Watch our January 11 program on YouTube!

Gold Rush and Comstock Lode Money - David McCarthy

Old SF mint coins

Come Visit Our New

Holiday History Tree!

SFHS holiday history tree

In-Person Walking Tours

Also Self-Guided Tours and Student-led Tours

Watch the recording on YouTube!

SFHS Program: A Romp Into Gold Rush History

SFHS Program Gold Rush YT

Remembering Charles Fracchia

August 10, 1937-July 21, 2021

Charles Fracchia

Come take a Virtual Tour of our Museum

Virtual SFHS Museum Tour


* Watch over eleven hours of SFHS Presentations *

New Digital History Resources

Don't Stay Home Without Them!

  *** Breaking News ***  


The Third Annual Kevin Starr Lecture
Friday, January 14, 2022 - POSTPONED

kevin starr

John Briscoe & Noah Griffin

A Child's Christmas in San Francisco

Read John Briscoe's delightful Christmas book!

A Childs Christmas in SF

Watch the SFHS October Program on YouTube!

Chinese Telephone Exchange

In celebration of Women's History Month!

Donaldina Cameron Tribute

In celebration of Women's History Month!

San Francisco Suffragette March

Watch SFHS Zoom presentation on YouTube

African American History in the First Century of California - with Jesse Warr and Len Holmes

In celebration of Black History Month!

Black History in Early San Francisco

In celebration of Black History Month!

Revealing SF Black History

Watch the January SFHS Monthly Program online

SFHS Presentation - The Trial of Tokyo-Rose

SFHS Monthly Program!

Woodward's Gardens - SFHS Program

Watch the SFHS Program on YouTube!

SFHS - Bernard Zakheim Program

San Francisco Music and Culture - 1965-1969

Psychedelic Daze - Don Robertson

San Francisco Pride Parade

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

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.

NEW – Rent the Museum for private events!


Buried ship in SF

Program – The Buried Ships in San Francisco

Tuesday, February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

White Devil's Daughter

Program – White Devil, American Daughter

Tuesday, February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Gold Rush Presentation

Program – A Romp Into Gold Rush History ONLINE!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - Sunday, September 11, 2022 @ 8:00 pm

Program – San Francisco’s Lost Department Stores

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - Friday, December 30, 2022

Bret Harte's Gold Rush

Program – Bret Harte’s Gold Rush

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - Tuesday, March 1, 2022

City-Explorer SF - Barbary Coast

SFHS APP: Virtual Tour of the Barbary Coast

Friday, May 8, 2020 - Thursday, December 1, 2022

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…