Online History Adventures
Don’t Stay Home Without Them
Dear SFHS Members and Friends,
COVID-19 has altered the rhythm of life in San Francisco in unprecedented ways. Events have been cancelled, people are sequestered in their homes, and social distancing is “the new normal.” What role can the San Francisco Historical Society play in keeping not only the history community, but all members of our community, connected and engaged? We have created our Online History Adventures programs to support our community with diverse programming that is sure to educate and entertain.
Best experienced in Enjoy more than eleven hours of SFHS Presentations from our SFHS YouTube channel – pre-loaded to play continuously in the window below! Full-Screen mode using the lower right corner icon (on an iPad, you can also double-tap on the player to activate this mode).
Beginning the week of March 23, 2020, we began making our upcoming presentations available in digital format on our website. The first presentation,
presented by Thom Jackson, launched on March 26. On April 3, we presented our first “A Romp Into Gold Rush History” . On April 10, we introduced SFHS Movie Night . On April 14th we have posted the latest Tuesday Night Program presentation, Golden Gate Park – Photographs by Ron Henggeler . On April 23rd we published the Sutro’s Glass Palace, with John Martini as an online magazine (PDF, 23 MB download). On May 1st we premiered another 2019 Fracchia Prize Winners Essays and on may 8th we added SFHS Movie Night – an iOS and Android app. On May 12th, we introduced fifth-generation San Franciscan Peter Devine’s monthly Program presentation Bohemians, Beats and the Barbary Coast . The History of Saint Ignatius Church
On May 22, we introduced
– a special edition of ARGONAUT. On June 5th, we added a short film about the San Francisco at Play! . On June 9th SFHS Board Member Chris O’Sullivan presented Englander House , our latest monthly Program. On June 19 we introduced another iOS and Android app: Bret Harte’s Gold Rush On July 8th, we added . Secrets of Chinatown . Our July monthly Program is San Francisco Pride – Photographs by Ron Henggeler by local author Anne Evers Hitz. “San Francisco’s Lost Department Stores”
We recently launched our first podcast:
, with SFHS Board President John Briscoe. For our latest Adventure, join Dr. Mike Robinson for his presentation on the History of San Francisco Restaurants and Cuisine . 5-Plate Panorama of San Francisco taken by Sterling C. McIntyre in 1851
San Francisco historian Gloria Lenhart discusses
, early SF photographer. Composer and music educator Don Robertson recounts the work of Arnold Genthe . Author Jim Schein discusses his book San Francisco Music and Culture (1965-1969) , and Lorri Ungaretti presents Gold Mountain, Big City Bernard Zakheim’s UCSF Toland Hall Murals
Jim Schein returns with a presentation on the
. For the November SFHS Monthly Program, Gloria Lenhart presents Topography of Early San Francisco ; the December program with Lorri Ungaretti discusses the Woodward’s Gardens . Author and SFHS Board President John Briscoe discusses his new book Crystal Palace with former Mechanics’ Institute Executive Director Ralph Lewin. Mike Weedall presents A Child’s Christmas in San Francisco for our January 2021 monthly program. The City by the Bay and the Trial of Tokyo Rose
In celebration of
Black History Month, our first offering is presented by Susan D. Anderson. Author and educator Crawford Killian discusses Revealing San Francisco’s 19th-Century Black History . Fred Jordan reminisces about Black Pioneers in Early San Francisco , Jesse Warr and Len Holmes host a Zoom meeting discussing The Harlem of the West: Supper Clubs of the Fillmore and Darrell Rogers talks about African American History in the First Century of California 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 . Chris Carlsson discusses America’s First Suffrage March and the San Francisco Women Who Led It , SF Women Workers and the right to vote , and Jill Klein shares Donaldina Cameron House pays tribute to its founder . the remarkable contributions of Clara Shortridge Foltz
PRESENTATIONS ARCHIVE – in order of most recent to first presented: In celebration of Women’s History Month
In celebration of
Black History Month
Author and SFHS Board President John Briscoe discusses his new book
with former Mechanics’ Institute A Child’s Christmas in San Francisco
Executive Director Ralph Lewin.
We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Fracchia Prize winners have been selected.
And the winners are…
Premiered May 1, 2020
SFHS Movie Night – Premiered April 3, 2020
We are committed to supporting our members and our community. The museum at 608 Commercial Street is temporarily closed, but SFHS staff and board of directors are working hard to continue our mission of telling the stories of our city in engaging ways.
Lana Costantini, Publishing / Education
San Francisco Historical Society