Golden Gate Park and the new Reel San Francisco Stories: An Annotated Filmography of the Bay Area.
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SFMHS events are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.