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!

SFHS Monthly Program!

Woodward's Gardens - SFHS Program

Watch the latest SFHS Online History Adventure!

Jim Schein - SFHS Presentation on Topography of Early SF

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
History of SF cuisine - John Briscoe

SFHS Podcast!


Now Online!

San Francisco Pride Parade

SFHS Program: "San Francisco's Lost Department Stores" - Presented by Anne Evers Hitz

San Francisco Pride Parade

Photographs by Ron Henggeler

San Francisco Pride Parade - Photographs by Ron Henggeler.

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.

PRESS RELEASE 10/28/20 San 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…

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.

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

City-Explorer SF - Barbary Coast

SFHS APP: Virtual Tour of the Barbary Coast

Friday, May 8 - Friday, December 25

SFHS Movie Night 5-1-20

SFHS Movie Night

Friday, May 1, 2020 - Friday, February 5, 2021

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

Program – Sutro’s Glass Palace

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - Tuesday, January 19, 2021


SFHS Movie Night

Friday, April 3, 2020 - Friday, January 8, 2021