September 18, 2012 - Annual Awards Luncheon

Press Release
September 18, 2012

The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society
Annual Awards Luncheon

at the Mark Hopkins Hotel
October 22, 2012
recognizing outstanding contributions to San Francisco’s legacy

San Francisco, CA – On October 22, three individuals, along with a preservation architecture firm, a railway museum, a local public transportation company, and an historic film and media preservation company will be honored at the annual San Francisco Museum and Historical Society Awards Luncheon in the Peacock Court at the Mark Hopkins hotel.

The awards ceremony, founded in the 1990s by local historian and author Charles Fracchia, who is also the founder of SFMHS and member of the Board of Directors, will recognize seven individuals and organizations that have made substantial contributions to San Francisco’s legacy. “With these awards, we celebrate those whose love for this City and our storied history has added to our collective memory and the preservation of our history for future generations,” says Fracchia. “We are indebted to the people who value our heritage and our storied history, and work to preserve these treasures for succeeding generations.” Fracchia will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the awards’ presentations.


San Francisco’s Living Treasure Award
for an individual’s extraordinary contributions to San Francisco’s Cultural Fabric

Alonzo King, LINES Ballet
Alonzo King is a visionary choreographer who is altering the way we look at ballet. King calls his works ‘thought structures’ created by the manipulation of energies that exist in matter through laws that govern the shapes and movement directions of everything that exists. King has works in the repertories of the Swedish Royal Ballet, Ballets de Monte Carlo, Frankfurt Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Hong Kong Ballet, NCDT, Washington Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance, Chicago. Renowned for his skill as a teacher, King has been guest ballet master for dance companies around the globe. In 2005, he was named a Master of Choreography by the Kennedy Center. He is a former commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco, and a writer and lecturer on the art of dance. He was awarded the Green Honors Chair Professorship from Texas Christian University and holds honorary Doctorates from Dominican University of California and California Institute of the Arts.

William C. Ralston Award
for a company’s extraordinary contributions to San Francisco history

Page & Turnbull, Architectural and conservation services
(Presentation of this award is sponsored by Union Bank of California.)
Founded in 1973 by Charles Page, Page & Turnbull has spent nearly 40 years enhancing the historic appearance of San Francisco. Noting the wave of public opinion that produced the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and concerned over the excesses of urban renewal, Page determined that there would be demand for professional service that concentrated on issues related to historic preservation. Jay Turnbull joined Page’s office in 1981 as director of architecture, and now heads the firm. Page & Turnbull evaluated the historic buildings in San Francisco’s downtown and published the book, Splendid Survivors, in 1979. This volume, studied by planners, architects and the preservation community, was a precursor to the city’s 1985 Downtown Plan, which has protected historic buildings and shaped downtown development to this day. Page & Turnbull has been preservation architect for many San Francisco buildings, including the Palace Hotel, the Ferry Building, the PG&E and Matson Buildings, and several structures at the Civic Center and the Presidio of San Francisco. Page & Turnbull’s planning and research efforts span the country, with offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles.

Awards of Merit
for extraordinary contributions to San Francisco history

Dianne Easton, Leadership San Francisco
A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Dianne Easton has managed Leadership San Francisco (LSF), an affiliate of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, for the past 24 years. LSF is dedicated to educating and developing leaders and community trustees who will make a significant contribution to strengthen and transform our community. She is chair of the board of directors of Children’s Home Society of California, a statewide child welfare agency. For more than 45 years, she has been actively involved in public policy issues advocating for legislative and community action to improve the wellbeing of children and families throughout California. Easton serves on the council of advisors for the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, is a member of the Commonwealth Club of California, and is a board member of the Abraham Lincoln High School Alumni Association.

Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle columnist
(Presentation of this award is sponsored by the Hearst Corporation.)
Since 1961, Carl W. Nolte has worked for the San Francisco Chronicle, where writes the “Native Son” column. He was born and raised in San Francisco and is a fourth-generation San Franciscan. As a reporter, Nolte has covered baseball, politics, San Francisco and the West. He has been a lecturer in journalism at San Francisco State University and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of three books: Gold Fever (1998); The Pampanito: A Submarine and Her Crew (2000); and The San Francisco Century (2006).

The San Francisco Municipal Railway, Celebrating 100 years
The San Francisco Municipal Railway began 100 years ago, on December 28, 1912, as the first major, publicly owned, land-based transit agency in the United States. Today, Muni has grown to the point that it provides transit service to more than 200 million customers per year in one of the densest, most compact cities in the nation. Coverage per capita also is among the highest in the U.S. with 63 bus routes, 7 light rail lines, the historic F Line streetcars and 3 cable car lines. Of the 700,000 daily boardings on Muni, more than 80 percent are city residents.

Market Street Railway, The San Francisco Railway Museum
Market Street Railway is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic transit in San Francisco. Founded in 1976, it receives no government funding, yet has preserved numerous transit vehicles, predominantly streetcars, and donated them to Muni for operation. It was the driving force for the establishment of the F-line, now the most popular streetcar line in America. In 1996, Market Street Railway opened its San Francisco Railway Museum across from the Ferry Building to educate the public about the role transit played in creating the San Francisco we know and love today.

Prelinger Archives, Preserving film and other historical media
Rick Prelinger is founder of Prelinger Archives, a world-renowned film archive focusing on historical material, especially home movies. Since 1999, he has partnered with the Internet Archive to place historical films online for free access and reuse. Megan Prelinger is, together with Rick, co-founder of the Prelinger Library, a research library of American cultural history that is open to the public in San Francisco as a community workshop. Both Prelingers are writers and historians, and Rick Prelinger is a filmmaker.

Date: Monday, October 22

Time: 11:00 AM – Reception and Silent Auction
12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM – Luncheon and Awards Program

Location: InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
1 Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA 94108

Luncheon Tickets: $130 SFMHS Members, $150 non-members, $1,300 table of ten

For tickets or more information, please visit the SFMHS website at; or call 415-537-1105, ext. 100; or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


SFMHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID 68-0104888) dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, and presentation of the rich historical heritage of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

SFMHS events are sponsored in part by a grant from
Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

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