Mayor’s Office Prohibits San Francisco History Expo at the Old Mint
SFMHS has been informed by the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development that we are not permitted to hold the 5th Annual San Francisco History Expo at the Old Mint. The History Expo has been scheduled for February 28 – March 1.
Without the History Expo on that weekend, the Old Mint will be cold and dark, 55 neighborhood and local history organizations will not be able to show their exhibits in the beautiful historic rooms of the Old Mint, and the more than 3,500 members of the public expected to attend will not be able to enjoy the Old Mint and the many exhibits.
This decision to prohibit the Expo from taking place at the Old Mint has nothing to do with the Expo, but is rather related to SFMHS’s battle to retain control of the Old Mint and develop it as a museum of San Francisco history. The Expo, the affected organizations and the public should not be pawns in a battle in which they are not involved.
Mayor Ed Lee can reverse this decision by his staff. Please contact Mayor Lee and urge him to permit the History Expo to take place at the Old Mint. Contact information for Mayor Lee and a sample letter appears here. A printable PDF version can be downloaded here.
Website Changes Coming Soon
We’re in the final stages of a relaunch of the sfhistory.org website. Most basic functions should be in place by October 31. After the new site is live, you’ll be able to find a mirror of the current site at sfmhs.org. If you have problems with the new site, look to sfmhs.org for any missing information or broken links.
We apologize for any inconvenience. Please direct any questions to webmaster (at) sfhistory (dot) org.
Sundays At The Mint
The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society is pleased to open the doors of the Old Mint on Sundays from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Enjoy docent-led tours of this national historic landmark, and explore a number of unique exhibits, including various photography projects of San Francisco neighborhoods, streets, and unique architecture as well as a new exhibit – “Our City Innovates”–the first in a series on San Francisco innovation and innovators. Read more…
Date: Sundays except for November 30, December 21, 28, and January 4
General Admission: $10.00
SFMHS members: $5.00
The Future of the Old Mint
A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle gives the impression that SFMHS’s stewardship of the Old Mint will soon end. In fact, no authoritative decision on the issue has been made. While SFMHS did receive a letter from a City official indicating that the City was exploring a new development partner, only a vote of the Board of Supervisors can determine who that development partner will be. Read more...
FlipSide, a part of The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, was founded to engage a younger generation of San Francisco history enthusiasts. Through awareness, the ultimate goal is to help foster the creation and ongoing operation of a world class museum in San Francisco’s Old Mint. This National Historic Landmark at Fifth and Mission Streets will be transformed into the San Francisco Museum at the Mint where visitors can experience the stories that shaped San Francisco through state-of-the-art interactive exhibits. All FlipSide events benefit the museum project and include exclusive parties at The Old Mint, Historic Bar Crawls, Lectures, etc.
Victorian Alliance Awards $14,500 Grant to SFMHS
Our heartfelt thanks to the Victorian Alliance for their recent award to SFMHS. Their generous grant will be used to repaint the Office of the Assistant Treasurer and the Office of the Mint, the two grand “counting” or “receiving” rooms located on the Main Floor of the Old Mint. Following in the footsteps of the 1970’s restoration, the color scheme will match the palette that were used in the 1870s, when the building was new. Often described as the most opulent rooms in the building, the Victorian Alliance’s thoughtful grant will allow visitors to the Old Mint to get a sense of these rooms as they were in the 1870s.
“San Francisco Bay” Map
We pleased to announce the availability of prints of new hand–drawn, hand–lettered fine art map entitled “San Francisco Bay.”
This creative map, designed by Xplorer Maps of Missoula, MT, takes you on a journey through time with stunning illustrated graphics and rich historical excerpts of the iconic architecture, renowned culture, historic neighborhoods and unique marine life of the region.
Intended to pay homage to the early cartographers, all Xplorer Maps are hand-drawn and lettered illustrations crafted by internationally renowned artist Chris Robitaille using his antique, old-world style. Exquisitely detailed elements commonly featured in antique maps can be found hidden throughout the artwork providing a timeless appeal for the resident and visitor alike to enjoy.
The map may be purchased online directly from Xplorer Maps. A limited number of copies are available for $25 (plus shipping & handling and applicable sales tax) by calling (415) 537-1105 x 100.
San Francisco Museum - A Work In Progress
The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society is undertaking the restoration of San Francisco's landmark Old Mint to house the future San Francisco Museum at the Mint. The Society is currently raising funds for the second phase of the project. Once the funding is in place, construction will begin, culminating in the grand opening of the Museum in three to five years. You can learn more about the project at the San Francisco Museum website.