2018 Exhibitors

2018 Exhibitors

(Visit our list of this year's author appearances.)

Acción Latina

Acción Latina produces visual arts, literary arts and performing arts events throughout the year, publishes a free, biweekly, bilingual (Spanish/English) newspaper, and maintains an extensive archive that chronicles the Latino experience in San Francisco from the 1970s. http://www.accionlatina.org

Actions Past

Actions Past is an enthusiastic group of volunteer Living History Reenactors, dedicated to excellence in historical research, accurate costuming and first-person interpretation. We love to educate and entertain by introducing you, face-to-face, to fascinating characters from the past. https://www.facebook.com/ActionsPast/

African American Museum and Library at Oakland

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland is dedicated to the discovery, preservation, interpretation and sharing of historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations.

Alameda Museum

The Alameda Museum‘s mission is to accumulate, catalog, conserve, and display appropriate documents, photographs, objects, and artifacts relating to Alameda and its residents; to foster the preparation and publication of materials relating to Alameda history and Alameda residents; and to provide educational opportunities and experiences relating to Alameda history and Alameda residents.

American Bookbinders Museum

The mission of the American Bookbinders Museum is to tell the story of how books are made and why they’re important to all of us today. We do this by providing hands-on experiences for scholars, makers and passionate book lovers that furthers public understanding of the art and science of bookbinding.  

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) raises awareness of the experience of Immigration into America through the Pacific. AIISF collects and preserves the rich stories and personal journeys of thousands of immigrants, and shares them with visitors and everyone living in America through education initiatives and public programs. Angel Island Immigration Station reminds us of the complicated history of immigration in America. It serves as a symbol of our willingness to learn from our past to ensure that our nation keeps its promise of liberty and freedom. http://aiisf.org/

Art Deco Society of California

The Art Deco Society of California (ADSC) was founded in 1981 by architectural historian Michael Crowe and other preservationists in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are a not-for-profit [501(c)3] membership organization. Our goals are to increase public awareness of the Art Deco era through preservation and promotion of its art, architecture, music, design, and other forms of popular culture.Our activities take three main forms: Preservation: We research and document buildings and artifacts worthy of preservation and provide advice and assistance to Art Deco conservation efforts statewide.Art Deco Preservation Awards are presented annually to foster recognition of notable architectural examples and acknowledge the efforts of individuals in preserving the culture and artifacts of the period. Education: We keep the community informed of preservation issues and the culture of the era through various media, lectures and programs. Celebration: Equally important is bringing the fun and elegance of Art Deco alive. We sponsor and promote activities that revive the delights of this wonderful era. http://www.artdecosociety.org/

Bernal History Project

The Bernal History Project researches and records the history of San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood. http://www.bernalhistoryproject.org

Bill Doggett Productions

Bill Doggett Productions is a multifaceted California based startup focused in enriching educational outreach for Communities of Color and Incarceration through presentations that teach history and create dialogue. An archivist and historian with a notable performing arts and history archive, Doggett is a passionate lecturer/teacher offering creative multimedia lectures that blend Music and History with Media and Pop Culture with focus on how we see Race embodied in History and identify difference.  

Buffalo Soldiers of Northern California

The 10th Cavalry, Company G, Buffalo Soldiers of Northern California promotes and perpetuate the history, tradition, and outstanding contributions of the Ninth and Tenth Cavalry regiments toward the development and defense of the United States of America.  

California Genealogical Society and Library

The California Genealogical Society and Library (CGS) helps people trace and compile their family histories. The Society maintains a library, gathers and preserves vital records, disseminates information through its publications and Internet access, and teaches genealogical research methods through meetings, seminars and workshops. Organized in San Francisco on February 12, 1898, CGS is one of the premier genealogical resources in Northern California. The Library is rich in genealogy reference materials, both standard and unique, covering people and places in California and the rest of the country. The Society offers research services, online one-of-a-kind genealogical indexes and databases, and a research library housing over 38,000 reference materials from California, the United States, and around the world.

California Historical Society

The California Historical Society was founded in 1871 to inspire and empower people to make California’s richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives. Our latest exhibition Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966-1971 presents the interdisciplinary workshops hosted by the architect Lawrence Halprin and his wife the avant-garde dancer Anna Halprin in San Francisco, Marin, and Sea Ranch. In the spirit of this exhibition, we will create our own San Francisco History Days score How did you arrive?. Learn about upcoming exhibitions, lectures, and events; meet CHS staff and volunteers; purchase one of our newest books; and discover our incredible collection.

California Preservation Foundation

The California Preservation Foundation is the statewide nonprofit organization that educates and advocates for the preservation of California’s diverse cultural and architectural heritage. https://californiapreservation.org

California Revealed

In partnership with over 200 libraries, archives and museums, California Revealed (formerly the California Audiovisual Preservation Project) provides digitization, preservation and access services for archival materials documenting state history. The California Light and Sound collection provides glimpses and whispers of our state’s rich heritage- there is much more to be mined and discovered. We must save our heritage before it is too late; archival materials are threatened by fragile physical condition, and audiovisual recordings in particular are threatened by format obsolescence and the lack of playback equipment.    

Chinese Historical Society of America

The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the interpretation, promotion, and preservation of the social, cultural and political history and contributions of the Chinese in America. When founded in 1963, there were fewer than 250,000 people of Chinese descent living in the US and CHSA was a lone voice for the study and dissemination of the history of this segment of the US population. Today, as the number of Chinese in the US has risen to nearly 4 million, CHSA strives to be a responsible steward of the remarkable narrative of this rapidly growing and increasingly visible community. http://www.chsa.org

Colma Historical Association

The Colma Historical Association collects, preserves, and displays documents and artifacts and disseminates information relating to the history of the Town of Colma. http://www.colmahistory.org/

Corbett Heights Neighbors History Project

Corbett Heights Neighbors was formed in July 2004 for the purpose of providing a forum for the residents to discuss common issues and concerns, develop solutions, and guide the direction of the neighborhood. The goals of the organization are to beautify, maintain and improve the character of the neighborhood, protect historic architectural resources, ensure that new construction/development is compatible with the neighborhood, maintain its pocket parks, increase security, provide community outreach and an educational forum, and encourage friendly association among the neighbors.

Doggie Diner Heads

The mighty Dog Head engaged humanity first in ancient Egypt, turning up in the South Pacific a millennium later. After centuries of worship by Micronesia Islanders culminating in their exodus from Easter Island, the giant Doggie Diner Dog Heads eventually landed on the San Francisco peninsula, blending into the local culture by taking up residence atop poles at a local hamburger chain. In 1988, the Heads were adopted by the San Francisco Cacophony Society and became iconic symbols of worship for The First Church of the Last Laugh, eventually attaining beatification as The Holy Trinity of the Dominican Order by decree of Church Elder Bishop Joey. From that year on, the three sacred Dogs have blessed a great variety of local SF-East Bay functions by their ambulatory presence. They have also toured the United States coast to coast. The Steward of the Great Dogs, Deacon Melmoth (John Law), routinely drives the massive trailer upon which the Holy Dogs are ensconced to a great variety of meritorious local history events.

Emperor’s Bridge Campaign

The Emperor’s Bridge Campaign is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that works to honor the life and advance the legacy of the 19th-century San Francisco eccentric and visionary known as Emperor Norton (c.1818 – 1880). Our mission includes historical and cultural research and documentation; public education; cultural visioning; and advocacy.

Environmental Design Archives

The Environmental Design Archives is committed to raising awareness of the significant architectural and landscape heritage of Northern California and beyond through collecting, preserving, and providing access to the primary records of the built environment of the region and landscaped environment of the world. The work of many of the San Francisco Bay Region’s historically significant architects and landscape architects are represented in the collections of more than 200 architects and design firms. These collections contain drawings, plans, specifications, photographs, audio-tapes, personal papers, business records, furniture, art, models, and artifacts. The Environmental Design Archives provides primary source material for scholarly research, teaching support, preservation, and public service, and actively encourages and promotes the use of its collections.

French Mutual Benevolent Society

The French Mutual Benevolent Society began when sailing ships were the fastest way to travel and the streets of San Francisco were still unpaved. The founders of La Societe, related to today’s societaires by spirit and sometimes by blood, formed the first Health Maintenance Organization in America, and built California’s foremost medical institution of the early 20th century. Our mission is to carry forward the philanthropic vision in which our organization was founded in 1851, and to advocate French Heritage on our soil. We are a 501c(3) nonprofit.

Friends of Civil War Alcatraz

Friends of Civil War Alcatraz is a California nonprofit that operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including but not limited to:   Providing support to the National Park Service on Alcatraz Island, California. Assisting the National Park Service on Alcatraz Island with educating the general public concerning the Civil War Experience (circa 1861-1865) on Alcatraz Island and in Northern California through living history programs. Cooperating with the National Park Service on Alcatraz Island in accomplishing educational, interpretive, conservation, research, planning, and park improvement projects.  

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

The GLBT Historical Society collects, preserves and interprets the history of GLBT people and the communities that support them. Founded in 1985, we are recognized internationally as a leader in the field of GLBT public history. The GLBT Historical Society is a registered 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization. http://www.glbthistory.org/

Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project

The neighborhoods of Glen Park, Glen Canyon, Sunnyside, Fairmount Heights, and Diamond Heights, located immediately south of Twin Peaks in San Francisco, have rich and diverse histories at risk of being forgotten with the passage of time and generations. The Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project works to rediscover our forgotten histories, document our living histories, and share our histories with others to help preserve these histories for this and future generations. www.GlenParkHistory.org

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

The Golden Gate NRA holds one of the largest collections in the National Park Service with a total of nearly 6.5 million items in four disciplines: Archives, Archaeology, History, and Natural History. Materials document the San Francisco Bay Area's extensive history on both sides of the Golden Gate Strait from the early prehistory of native tribes, through the military presence of three different nations, to the events and decisions that shaped the culture of San Francisco and its surrounding areas. The http://www.nps.gov/goga/index.htm

Guardians of the City

The mission of the Guardians of the City Museum and Safety Learning Center is to celebrate the lives, history and service of the City and County of San Francisco first responders of the Fire, Police, Sheriff and Emergency Medical Departments. The Guardians of the City provides the stewardship and preservation of the collection of irreplaceable artifacts from these departments. Our museum’s collection is frequently exhibited at civic events. Apparatus is displayed and paraded using the historical techniques to produce a living history museum. Our mission is to preserve the history and heritage of these city services for the benefit of the citizens of San Francisco and beyond.

Historic Preservation Fund Committee

The objective of the San Francisco Historic Preservation Fund Committee is the longterm retention and conservation of historic structures and features located within the City and County of San Francisco or under its control. To accomplish this objective, the HPFC considers and recommends funding requests for projects that further this objective in a substantial way.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Yerba Buena Lodge No. 15

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows was formed in San Francisco in 1849, even before California became a state. The Odd Fellows are a fraternal nonprofit organization which seeks to help the community by, among other things, supporting local artists, as well as by establishing homes for seniors and children throughout the Bay Area. https://www.facebook.com/Yerba-Buena-Lodge-No-15-Odd-Fellows-254450707933239/

Institute for Historical Study

The Institute for Historical Study is an active, independent community of researchers, writers, and artists. Our common bond is a devotion to history in its many forms. Through wide-ranging programs, we share research, ideas, and practical advice and provide a public forum for the discussion of history. We encourage both independent scholars and historians in academic and other institutions to join, and we offer numerous membership benefits. http://www.instituteforhistoricalstudy.org

Irish Hill, The Potrero’s Lost Neighborhood

Irish Hill was a neighborhood that literally disappeared. Located between today's Dogpatch and Pier 70, this ten-square block neighborhood was populated from 1867 until 1923. Most of its residents were single men, many of them Irish, that were employed in the adjacent shipbuilding industries, like the Union Iron Works. The neighborhood's reputation for drunken debauchery and crime was well known in late-19th century San Francisco. Boarding houses, hotels, and many saloons fueled Irish Hill's reputation as a rowdy, dangerous place to be, day or night.Very little has been known about this working-class neighborhood. For three years, Steven Fidel Herraiz has researched Irish Hill, a ghost town whose residents, buildings, streets, and original topography no longer exist. Through rarely-seen photographs, historic newspaper articles, and artifacts, he tells the story of this dynamic neighborhood, whose demise in the early 20th century was brought on by the very industries that created it.

Labor Archives and Research Center

The Labor Archives and Research Center preserves the rich, lively labor history of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Center collects union records, personal papers, scrapbooks, photographs, posters, oral histories, film, video, and artifacts documenting local working people and labor organizations. Founded in 1985 by trade union leaders, historians, and university administrators, the Labor Archives is a unit of the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University.


LaborFest was established in 1994 to institutionalize the history and culture of working people in an annual labor cultural, film and arts festival. It begins every July 5th, which is the anniversary of the 1934 “Bloody Thursday” event. On that day, two workers Howard Sperry and Nick Bordoise were shot and killed in San Francisco. They were supporting the longshoremen and maritime workers strike. This incident brought about the San Francisco General Strike which shut down the entire city and led to hundreds of thousands of workers joining the trade union movement.The Organizing committee of LaborFest is composed of unionists and unorganized workers, cultural workers and supporters of labor education and history. We encourage all unions not only to support us with endorsements and contributions but also to include activities about their own union members, their history and the work that they do.We support the establishment of LaborFests around the country and internationally. There are now LaborFests in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, every December. Laborfests have also taken place in Buenos Aires, Argentina and El Alto, Bolivia. In April of this year, the first LaborFest in Capetown, South Africa took place. In May, there were LaborFests in Istanbul and Ankara,...

Market Street Railway

Preserving and promoting San Francisco’s transportation history through our museum, our website, our advocacy and our educational programs. “We keep San Francisco vintage streetcars on track” http://www.streetcar.org

Mechanics’ Institute

The Mechanics\' Institute is a leading cultural center that includes a vibrant library, a world-renowned chess program and a full calendar of engaging cultural events. Founded in 1854 to serve the educational and social needs of mechanics — artisans, craftsmen, and inventors — and their families, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker. We are located in our 9-story landmark building in the Financial District of San Francisco at 57 Post Street. http://www.milibrary.org

Museo Italo Americano

The mission of the Museo Italo Americano is twofold: to research, collect, and display works of Italian and Italian-American artists, and to promote educational programs for the appreciation of Italian art and culture, thereby preserving the heritage of Italian-Americans for future generations.

Museum of Craft and Design

The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) is San Francisco’s only museum devoted exclusively to modern and contemporary craft and design. Founded in 2004, MCD showcases designers, makers and artists through an exciting and distinctive series of craft and design-focused exhibitions and public programs. As a non-collecting institution, the museum actively collaborates with artists, designers, museums and universities, as well as design venues and practitioners to create inspirational experiences in the world of craft and design for visitors of all ages. http://sfmcd.org/

National Japanese American Historical Society

The National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, authentic interpretation, and sharing of historical information of the Japanese American experience for the diverse broader national community. https://www.njahs.org/

Native Daughters of the Golden West

The Order of the Native Daughters of the Golden West is a fraternal and patriotic organization founded on the principles of Love of Home, Devotion to the Flag, Veneration of the Pioneers, Faith in the Existence of God. Love of California is evident in the Order’s unceasing efforts to promote the study of her romantic history and reverence for the memory of the sturdy Pioneer Fathers and Mothers, the founders of our great state. The mission of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, as one of the oldest associations of diverse California born leaders, is to preserve California’s history and better the quality of life through active participation in education and community service. http://www.ndgw.org/

Native Sons Of the Golden West

In Friendship, Loyalty and Charity … The primary mission of the Native Sons of the Golden West is to preserve the spirit of the “Days of’ 49” and the history of California. But the Native Sons of the Golden West are much more than that. The events, functions and activities that our Order participates in are as varied and diverse as our great state and those who call it home. http://www.nsgw.org

Nature in the City

Inspiring San Francisco to discover local nature. Join us as we celebrate the abundance of nature and unique ecosystems found right at our doorstep, orienting the audience to a sense of time and place. The Nature in the City Map team will present the making of our latest San Francisco local nature map. Telling the stories of earth-shaking forces, charismatic species, and changing urban habitats, the Nature in the City map is as beautiful as it is informative. Our team will relay the choices behind the map’s environmental content woven together with original artwork by Jane Kim, design by Leah Elamin, and text by Mary Ellen Hannibal.

Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum & Edison Theater

The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is more than a repository of photographs, posters, books and artifacts. It is a resource for all facets of silent filmmaking, from their planning and production to their presentation. The Museum offers a way to rediscover America’s movie pioneers, and see their remarkable work in an authentic setting – a theater where Charlie Chaplin and Broncho Billy Anderson saw themselves and their contemporaries on the screen. This museum keeps the spirit of silent films alive.

November Fire

Strephon Taylor is an artist and musician who has been producing movies since 2010 through his own company, November Fire Recordings. His previous release, “Jack Pierce, The Maker of Monsters,”” recognizes the life and accomplishments of the oft-forgotten creator of the famous Frankenstein, Mummy, and Wolfman makeups and is the latest of his features celebrating the sci-fi and horror genres. One series of his documentaries was done in conjunction with local filmmaker Tom Wyrsch and highlights Lands End features in San Francisco: “Remembering Playland,” “Sutro’s: The Palace at Lands End,” and “The Cliff House and Sutro Heights.” Throughout the creation of these movies he has cultivated his fondness for local lore and he shared wacky, spooky tales of San Francisco as a character on KOFY TV20. In “San Francisco Cable Cars,” he makes the fascinating history and engineering of this icon available to the public. http://www.novemberfire.com


OpenSFHistory.org is a program created by the nonprofit organization, Western Neighborhoods Project, to share historical images of San Francisco. Primarily from one collector who wishes to remain anonymous, the collection may be the greatest in private hands, amounting to over 100,000 negatives and prints. http://opensfhistory.org/

Pacifica Historical Society

The primary mission of the Pacifica Coastside Museum is to share the history and heritage of the City of Pacifica and our unique coastal environment with the general public through cultural exhibits, archives and educational programming. The museum will collect, preserve, and present artifacts and information of specific relevance to our area and act as a community resource for the study, appreciation and enjoyment of its collections. http://www.pacificahistory.org

Pardee Home Historical Museum

The Pardee Home, including its carriage house and water tower, is a centerpiece of Oakland’s Preservation Park Historic District, within a short walking distance of such downtown landmarks as Old Oakland, City Hall, and Preservation Park. Our mission is to preserve and interpret the historic 1868 Italianate villa Pardee residence, including its gardens and collections for the education and enjoyment of the citizens of Oakland and the greater Bay Area, and for visitors from throughout the nation and world. http://www.pardeehome.org

Passport to Adventure – Fremont Museum Group

Become a Passport to Adventure Historian The Tri-City area of Fremont is rich in local history that is a part of the larger history of California. This land was populated by prehistoric animals, settled by Native Americans (Ohlone), claimed by the Spanish, ruled by Mexico, then became a part of the United States. We saw new immigrants build towns, changes in agriculture, the expansion of transportation and industry, population increases and demographic changes. We encourage all ages to learn about this unique and exciting history.We are one of nine local history organizations that came together to create the Passport to Adventure Program. To begin visit any one of the nine sites to pick up your passport postcard and have it punched at each location. After you have visited all nine historic sites you will receive a personalized certificate of completion and will become a “Passport to Adventure Historian”. Passport postcards are available at all of the participating locations listed below. Let the adventures begin! Children’s Natural History Museum Niles Canyon Railway Niles Depot Historical Foundation Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum Old Mission San Jose Olive Hyde Art Center Shinn House Patterson House at Ardenwood Historic Farm Washington Township Museum of...

Planet Drum Foundation

Planet Drum Foundation’s mission is to promote, encourage, and educate residents about ecologically sustainable living within one’s bioregion: a local geographic area of interconnected natural systems and their characteristics. Planet Drum’s bioregional approach includes both the ecological and human-cultural aspects of a place in determining appropriate actions for a sustainable future.    

Potrero Hill Archives Project

The Potrero Hill Archives Project began in 1986 collecting oral histories of long-time residents, historic photos and really anything connected to Potrero Hill history. We hold a History Night each Fall and have written two Arcadia books on Hill history. An Arcadia book on Dogpatch is in the works. http://potreroarchives.com

Presidio Historical Association

The Presidio Historical Association is an organization first formed in the 1960’s to save Fort Point. It  subsequently created the Presidio History Museum in the old hospital, a facility which was closed down by the Park Service when the Presidio was made a park.  When Fort Point was taken over by the Park Service, we changed our focus to historic preservation in the Presidio, advocating for the interpretation of history, and other issues surrounding the transformation of the Presidio into a park.  In addition to advocacy, we sponsor lectures, events and even fun evenings designed to celebrate and illuminate the history of the Presidio. Our mission is to promote understanding and preservation of the history of the Presidio of San Francisco as reflected in its stories, structures, sites and people. http://presidioassociation.org/

Presidio Trust

The Presidio is where San Francisco began. Founded at the Golden Gate in 1776, it served as a military fort under the flags of Spain, Mexico and the United States before it became a new kind of national park in 1994. History here isn’t stuffy and stolid – it’s a living, evolving journey that can be explored through countless events and experiences. And history is still being made at the Presidio through the park’s remarkable and ongoing transformation. From 1998 to 2013, the Presidio Trust was focused on a big but bounded challenge: revitalizing and repurposing the Presidio while becoming financially self-sustaining as mandated by Congress. With that mission achieved, we now have a singular opportunity to build on the Presidio’s character to create an inspired public place for our generation and those that follow. If the last two decades have been largely about saving the Presidio, the next two decades are about sharing it. http://www.presidio.gov

Presidio Trust: Heritage Programs

The Heritage Program reveals and elevates the Presidio, encouraging people to connect more deeply with our shared heritage. We aim to: involve people in the unfolding story of the Presidio; connect the Presidio to the larger American experience; share knowledge about this national historic landmark; and build relationships with new and diverse communities.

Rock Poster Society

The Rock Poster Society was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1998 by a small, all-volunteer group of rock poster collectors, artists, and dealers. Though their interests ranged from psychedelic Fillmore and Avalon posters to punk flyers to contemporary silkscreens, they shared an overriding love of rock-poster art. From the beginning, the group’s mission has been to generate interest and public awareness about rock-poster art; act as a hub of information and resources; encourage the free exchange of critical archival advice and counsel; explore the history and folk lore surrounding these vibrant works; host public events and exhibits; and aid artists in need though its Artist Relief Trust.

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society

The San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development, preservation, and distribution of Jewish genealogical knowledge and material, and the sharing of techniques and tools with others researching their Jewish roots. Our Mission: To encourage Jewish genealogical and family historical research To promote and assist in the development and preservation of, and access to, Jewish genealogical records and resource material To instruct its members and the general public in genealogical research techniques and inform them as to the availability of research materials To foster the careful documentation of family histories To encourage and assist in the study of Jewish history, geography, and culture  

San Francisco Bay Area Post Card Club

The mission of the SFBAPCC is to foster postcard collecting in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area and the world. We hold monthly meetings at which our members and visitors can meet other collectors, find postcards, and learn about collecting postcards. We publish a newsletter to share information and a club roster to help our members contact each other about their collecting interests. The San Francisco Bay Area Post Card Club will be displaying vintage postcards of points of interest in San Francisco, ranging from the 1890s to the 1960s. www.postcard.org

San Francisco Black Film Festival

SAN FRANCISCO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL’s mission is to celebrate African American cinema and the African cultural Diaspora and to showcase a diverse collection of films – from emerging and established filmmakers. This is accomplished by presenting Black films, which reinforce positive images and dispel negative stereotypes, and providing film artists from the Bay Area in particular and around the world in general, a forum for their work to be viewed and discussed. SFBFF believes film can lead to a better understanding of and communication between, peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while simultaneously serving as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times. An early proponent of the global perspective, the festival has always been ahead of its time. Long before popular culture paid lip service to ‘going global’, we were walking the walk, presenting global motifs and topics from filmmakers around the world.

San Francisco Cable Car Museum

The Friends of the Cable Car Museum is nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of cable car history.The Friends of the Cable Car Museum is nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of cable car history.Our goals are to continue to enhance the museum exhibits and strive to raise the public's awareness of the importance of the cable car to San Francisco, by reaching beyond the walls of 1201 Mason Street. http://www.cablecarmuseum.org/

San Francisco City Guides

City Guides volunteers are serious about sharing the fun of discovering San Francisco and its neighborhoods. Our purpose is to preserve and perpetuate the history and folklore of San Francisco and celebrate its rich history of cultural diversity. And in the spirit of our primary sponsor, the San Francisco Public Library, we provide this service free of charge.

San Francisco Civil War Round Table

The San Francisco Civil War Round Table promotes a positive learning environment for those interested in the Civil War era. We meet on the third Thursday of most months at the United Irish Cultural Center. Topics we’ve discussed recently include the Gullah and Geechee people of the Carolinas and Georgia coast during the Civil War and immediately afterward; Jessie Benton Fremont and the cell of abolitionists that she led in the 1850s at Black Point; Emory Upton: Civil War Hero and Presidio Tragedy; burying the dead and clearing the battlefield after the destruction of battle during the Civil War.

San Francisco Ghost Sign Mapping Project

The San Francisco Ghost Sign Mapping Project is an interactive map, photo gallery, and walking tour series maintained by artist Kasey Smith. The project is dedicated to cataloguing and researching San Francisco’s historical hand painted signage.

San Francisco Heritage

For 45 years, San Francisco Heritage has been leading the civic discussion about the compatibility of rapid change with protecting our past. Heritage is a membership organization with a mission to preserve and enhance San Francisco’s unique architectural and cultural identity. This includes advocacy for historic resources, education programs, and tours and rental of the 1886 Haas-Lilienthal House. http://www.sfheritage.org/

San Francisco History Association

The San Francisco History Association is a group dedicated to remembering our City’s colorful past, and to celebrating its rich culture today. http://www.sanfranciscohistory.org

San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

The mission of the San Francisco History Center is to illuminate the founding, growth and development of the City by providing primary and secondary resources. The Center serves all library users and levels of interest, from the merely curious to those engaging in scholarly research. San Francisco History Center

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Through preservation and interpretation of historic ships, extensive museum collections, traditional maritime skills, and its San Francisco Bay setting, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park brings America’s maritime legacy to life and promotes the understanding and enjoyment of the nation’s West Coast maritime heritage. www.nps.gov/safr

San Francisco Maritime Park Association

The San Francisco Maritime National Park Association is a not-for-profit organization bringing maritime history to life through support of maritime preservation and education programs. www.maritime.org

San Francisco Museum and Historical Society

The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society (SFMHS) is dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and presenting the historical and cultural heritage of San Francisco through a broad spectrum of programs and special events, such as monthly lectures, sponsored history walks (including interpretive tours of the Barbary Coast Trail), and the publication of Panorama (quarterly newsletter) and The Argonaut (biannual SF history journal). http://sfhistory.org/

San Francisco Westerners Corral

Westerners International is committed to fun and scholarship in and about the American West. Westerners International was founded in 1944 and has over 60 corrals (or chapters) in the U.S., and 20 corrals abroad, with over 4,000 members around the globe. The San Francisco Corral was established in 1967. Members meet at Fior d’Italia on the fourth Tuesday of the month during January, February, March and April. In May, we have our annual outing, most usually on a Saturday. There is a summer break and then meetings continue on the fourth Tuesday for September and October. The final meeting of the year is the first Tuesday in December.

SF Planning Department

San Francisco Planning, under the direction of the Planning Commission, shapes the future of San Francisco and the region by: generating an extraordinary vision for the General Plan and in neighborhood plans; fostering exemplary design through planning controls; improving our surroundings through environmental analysis; preserving our unique heritage; encouraging a broad range of housing and a diverse job base; and enforcing the Planning Code. Our vision is to make San Francisco the world’s most livable urban place – environmentally, economically, socially and culturally.


SFgenealogy is a California non-profit organization whose primary purpose and highest priority is to provide FREE internet genealogical and historical information for San Francisco, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the State of California. http://www.sfgenealogy.com

SFMTA Photo Archive

The SFMTA Photo Archive holds in its collections tens of thousands of photographic images created by the SFMTA and its ancestor transit organizations, beginning in 1903 with the establishment of the United Railroads Company. The SFMTA Photo Archive preserves, cares for, and makes images accessible to support the work of the SFMTA, and to offer historic photographs as a resource for the public. http://sfmta.com/photo https://www.instagram.com/sfmtaphoto

Shaping San Francisco/Foundsf.org

Shaping San Francisco is a participatory community history project documenting and archiving overlooked stories and memories of San Francisco. Through a free Wednesday night Public Talk Series, Bicycle History Tours, and occasional Walking Tours, we offer opportunities for the public to come together and share ideas, inspiration, struggles, resources, and conversation. Our online archive, FoundSF.org is a place to discover and shape San Francisco history. http://www.shapingsf.org http://www.foundsf.org

Society for Aviation History

The Society for Aviation History is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of aviation history or any related activity through the preservation of past, present, and future aviation history, the preservation of aviation artifacts: be it literature, aircraft, or support items, and the continued education of the general public in aviation related matters. http://www.sfahistory.org

SOMA Pilipinas

SOMA Pilipinas will increase the visibility and celebrate the contributions of the Filipino community in SOMA, San Francisco, and the greater Bay Area region. The group protects the numerous cultural assets and prevents the displacement of Filipino residents while improving the living conditions of the community. SOMA Pilipinas embodies the struggles and triumphs for equity and justice for Filipinos in their new homeland.

South San Francisco Historical Society

The aim of the South San Francisco Historical Society is to bring together those people interested in the history of our community. Understanding the history of South San Francisco is basic to our democratic way of life, gives us a better understanding of our state and nation, and helps us better to appreciate our American heritage.

South San Francisco Public Library: History Room

The South San Francisco Public Library History Collection is located at the Grand Library at 306 Walnut Avenue. The Grand Avenue Library is a historic Carnegie Library and is registered as a historic landmark. The collection contains local yearbooks, memorabilia, newspaper issues and clippings, journals, government documents, maps, phone books, pamphlets, books, oral history tapes, and magazines. The history collection also contains thousands of photographs.

St. Cecilia Centennial Photo Archive

St. Cecilia Parish in the Parkside District celebrated its centenary during the 2016-2017 school year. A Centennial Photo Archive was developed to centralize the parish’s photos, with the primary intention of creating a rotating series of Archive displays throughout the centennial year, as well as to provide images for a Parish History book and calendar. In addition to organizing existing photos on-site at the school and Rectory, we hosted monthly scanning sessions after Mass to crowdsource photos from our parishioners. We also collected photos via email and Dropbox and developed a custom database of 2,200 images. During the Centennial Year, we produced 8 different displays – divided into eras by pastor by pastor – with 200-300 photos per exhibit. These displays have only been shown privately on-site at St. Cecilia’s: this is the first time our Centennial Archive has been publicly shown. The exhibit on display at S.F. History Days represents the final “all 100 years” timeline that was produced for the final Celebration of the Centennial year.

St. Mary’s Park Improvement Club

St. Mary’s Park Improvement Club is a residential neighborhood organization. It was organized in 1941 to preserve St. Mary’s Park heritage. It’s purpose is to promote public improvements, maintenance and safety in St. Mary’s Park, and to foster community spirit, for the benefit of present and future generations. http://www.stmaryspark.org

Stacey Carter

Stacey Carter’s artwork serves as a visual document of the surrounding urban environment. Her multi-media compositions are based on photographs that are transformed by use of skilled printmaking technique combined with loose expressionistic hand painting. Layered and compositionally rich, her art is a study of how experiences define one’s environment, an acknowledgement of what has passed and its importance to the present. Her work tends to “freeze time,” making a platform for individual histories to be recalled and shared once more.

Sutro Library – California State Library

The California State Library, a California public research institution, provides its customers with the accurate, up-to-date information they need to do their jobs easily, quickly, and confidently. Whether you are an elected official, a state employee, a representative of one of California’s libraries, a person with special reading needs or a member of the general public, the California State Library is here for you. Our staff, including librarians, researchers, and consultants are at your service. The Sutro Library is a two-part library specializing in genealogy and family history for the 49 states other than California. We also house a rich archive of research materials with primary documents that range from British politics and culture from the 1500s-1800s, to the establishment of the Mexican Republic. http://www.library.ca.gov/about/sutro_main.html

Swanton Pacific Railroad Society

The Swanton Pacific Railroad is a volunteer-run railroad that restores, maintains, and runs the steam locomotives from the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE). One of these locomotives is on display in the lobby of the California State Railroad Museum. The railroad and the 3200-acre Swanton Pacific Ranch in Davenport (65 miles south of San Francisco) were donated to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 1993, by Al Smith, second president of Orchard Supply Hardware. http://sprr.calpoly.edu/

Tenderloin Museum

The Tenderloin Museum celebrates the rich history of one of San Francisco’s oldest and most unique neighborhoods. Named one of the ten best new museums in the world by The Guardian, the museum’s unique collection along with the Neighborhood Walking Tours and dynamic evening programming are a pivotal addition to neighborhood, to visitors, and to the San Francisco art and history community. The Tenderloin Museum celebrates the rich history of a neighborhood in the heart of San Francisco. The 31 blocks of the Tenderloin District are the last bastion of a San Francisco that once was, peopled by immigrants and iconoclasts, artists and activists, sinners and saints. Visit the Tenderloin Museum today and discover the city they don’t show you in postcards. http://www.tenderloinmuseum.org

The Greenhouse Project/Portola District

The Greenhouse Project supports Portola residents in their efforts to develop community assets that cultivate the neighborhood’s identity as the Garden District of San Francisco. We promote urban agriculture and the creation of public green spaces, focusing on revitalizing the Portola’s last nursery – 770 Woolsey Street – as an active urban farm.


We lead nerdy explorations for San Franciscans, focused on how the city came to be what it is from the natural systems that came before. Our main projects are custom walks and Seep City water history mapping. Seep City and Thinkwalks are projects of Joel Pomerantz, co-founder of all sorts of mural art and bike transportation stuff and member of the local community of natural history educators. He's also on the Awesome Foundation board. http://www.thinkwalks.org

Time Machine Tours

Time Machine Tours offers unique San Francisco experiences: two trips into San Francisco history with Emperor Norton’s Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine, and two culinary adventures with San Francisco Food Safari, and a bawdy trip through the Barbary Coast and Chinatown with the Countess Lola Montez via Drag Me Along Tours. Emperor Norton\'s Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine is a lively, informative, and entertaining walking tour of historic San Francisco led by Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.Emperor Norton\'s Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine departs Thursdays & Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. from Union Square (meet under the Dewey Monument statue and covers the history of downtown, the financial district, the Barbary Coast and Chinatown. Emperor Norton’s Fantastic Waterfront Time Machine tells the tales of the waterfront and meets every Sunday at 11 a.m. in front of the Ferry Building. On San Francisco Food Safari, Chef Joseph offers his knowledge and insights as guests scout out the best of each neighborhood\'s food scene. Pick up culinary treasures along the way to enjoy afterwards. Both tours include a voluminous printed guide. Culinary Gems of North Beach is every Friday at 11 a.m., departing from Washington Square.Scout out North...

Treasure Island Museum

The Treasure Island Museum engages visitors and island residents with Treasure Island’s rich cultural legacy, the natural wealth of Yerba Buena Island, and the islands’ forthcoming sustainable development, to explore innovative solutions to the challenges of living in harmony with our environment. http://www.treasureislandmuseum.org/

United Irish Cultural Center

The aim of the United Irish Cultural Center is to promote, foster, and preserve traditional values of Ireland in literature, art, music, folklore, language, drama, dancing, and sports. http://www.irishcentersf.org/

United States Mint

“The Congress shall have the Power . . . To coin Money.” — Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 8 When the framers of the U.S. Constitution created a new government for their untried Republic, they realized the critical need for a respected monetary system. Soon after the Constitution’s ratification, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton personally prepared plans for a national Mint. On April 2, 1792, Congress passed The Coinage Act, which created the Mint and authorized construction of a Mint building in the nation’s capital, Philadelphia. This was the first federal building erected under the Constitution. Since our institution’s founding in 1792, the men and women of the United States Mint have taken great pride in rendering the story of our nation in enduring examples of numismatic art. To hold a coin or medal produced by the U.S. Mint is to connect to the founding principles of our nation and the makings of our economy. Here and abroad, people cherish our products because they are stores of value as well as exquisite encapsulations of America’s ideals. In forms designed to be passed from hand to hand and saved from generation to generation, the coins we mint...

Visitacion Valley History Project

The Visitacion Valley History Project collects and preserves the history of San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood for this and future generations by collecting, preserving, and sharing photos, oral histories, and ephemera. https://www.facebook.com/visitacionvalleyhistoryproject/

Wells Fargo History Museum, San Francisco

Located at the site where Wells Fargo first opened for business in 1852, the museum tells the story of how Wells Fargo provided banking and express services to pioneers in Gold Rush San Francisco, along with showcasing the company’s history.

Western Neighborhoods Project

Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) was founded in 1999 to preserve and share the history and culture of San Francisco’s Western Neighborhoods. Through walks, talks, videos, podcasts, public events, community involvement, and an extensive web site, WNP tells the story of The Richmond, Sunset, Ingleside, and West of Twin Peaks neighborhoods. In 2015, WNP launched Open SF History (http://www.opensfhistory.org ) an online archive of historical images estimated at close to 100,000 that cover the entire city of San Francisco from the 1850s to 1980s. http://www.outsidelands.org https://www.facebook.com/outsidelands/ https://twitter.com/outsidelandz https://www.instagram.com/westernneighborhoods/

World War One Historical Association

The World War One Historical Association (WW1HA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting interest in the period of 1914-1918 and perpetuating the memory of all those who served their nations. WW1HA strives to build an awareness of the First World War and its profound and lasting effects through our print and digital publications, our regional chapters’ programs, battlefield tours, the annual Tomlinson Prize for the best new book on the period, and annual events that feature speakers from around the world.