Special Event - December 1 at 5:30 PM

California's War of Extermination Against American Indians


Saturday, December 17 at 11 AM


Historical Essay/Multimedia Prize for High School Students

SFHS Fracchia Prize 2022

Come take a Virtual Tour of our Museum

Virtual SFHS Museum Tour


* Watch twenty hours of SFHS Presentations *

New Digital History Resources

Don't Stay Home Without Them!

historical SF harbor

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

Gold Rush and Comstock Lode Money
With David McCarthy. Presented January 11

Old SF mint coins

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!

SFHS Fracchia Prize 2022

California's War of Extermination Against American Indians

California’s War of Extermination Against American Indians

Thursday, December 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Unspeakable Vice Walking Tour

Saturday, December 17 @ 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…