Saturday Schedule of Events

SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM



Times and meeting place to be posted soon.


PRE-EVENT, 10 AM at The Hyde Street Pier

Join the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park rangers for a walk to San Francisco History Days at the Old Mint:

START: Hyde Street Pier,
END: SF History Days at the Old Mint, 5th and Mission Streets
As we walk to our destination, we will stop at several significant landmarks of women’s history along the way. Upon arrival, all are encouraged to take in the exhibits inside the Old Mint.



Presenting organization: San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park
Speaker: Ranger Peter Kasin
Chanteys were work songs used by merchant seamen, fishermen, oarsmen and longshoremen to set rhythm, lift spirits and ease the burden of monotonous and often back breaking jobs.The lyrics often tell compelling stories of storms, courage, fear, historical events, and longing for a better life. Participants are encouraged to sing along on the choruses, and bring their own chanteys to share.


San Francisco Cinema Rarities
Presenting organization: San Francisco Media Archive
Speaker: Stephen Parr
Rare archival and historic films shot in San Francisco featuring documentaries, travelogues, amateur films, news outtakes, commercials, curios, and much more. This one-of-a-kind program will be presented in 16 mm film with an introduction and Q&A.


Speaker: Catherine Herrera Watson, J.D.
Catherine Herrera shares her journey in uncovering her family history in San Francisco at the start of the City in the 1850s and the value of the Almaden Mine to the country and history of the U.S. Mint. She lays forward collaborative goals for archivists, genealogists, and researchers and local Ohlone people to facilitate access to records, genealogy, and local history. Part of the “Open Doors to a Healing” Project.


1 PM

The Avenue of Palms at the 1915 Panama Pacific International
Exposition (PPIE) in San Francisco

Presenting organization: Math Science Nucleus
Speaker: Joyce R. Blueford, Ph.D., Board President
The Panama Pacific International Exposition in 1915 held in San Francisco was a showcase of new technologies, from planes to agriculture.  Out of the rubble of the 1906 earthquake the Marina District was being rebuilt. Palms and many other full-grown trees from the California Nursery in Niles (Fremont) would make a fantastic journey on rail and barge to make the PPIE an event for the history books.


Cable Car & Rail Links in 19th Century San Francisco
Presenting organization: San Francisco Cable Car Museum
Speakers: Don Holmgren and Mike Phipps, Museum Directors
In the halcyon days of 19th Century San Francisco, cable track crisscrossed the City, connecting with large transportation hubs bustling with horse cars, steam trains, and electric cars. Historical photographs and maps take viewers back to an era when a variety of conveyances transported San Franciscans to distant venues like the beach, the Cliff House, and Golden Gate Park.


Speaker: Kim Shuck, MFA, poet and author
Weaver and beader of images and words, Shuck organizes a monthly poetry series at Adobe Books, and teaches studio art and Native short form lit. at California College of the Arts. She will read poetry from her various collections.


Presenting organization: Actions Past
Mark Twain Presents


2 PM

There Is No History without Family History
Speakers: Linda Harms Okazaki, California Genealogical Society;Janice M. Sellers, San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society; and Ron and Pam Filion, SFGenealogy
People create history and are affected by what happens in history around them.  Representatives from three local genealogy groups discuss ways you can find your ancestors and the stories about them, so you can place them in the historical context of the times in which they lived.  There will be some time at the end for questions.


WHY DO WE CALL IT THE MINT? (…and Everything Else You’d like to Know about the U.S. Mint and Money)
Speaker: Michael Levin, amateur numismatist and historian
A well-illustrated, but brief look at the history of the United States Mint, concentrating on its presence in San Francisco. The celebrated history of the Old Mint in particular is detailed.


3 PM

Looking Ahead: A New Partnership for the Old Mint
Presenting organization: California Historical Society, San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development
Speakers: Katherine Petrin, Architectural Historian; Jon Lau, SFOEWD; Anthea Hartig, PhD, California Historical Society
Join us to discuss the next chapter in the life of the Old Mint as the California Historical Society, the City’s lead cultural partner on the Old Mint Restoration Project, looks to the Granite Lady as its future headquarters, and a vibrant, sustainable place for history and culture for San Franciscans, all Californians and visitors to the Golden State.


A History of Golden Gate Park
Speaker: Glenn Lym, architect and amateur historian
A presentation of Lym’s film on Golden Gate Park, which shows more than a history of hard and inventive work to plant trees in a treeless, windswept environment. It is more than a history of the struggles of those who sought a bucolic park against those who had sought to locate massive building projects in a large convenient location. The construction of Golden Gate Park creates a myth of what San Francisco might be have been had the city never been built – its implied garden of Eden.


4 PM

The Monkey Ranch, or How a Forgotten Pleasuring Grounds Gave Glen Park Its Name!
Presenting organization: Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project
Speaker: Evelyn Rose
In the late 1890s, thousands of spectators would make their way to Glen Park, a zoo and pleasuring grounds in today’s Glen Canyon Park in San Francisco. During these Sunday excursions, visitors could view a menagerie of exotic animals and be entertained by death-defying aerial acts and an array of dazzling shows! Join us as we venture back to learn how and why a prominent realtor started it all.


Transformation: The Effects and Results of the 1934 Longshore, Maritime, and SF General Strike for San Francisco & the Bay Area
Presenting organization: LaborFest
Speakers: Steve Zeltzer and Dr. Robert Cherny, Professor emeritus of history at San Francisco State University
The 1934 San Francisco Longshore and General Strike as well as the west coast maritime strike had a radical effect on the lives of working people in San Francisco as well as throughout Northern California. Hundreds of thousands of workers joined unions including hotels, newspapers, hospital workers, and city workers in every part of the Bay Area. Together with the 1946 Oakland general strike, the speakers look at how these events changed the world and how they make the Bay Area different than many other areas of the United States.




The SFMTA Photo Archive presents: “100 Years on the J-Church”
Go back in time on the J-Church with an immersive slideshow of images. Travel through history on of one of Muni’s oldest lines, from its grand opening in 1917 to the present day. See historic vistas of Dolores Park, Church Street, Downtown, and Balboa Park through the years. (Run time: 8 minutes)

The California Audiovisual Preservation Project showcases the California Light and Sound Collection with “Reflections of Political Response in the Bay Area”
Since January 20th, the country has experienced an incredible rise in protest and political action on the part of citizens. While the change has felt sudden, many of the issues we are facing now are not new and neither is the response to them. This selection of film and video clips reflects a history of political organizing, revolutionary thinking and action in the Bay Area.

All-ages Craft Activity with the Museum of Craft and Design:
Meet in the old vaults to create Summer of Love inspired badges from vintage magazines, maps, and imagery. Then embellish with stickers, fringe, and rhinestones to add the perfect flair to your backpack, bell-bottoms, or motorcycle vest!

“Bridge Walkers: Sacred Sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond”
video documentary and installation, Catherine Herrera and Flor de Miel Media—Sweet Entertainment
“Bridge Walkers” is a 3-screen installation designed as a meditative space to contemplate the Ohlone sacred sites in San Francisco of the past, and what we lose today when these sites are destroyed. Contemplating the destruction in 1860 of the Shellmound at today’s Aquatic Park when the director’s family lived in SF and the experiences today of Ohlone sacred site protectors Corinna Gould and Ann Marie Sayers, “Bridge Walkers” gives context to the importance of preserving and protecting these ancient Ohlone sites for today’s generation.

SoMa & Mid-Market Landmarks, paintings by Patricia Araujo

Old U.S. Mint Photo Gallery Photo Gallery
The Western Neighborhoods Project is proud to present a selection of OpenSFHistory images that showcase the lives of ordinary San Franciscans – from dawn until dark, at work and at play, in good times and in bad.


AUTHORS’ ROOM – Coiner’s Office/Press Room

Laura Ackley – San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915

Laura Atkins – Fred Korematsu Speaks Up (Fighting for Justice)

Daniel Bacon – Frisco and Walking San Francisco on the Barbary Coast Trail

Laura Borrman – Discovering Vintage San Francisco: A Guide to the City’s Timeless Eateries, Bars, Shops, & More

Lee Bruno – Panorama: Tales From San Francisco’s 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exposition

Richard DiGiacomo – Historical Gems of the San Francisco Bay Area: A Guide to Museums, Historical Sites, History Parks, and Historical Homes

Diane Donovan – San Francisco Relocated

John Garvey and Karen Hanning – Irish San Francisco

Floriana Petersen – 111 Places in San Francisco That You Must Not Miss

Harvey Schwartz – Building the Golden Gate Bridge: A Workers’ Oral History

Nancy Taniguchi – Dirty Deeds: Land, Violence, and the 1856 San Francisco Vigilance Committee

Martha Taylor – From Labor to Reward: Black Church Beginnings in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond, 1849–1972

Barbara Wilcox – World War I Army Training by San Francisco Bay: The Story of Camp Fremont