Online History Adventures

California’s War of Extermination Against American Indians
Recorded Thursday, December 1 at the SFHS Museum

Enjoy more than twenty hours of SFHS Presentations from our SFHS YouTube channel – pre-loaded to play continuously in the window below! Best experienced in Full-Screen mode using the lower right corner icon (on an iPad, you can also double-tap on the player to activate this mode).



In celebration of Women’s History Month

SF Women Workers and the Right to Vote - SFHS

Clara Shortridge Foltz by Jill Klein - SFHS

Donaldina Cameron Tribute

San Francisco First Suffragette March

In celebration of Black History Month

Integrating SF Grocery stores

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

Harlem of the West - Fred Jordan

Black History in Early SF

Revealing SF Black History

SFHS Presentation - The Trial of Tokyo-Rose

Author and SFHS Board President John Briscoe discusses his new book
A Child’s Christmas in San Francisco with former Mechanics’ Institute
Executive Director Ralph Lewin.

SFGS Program - Crystal Palace Lorri Ungaretti

Woodward's Gardens - SFHS Program

Jim Schein - SFHS Presentation on Topography of Early SF

SFHS - Bernard Zakheim Program

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Fracchia Prize winners have been selected.
And the winners are…

2020 Fracchia Prize Winners - 1st Place Winner: Winnie Quock; 2nd Place Winner: Indigo Mudbhary; 3rd Place Winner: Luke Zepponi

Jim Schein, Author Gold Mountain, Big City

Psychedelic Daze - Don Robertson

Arnold Genthe - Photographer

5 Plate SF Panorama - taken by Sterling C. McIntyre in 1851

History of SF cuisine - John Briscoe

SFHS Program:

San Francisco Pride Parade - Photographs by Ron Henggeler.

SFHS App - Chinatown

Bret Harte's Gold Rush

Englander House SF

The Argonaut - SF at Play

The History of Saint Ignatius Church - Peter Devine

City-Explorer SF - Barbary Coast

SFHS Movie Night 5-1-20
Premiered May 1, 2020

2019 Fracchia Winners

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

Golden Gate Park photographs by Ron Henggeler

SFHS Movie Night – Premiered April 3, 2020

About SFHS Online Presentations

COVID-19 altered the rhythm of life in San Francisco in unprecedented ways. Events were cancelled, people were sequestered in their homes, and social distancing was “the new normal.” The San Francisco Historical Society helped connect and engage not only the history community, but all members of our community by launching our Online History Adventures series to support our community with diverse programming.

Beginning the week of March 23, 2020, we began making our upcoming presentations available in digital format on our website.  The first presentation, “A Romp Into Gold Rush History” presented by Thom Jackson, launched on March 26. On April 3, we presented our first SFHS Movie Night. On April 10, we introduced Golden Gate Park – Photographs by Ron Henggeler. On April 14th we have posted the latest Tuesday Night Program presentation, Sutro’s Glass Palace, with John Martini. On April 23rd we published the 2019 Fracchia Prize Winners Essays as an online magazine (PDF, 23 MB download). On May 1st we premiered another SFHS Movie Night and on may 8th we added Bohemians, Beats and the Barbary Coast – an iOS and Android app. On May 12th, we introduced fifth-generation San Franciscan Peter Devine’s monthly Program presentation The History of Saint Ignatius Church.

On May 22, we introduced San Francisco at Play! – a special edition of ARGONAUT. On June 5th, we added a short film about the Englander House. On June 9th SFHS Board Member Chris O’Sullivan presented Bret Harte’s Gold Rush, our latest monthly Program. On June 19 we introduced another iOS and Android app: Secrets of Chinatown. On July 8th, we added San Francisco Pride – Photographs by Ron Henggeler. Our July monthly Program is “San Francisco’s Lost Department Stores” by local author Anne Evers Hitz.

We recently launched our first podcast: History of San Francisco Restaurants and Cuisine, with SFHS Board President John Briscoe. For our latest Adventure, join Dr. Mike Robinson for his presentation on the 5-Plate Panorama of San Francisco taken by Sterling C. McIntyre in 1851.

San Francisco historian Gloria Lenhart discusses the work of Arnold Genthe, early SF photographer. Composer and music educator Don Robertson recounts San Francisco Music and Culture (1965-1969). Author Jim Schein discusses his book Gold Mountain, Big City, and Lorri Ungaretti presents Bernard Zakheim’s UCSF Toland Hall Murals

Jim Schein returns with a presentation on the Topography of Early San Francisco. For the November SFHS Monthly Program, Gloria Lenhart presents Woodward’s Gardens; the December program with Lorri Ungaretti discusses the Crystal Palace. Author and SFHS Board President John Briscoe discusses his new book A Child’s Christmas in San Francisco with former Mechanics’ Institute Executive Director Ralph Lewin. Mike Weedall presents The City by the Bay and the Trial of Tokyo Rose for our January 2021 monthly program.

In celebration of Black History Month, our first offering is Revealing San Francisco’s 19th-Century Black History presented by Susan D. Anderson. Author and educator Crawford Killian discusses Black Pioneers in Early San Francisco. Fred Jordan reminisces about The Harlem of the West: Supper Clubs of the Fillmore, Jesse Warr and Len Holmes host a Zoom meeting discussing African American History in the First Century of California  and Darrell Rogers talks about Integrating San Francisco’s Grocery Stores and Chain Stores, 1962-1964.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Evelyn Rose, Director of the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project presents America’s First Suffrage March and the San Francisco Women Who Led It. Chris Carlsson discusses SF Women Workers and the right to vote, Donaldina Cameron House pays tribute to its founder, and Jill Klein shares the remarkable contributions of Clara Shortridge Foltz.