Monthly Program Venue Update
We're pleased to announce that the February 10 program will take place in our usual venue, the Old Mint.
Mayor’s Office Reverses Decision - Fifth Annual History Expo Allowed to Take Place at the Old Mint
The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society (SFMHS) has been informed by the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development that it has reversed its decision and the 5th Annual San Francisco History Expo may take place at the Old Mint on February 28 — March 1, 2015.
SFMHS expresses its sincere appreciation to the dozens of local and neighborhood Expo exhibitors and the hundreds of lovers of San Francisco history who raised their voices to inform the Mayor that they objected to the decision of his staff to prohibit the Expo at the Old Mint.
We can now once again look forward to the Old Mint alive with the wonderful exhibits presented by more than 55 local and neighborhood history organizations – all appreciated by the more than 3,500 history enthusiasts of all ages who come to enjoy the exhibits and their time in the “Granite Lady.” We look forward to seeing you on February 28 — March 1 at the Old Mint.
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 including “Our City Innovates”–the first in a series on San Francisco innovation and innovators. Read more…
Date: Sundays January 11 through February 15 (dates beyond February to be determined)
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.