Organizations and Events

California Historical Society
The offical state historical society – located South of Market at 678 Mission Street.

Exhibit: The Life and Work of Mabel McKay
The Life and Work of Mabel McKay tells the story of a renowned basket weaver, healer, culture bearer, and inspiration.

Event: Spike Days at CHS 8/24/1911:00 AM
The ceremonial gold spike that was driven to join the Central Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads, connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco by rail and by extension attaching L.A. to the transcontinental railroad and the East Coast, will be on view during five special days throughout Overland to California.

Chinese Historical Society of America
The CHSA promotes the contributions and legacy of the Chinese in America through exhibitions, publications and programs. It is located at 965 Clay Street.

Programs: Enhance your trip to San Francisco Chinatown with one of our educational programs. These programs provide an in-depth exploration of the galleries at the Chinese Historical Society of America, while utilizing Chinatown as an educational learning space.

Online Education: Work of Giants: The Chinese and the Building of the First Transcontinental Railroad
This is the CHSA Museum’s page memorializing the efforts of the 12,000 Chinese laborers who worked on the Central Pacific portion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

Online Education: Earthquake: The Chinatown Story
The Rebirth of San Francisco Chinatown 1906-2006.

Historical Agencies and Museums

Cable Car Museum

California Historical Society

Chinese Historical Society of America

Found SF

Foundation for San Francisco’s Architectural Heritage

Gay and Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California

Golden Gate Railroad Museum 

Museum of the City of San Francisco (virtual museum)

Presidio Army Museum

Radio Heritage Foundation

San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive

San Francisco Fire Department Museum

San Francisco Historical Society

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and Museum

San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum

San Francisco Public Library History Center

San Francisco Westerners Corral

Wells Fargo History Museums


California Historical Societies and Museums

Chinese Historical Society of America and the Chinese American National Museum

Gold Rush History Alliance

San Francisco Architectural Heritage

San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society 

San Francisco History Club

San Francisco Historical Society

San Francisco Maritime National Park Association

San Francisco Preservation Society

Society of California Pioneers

Victorian Alliance of San Francisco

Western Neighborhoods Project