Sunday Schedule of Events

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



12:30 & 1:30 PM
Mint Tours Led by Katherine Petrin start in outside in Mint Plaza
(on the north side of the Mint near the food trucks).




Ina Coolbrith and Charles Warren Stoddard: A San Francisco Love Story

 Speaker: Aleta George, author of Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate

Ina Donna Coolbrith and Charles Warren Stoddard shared a passion for poetry and each other in early San Francisco. Their paths veered when Charlie set sail to explore his homosexuality and a career in travel writing, and Ina accepted a job as Oakland’s librarian. Hear stories that explore Ina and Charlie’s sweet, lifelong relationship set in bohemian San Francisco during the late 19th century.

World War I by San Francisco Bay: The Story of Camp Fremont
Speaker: Barbara Wilcox, author of World War I Army Training by San Francisco Bay: The Story of Camp Fremont
In 1917, San Francisco VIPs maneuvered a 28,000-man Army training camp onto rural Menlo Park and Stanford University, triggering consequences including curbs on women, amateur spies, and a trench ground and artillery range where dugouts and unexploded shells still emerge decades later. Peace broke out before most Camp Fremont troops saw battle, but the skills they acquired helped transform the West. Author Barbara Wilcox unearths the camp and its legacy.


1 PM

Kate Kennedy and the Struggle for Economic Equity during the First Gilded Age
Presenting organization: United Irish Cultural Center
Speaker: Jo Coffey
Kate Kennedy was a mid 19th century Irish immigrant who, during her 30 year career as a San Francisco educator, successfully fought for equal pay for equal work for men and women in education, and protection against arbitrary demotion and firing (tenure). Later, she became a disciple of the economic philosopher, Henry George, believing that the widening gulf between rich and poor was incompatible with this nation’s democratic ideals.  It’s timely now, in an era which some call the new Gilded Age, to reflect on the example of this courageous and effective woman.

Executive Order 9066: 75 Years Later—War Hysteria, Race Prejudice & Japanese American Incarceration of WWII
Presenting organizations: National Japanese American Historical Society, Inc. (NJAHS) and Bill Doggett Productions
Speakers: Bill Doggett, archivist and historian; Hiroshi Kashiwagi, former WWII incarceree, poet, actor; and Rosalyn Tonai, Executive Director, NJAHS
Members of the Japanese American community will provide reflections on the historical analysis of the truth behind the “military necessity” of Executive Order 9066, which led to exclusion and mass incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans, and the Order’s implications today. The panel of speakers will also include how San Francisco print journalism defined the marginalization of the Japanese race and Japanese Bay Area citizens through its controversial and race baiting headlines and articles and also showcase rare Ship Yard and other War Effort propaganda that intensified anti Japanese and anti Axis race baiting.


Presenting organization: Actions Past
Mark Twain Presents


2 PM

The Evolution of Art Deco in San Francisco: From boomtown skyscrapers, apartment towers and movie palaces of the 1920s to the public decade of the 1930s
Presenting organization: Art Deco Society of California
Speaker: Therese Poletti, Preservation Director, author, journalist, and San Francisco City Guide
A whirlwind history of how the Art Deco style evolved in San Francisco during the 1920s and 1930s, including some building archetypes, motifs, and a brief
discussion of the most important Bay Area architects of the era.

Norton the First, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico
Presenting organization: Time Machine Tours
Speaker: Joseph Amster
Did you know the United States had an Emperor? Joshua Abraham Norton arrived in San Francisco in 1849 with $40,000. By shrewd investing, he would turn that nest egg into $250,000 ($10 million in today’s dollars) in just four years and became one of Gold Rush-era San Francisco’s most prominent citizens.

In attempting to increase his fortune by cornering the market on rice, Norton would lose everything. Shamed, broken, and bankrupt, he would disappear for two years. Reemerging in San Francisco in 1859, he declares himself Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. Instead of locking him up as a lunatic, the people of San Francisco embrace his reign and treat him as their emperor for the next 21 years.


Speaker: Gregg Castro
Indigenous History in California


3 PM

Indigenous History in the Bay Area
Speaker: Val Lopez, Chairman, Amah Mutsun Tribe
This presentation will explore the history of indigenous peoples in the Bay Area with a focus on the Mission, Mexican, and American periods. It will also discuss the cultural persistence and survival of native peoples in California today.


The Twists & Turns of Rope
Presenting organization: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Speaker: Katelin Ghormley, Ranger
How has rope shaped our civilizations and erected enormous empires? It holds symbolism in world religions and we still rely on its simple technology today. The Tubbs Cordage company was the first commercial rope manufacturer on the West Coast, learn how their pioneering venture supported the thriving shipping industry which helped to build San Francisco as we know it.



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.

THROUGHOUT THE DAY – AUTHORS’ ROOM – Coiner’s Office/Press Room

Devon Angus & Ivy Anderson – Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute

Al Barna & Randall Ann Homan – San Francisco Neon: Survivors and Lost Icons

Ernie Beyl – Sketches from a North Beach Journal

Dennis Evanosky and Eric Kos – Lost San Francisco and San Francisco: Then and Now

Aleta George – Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate

Fred Glass – From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement

Michael Helquist – Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions

Anne Evers Hitz – Emporium Department Store

Elisa Kleven – The Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy: A San Francisco Story

Captain Paul Lobo – Crossing the Bar: The Adventures of a San Francisco Bay Bar Pilot

Cynthia McCarthy – Belmont

Kerry Yo Nakagawa – Japanese American Baseball in California: A History

Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff – Other Avenues Are Possible: Legacy of the People’s Food System of the San Francisco Bay Area

Susan Skilton – Moraga

Gabriel Thompson – America’s Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century

Monika Trobits – Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco: A Western Theater for Northern & Southern Politics

Betty Veronico – Lighthouses of the Bay Area

Nick Veronico – Depression-Era Murals of the Bay Area