Author and SFHS Board President John Briscoe

In Conversation with former Mechanics' Institute

Executive Director Ralph Lewin, Recorded December 17

This event is held in partnership with Mechanics' Institute

A Child's Christmas in San-Francisco, John Briscoe - SFHS

We are pleased to announce the

2020 Fracchia Prize winners!

2020 Fracchia Prize Winners - 1st Place Winner: Winnie Quock; 2nd Place Winner: Indigo Mudbhary; 3rd Place Winner: Luke Zepponi


New Digital History Resources

Don't Stay Home Without Them!

Watch the January SFHS Monthly Program online

SFHS Presentation - The Trial of Tokyo-Rose

Watch December's Program on YouTube

SFGS Program - Crystal Palace Lorri Ungaretti

Watch the latest SFHS Online History Adventure!

Jim Schein - SFHS Presentation on Topography of Early SF

SFHS Monthly Program!

Woodward's Gardens - SFHS Program

Watch the SFHS October Program on YouTube!

SFHS - Bernard Zakheim Program


Available Online

SFHS Panorama - Q4 - 2020

Watch this week's online history adventure on YouTube!

SFHS Presents Jim Schein - Author of Gold Mountain, Big City

San Francisco Music and Culture - 1965-1969

Psychedelic Daze - Don Robertson

See our latest Online History Adventure

Arnold Genthe - Photographer

Our latest Online History Adventure

5 Plate SF Panorama - taken by Sterling C. McIntyre in 1851

Welcome! The San Francisco Historical Society exists to uncover, preserve, and present,
in engaging ways, the colorful and diverse history of our city from its earliest days to the present.

Due to COVID-19 containment measures, The San Francisco Historical Society temporarily closed our Museum at 608 Commercial Street
starting Monday, March 16. The museum will be closed until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Press Release – 10/28/20San Francisco Historical Society Opposes Renaming Schools
In a letter to the Board of Education, dated October 29, 2020, the San Francisco Historical Society has
stated its opposition to the renaming of the city’s schools as proposed by the Names Advisory Committee
of the Board of Education as authorized in Board Resolution No. 184-10A1. More…

Program – San Francisco’s Lost Department Stores

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Bret Harte's Gold Rush

Program – Bret Harte’s Gold Rush

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - Tuesday, March 16, 2021

SFHS Movie Night 5-1-20

SFHS Movie Night

Friday, May 1, 2020 - Monday, May 31, 2021

Sutro's Glass House - by John Martini. Presented by SFHS

Program – Sutro’s Glass Palace

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - Tuesday, May 11, 2021


SFHS Movie Night

Friday, April 3, 2020 - Friday, April 30, 2021

SF Harbor

A Romp Into Gold Rush History

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - Monday, May 24, 2021