Please Join Us for the Annual San Francisco Historical Society Awards Luncheon

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SFHS Awards Luncheon 2021


MONTHLY PROGRAMS

Chinese Telephone Exchange

WEAVING THE WEB: BUILDING SAN FRANCISCO’S COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURES

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 6:30 p.m.
SFHS Museum
608 Commercial Street

RICK PRELINGER

Rick Prelinger will use photos, news clips, ephemera, film, and audio to describe the development of telephones, radio, TV, and police and fire communications in San Francisco. This is not overly technical but is geared to lay people. This fascinating talk is filled with rich detail, including the “Human Telephone” woman at the PPIE.

Rick Prelinger is co-founder (with Megan Prelinger) of the Prelinger Library and Archives, which collects historical film and home movies and operates a private research library open to the public in San Francisco. He has been researching the history and social context of radio communications for many years.

*  To reserve your spot as an SFHS member please CLICK HERE.

*  To purchase a non-member ticket ($10, free for 13 and under) please CLICK HERE.

*  View online live stream during the event on YouTube: CLICK HERE TO WATCH STREAM.

*  Attend virtually using the ZOOM Meeting Link.


SF part of 1855 Colton California

EARLY MAPS OF SAN FRANCISCO WITH SELECT IMAGES

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 6:30 P.M.
San Francisco Historical Society Museum
608 Commercial Street

JIM SCHEIN

In this presentation map historian Jim Schein will share rare maps of San Francisco’s early days and describe how early settlers envisioned their city, mapped its features, and began to change the contours of the land to shape the city to come.

Jim Schein is a renowned collector of maps and fine prints. He and his wife Marti opened Schein & Schein in 2003 on Grant Avenue, in their North Beach neighborhood. After 18 years of being in business they recently let go of the North Beach location and have moved the primary business online.

*  To reserve your spot as an SFHS member please CLICK HERE.

*  To purchase a non-member ticket ($10, free for 13 and under) please CLICK HERE.

*  View online live stream during the event on YouTube: CLICK HERE TO WATCH STREAM.

*  Attend virtually using the ZOOM Meeting Link

Note: There is no meeting in December!



ADAF SFHS Flyer 2021-10-19

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DAF SFHS Flyer 2021-11-16

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In-Person Walking Tours

Our three revamped Barbary Coast Trail Walking Tours begin at the SFHS Museum, 608 Commercial Street. These walks explore “ground zero” of early San Francisco. Each tour is scheduled one time per month, October through December.
Barbary Coast Trail tours are free for members, $20 for non-members (under 13 is free), but you must register in advance. Limited to 15 people or less.

SFHS Members please RESERVE your spot for any tour: CLICK HERE!

Non-members please PURCHASE your tickets for any tour: CLICK HERE!

  • Secrets and Stories of San Francisco’s “Wall Street of the West”

    • 12:00–1:30 pm: Fri. Oct. 22, Fri. Nov. 18, Thur. Dec. 9
      (Formerly “The Birth of SF’s Financial District.”)
      Travel back in time to discover the stories and significance of the companies and people whose names adorn Financial District buildings. In addition to Silver Kings, the Big Four, and renowned bankers, this tour will introduce you to many others who “mined the miners” to create wealth beyond any normal imaginations.
      Tour guide: Len Holmes.
  • Gold Rush and Sunken Ships
    • Saturdays, 11:00–12:30: October 16, November 20, December 11
      Experience how San Francisco went from a trading village to a metropolis. You’ll learn about the hidden remains of sunken ships and artifacts from the Gold Rush.
      Tour guide: Thom Jackson
  • Barbary Coast and Jackson Square: Pleasure Seekers and Merry Makers
    • Fridays, 12:00–1:30: October 15, November 19, December 10
      Explore the beginnings of the “anything goes” city through its culture, food, and vice. Is it so different today?
      Tour guide: Carolyn Moniz.

Gold Rush Walks for Kids

Our trained guides offer free walking tours focused on the Gold Rush. (This walk directly addresses grade 4 social studies standards, but students in grades 3–6 are welcome to attend.) Walks are limited to 10 students; please call 415.537.1105 for more details.


Virtual Walking Tours

Tours of ‘Old Town’ SF
Not up for an in-person event yet? Give our new virtual walking tours a try. These walks also begin at 608 Commercial Street. You can download them for free on the App Store or Google Play. Search for “City Explorer San Francisco” and look for the walks with the SFHS logo. Or, scan the QR code with your smartphone or tablet.

SFHS Virtual Walking Tours


Virtual Tours Led by SF High School Students

Walking Tours of Golden Gate Park!
Walking tours of Golden Gate Park led by San Francisco high school students, the winners of the 2020 Fracchia Prize, are now available as mobile apps. Download the walks for free and start exploring “Everyone’s Park,” with freshly minted historians as your guide. Choose from:

  • “Botany and Horticulture: Symbols of Flourishing Against the Odds” by Winnie Quock, George Washington High School (1st Place Winner)
  • “Horticultural History: Learning About San Francisco’s Past Through the Garden Gems of the City’s Favorite Park” by Indigo Mudbhary, Lick-Wilmerding High School (2nd Place Winner)

* COMING SOON * “It’s a Ringer! One Perfect Day in Golden Gate Park” by 3rd Place Winner Luke Zeponni, Abraham Lincoln High School

SFHS Virtual Walking Tour - Golden Gate Park

*  Special thanks to SFHS Volunteer Gloria Lenhart for creating our mobile history apps. *