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.
October 2013 Program
Hysterical Historical San Francisco
Tuesday, October 8 - 7:30 PM
The Old Mint
88 Fifth Street at Mission
In this entertaining presentation, acclaimed comic Kurt Weitzmann will poke fun at everything from the Barbary Coast to the Haight Ashbury and does the impossible by making San Francisco funnier than it actually is. With his brash humor, Kurt will take us on a refreshingly “incorrect” journey around the City by the Bay. Experience all the culture shocks and aftershocks of a San Francisco transplant and learn that as bizarre as San Francisco was in the 1980s, it was even stranger in the 1880s.
Kurt Weitzmann, an award-winning director and playwright, has been performing comedy for more than 15 years. His act has been seen at countless comedy festivals, clubs, and colleges, as well as on Comedy Central and MTV. Kurt founded numerous Bay Area sketch groups, including Nervous Laughter, which was touted as “funnier than any given season of Saturday Night Live in the last ten years” by BAM magazine. He also co-founded Comedy Noir. His short film Last Call (2010) won best narrative short in the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival.
November 2013 Program
The 150-Year Cycle of Brewing in San Francisco
Tuesday, November 12 - 7:30 PM
The Old Mint
88 Fifth Street at Mission
San Francisco has had a fascinating legacy of beer brewing and consumption. From the time of the Gold Rush, savvy immigrants adapted European brewing techniques to produce beers to quench the thirst of the pioneers.
By the 1880s, San Francisco’s 40 breweries contributed to the city’s reputation as the brewing capital of the West Coast. The huge influx of Germans and Irish immigrant workers around the turn of the twentieth century would continue the popularity for local lager.
The anti-saloon forces, scorned in San Francisco, gained such momentum nationally that, by 1920, the entire nation went “dry.” During those Prohibition years, San Franciscans hardly disdained alcoholic beverage, but only changed their drink of choice to the cocktail rather than the brewed beverage. With the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, brewing and beer made a comeback, and soon mega-breweries emerged with a lighter but less distinguished beverage, and local brewing almost disappeared. In the early 1970s, one local brewery, Anchor Brewing (known for Anchor Steam beer), revived a forgotten brewing style, leading to a revolution. Today, craft brewing has swept the nation; there are more breweries now, producing tastier brews, than at any other time in American history.
John Freeman will present the history of brewing in San Francisco and describe how the brewing renaissance that started here, is yet another source of local pride and distinction.
John is a native San Franciscan and local historian, who has presented different topics to the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society over the years, as well as written articles for our publications. He serves on the Society’s Publications Committee and chairs the Monthly Program Committee.
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SFMHS events are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.