SFHS war crimes presentation

Tuesday February 7 at 5 PM

Vanished San Francisco

Program: February 14 at 6:30 PM

SFHS Vanished SF book - Lorri Ungaretti

*** NEW DATE! ***

Saturday, February 18 at 11 AM


1906 Earthquake and Fire: Chinatown’s Devastation and Renewal

Walking Tour: February 18 at 11 AM

SF Earthquake 1906
2022 fracchia prize poster

Come take a Virtual Tour of our Museum

Virtual SFHS Museum Tour

WATCH: The Van Ness Temples of Culture
Celebrate 90 Years. Presented January 10.

The Van Ness Temples of Culture

Recorded December 1 at the SFHS Museum


California's War of Extermination Against American Indians

WATCH: Unspeakable Vice
with Shawn Sprockett, presented October 11.

WATCH: Yerba Buena Cove: A History of Smuggling
with Carlina Ospina. Presented September 13.

SFHS - erba Buena History of Smuggling

WATCH: The Long and Twisted Road of How San
Francisco Became San Francisco, with Angus Macfarlane.
Presented Tuesday, July 12.

SFHS July Program - The Road to Becoming SF

Early American Defenses of San Francisco
with John Martini. Presented Tuesday, June 14.

Early American Defenses of San Francisco

Thirsty in Early San Francisco:
A Very Localized Search for Water
Presented May 10

Thirsty in Early San Francisco: The Search for Water

The 1906 Earthquake and the People in Chinatown
Presented April 12

1906 earthquake

Reimagining Chinese American Women in
Early 20th Century San Francisco
Authors Julia Flynn Siler and Jasmin Darznik
Presented March 8

The Buried Ships in San Francisco
Presented February 8

Buried ship in SF


* Watch twenty hours of SFHS Presentations *

New Digital History Resources

Don't Stay Home Without Them!

historical SF harbor

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.

Our museum at 608 Commercial Street is now OPEN!
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Rent the Museum for private events!

2022 fracchia prize poster

SFHS Vanished SF book - Lorri Ungaretti

Vanished San Francisco

Tuesday, February 14 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm


Unspeakable Vice Walking Tour

Saturday, February 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Walking-tour-san-francisco-historical-society-barbary-coast-gold rush sunken ships

Gold Rush and Sunken Ships

Saturday, March 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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…