Annual SFHS Awards Luncheon


SFHS Awards Luncheon 2021

In-Person Walking Tours

Also Virtual 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!

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!

Harlem of the West - Clubs of Fillmore; SFHS Presentation

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

Author and SFHS Board President John Briscoe

In Conversation with former Mechanics' Institute

Executive Director Ralph Lewin, Recorded December 17

Event held in partnership with Mechanics' Institute

A Child's Christmas in San-Francisco, John Briscoe - SFHS
SFGS Program - Crystal Palace Lorri Ungaretti

Watch December's Program on YouTube

Watch the latest SFHS Online History Adventure!

Jim Schein - SFHS Presentation on Topography of Early SF

SFHS Monthly Program!

Woodward's Gardens - SFHS Program

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!


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 - Thursday, December 30, 2021

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 - Wednesday, December 1, 2021

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

Program – Sutro’s Glass Palace

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - Friday, December 31, 2021


SFHS Movie Night

Friday, April 3, 2020 @ 12:00 am - Friday, April 1, 2022 @ 11:59 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…