SFHS Presents: Online History Adventures
Don’t Stay Home Without Them

Beginning the week of March 23, we have delivered one Online History Adventure per week for members and friends.  The first presentation was “A Romp Into Gold Rush History” presented by Thom Jackson, followed by the first SFHS Movie Night. These presentations, free to our members and those on our mailing list, are intended to let history enthusiasts continue to explore San Francisco history in fun, creative ways despite COVID-19 restrictions. Our offerings fall into these categories:

  • Armchair History Adventures: Online presentations led by local historians and mobile history apps developed by Gloria Lenhart
  • SFHS Movie Nights: Short films about San Francisco and interviews with SFHS founder Charles Fracchia
  • From the SFHS Archives: Special themed editions of The Argonaut and Panorama
  • Online SF Trivia Nights hosted by The Big Quiz Thing: Our first Trivia Night on May 15 hosted 23 teams. The third Trivia Night is scheduled for September 11.

You can access all of our presentations here.

On May 26 we launched History As It Happens, a place for the people of San Francisco to record their experiences of COVID-19.

We hope you enjoy the SFHS Online History Adventures. Please share them widely. We will all get through this together!

Lana Costantini

The Argonaut

The Argonaut Jan/Feb 2019 - Cover

Download the complete list of all articles of The Argonaut by issue (1990-2020)

The Argonaut is the flagship publication of the San Francisco Historical Society. It began publication in 1990, with one issue per year. In 1994, The Argonaut expanded to two issues per year.

The publication has been enthusiastically praised by SFHS members for its design and for its well written, illustrated articles covering a wide diversity of topics dealing with San Francisco history. That feeling was echoed by the American Association of Museums, who awarded The Argonaut an honorable mention for design in 2009.

Articles for The Argonaut are written both by amateur historians with expertise on a subject and by professional historians writing on areas that they have extensively researched.

Many back issues of The Argonaut are still available for purchase. The cost is $10 each (plus postage and handling and sales tax, if applicable). Regrettably, we’re unable to offer electronic versions of previous issues due to copyright issues. We are currently revamping our online store to include the available issues, but the process is not yet complete. Please contact us at info@sfhistory.org or (415) 537-1105, extension 2 to check on availability.

* DOWNLOAD the complete list of Argonaut articles by issue (1990 -2020; PDF).

* NOW AVAILABLE: Digitized Versions of The Argonaut!


Panorama is the San Francisco Historical Society’s quarterly newsletter for members.

Panorama also serves to notify members of the ongoing activities of the organization, and to publicize the programs of other Bay Area historical organizations. In addition, Panorama contains short historical articles that increase members’ historical consciousness.

The printed Panorama is mailed quarterly to members. To receive your copy Join the Society today.

We are presenting three COVID-19 complimentary digital issues to all SFHS friends:

* Download the 2020 Q3 issue

SFHS Panorama 2020 Q3
* Download the 2020 Q2 issue

Panorama Q2-2020 - Online Version - cover


In addition to our regular publications, the San Francisco Historical Society offers several books for sale.

When the Water Came Up to Montgomery Street: San Francisco During the Gold Rush

The latest book by SFHS Founder and President Emeritus Charles A. Fracchia, is available exclusively through the San Francisco Historical Society.

The cost of the book is $35.00 $29.95 each, plus sales tax, shipping, and handling. Ten or more copies are $35.00 $24.95 each, plus sales tax, shipping, and handling.

You may purchase the book from our online store, or by calling 415-537-1105 ext. 0 during regular business hours.

The People of San Francisco: Lives of Accomplishment, Volume 2

The San Francisco Historical Society has the second of two collections of portraits of famous and not-so-famous San Franciscans by Elaine Badgley Arnoux.

The second collection includes eighty-four portraits, including former mayors George Christopher, Art Agnos, Frank Jordan, and Gavin Newsom; Senator Barbara Boxer, Mayor Ed Lee, philanthropists Dede Wilsey and Chuck Williams; basketball great Nate Thurmond; journalists Belva Davis, Don Sanchez, and Carl Nolte; and many more

The cost of the book is $20, which includes sales tax, plus shipping and handling.

You may purchase the book from our online store.

SF Urban Ore: MUNI

SF Urban Ore: MUNI

San Francisco Urban Ore: MUNI

Explore San Francisco’s hidden history along popular MUNI routes. Learn more.