Monthly Programs

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.

Beginning in April, 2015, monthly programs will be held in a new venue:

Milton Marks Auditorium
Hiram Johnson State Building
455 Golden Gate Avenue
(between Larkin and Polk, across from the Federal Building)

Some street parking is available; or use the Civic Center Garage (355 McAllister Street, between Larkin and Polk) or the Hastings Law School Garage (376 Larkin Street, at the corner of Larkin and Golden Gate). Nearby transit includes the 5-Fulton, 19-Polk, 47-Van Ness, 49-Mission/Van Ness, or the BART/MUNI Civic Center Station.

Please note: You will need to pass through security to enter the building. Be prepared to pass through metal detectors and have your bags searched. Allow extra time.

Please join us at 7 PM for a reception before each program.

July 2015 Program

On Location: The Golden Gate Bridge on the Silver Screen
Jim Van Buskirk

Tuesday, July 14 - 7:30 PM
Milton Marks Auditorium
455 Golden Gate Avenue

The Golden Gate Bridge has starred in more movies than any other American architectural icon. From Stranded (1935) to The Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and beyond, the iconic span appears in a wide range of films, including Dark Passage, Superman, Star Trek IV, Time After Time, It Came from Beneath the Sea, Love Bug, A View to a Kill, Monsters vs. Aliens, Interview with a Vampire, and X-Men. In honor of the bridge’s recent 75th anniversary, Jim Van Buskirk, author of Celluloid San Francisco, offers a clip-filled program of hilariously horrifying depictions of the Bay Area’s beloved bridge.

Jim Van Buskirk’s articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in various books, periodicals, and websites. A native Californian who has lived in San Francisco for more than 40 years, he has worked as a librarian, archivist, exhibit curator, book group facilitator, and public speaker.

September 2015 Program

San Francisco, World War II, and African Americans
Bill Doggett

Tuesday, September 8 - 7:30 PM
Milton Marks Auditorium
455 Golden Gate Avenue

San Francisco and the Bay Area were critical hubs of America’s World War II shipbuilding and other war effort support operations. African Americans from all over the country, seeking employment and safe harbor from Jim Crow policies, flocked to northern California in great numbers.

The late Rev. John N. Doggett migrated to San Francisco in 1945 as a young minister to work with African Americans working in Hunters Point as shipbuilders. His son, Bill Doggett, will talk about African Americans in San Francisco during World War II as part of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

Bill Doggett is an award winning historian/archivist who gives a variety of presentations throughout the Bay Area. His work on the African American concert singers in San Francisco appears in this summer’s issue of The Argonaut. Doggett also exhibited in the 2014 and 2015 San Francisco History Expos.