2020 Frequently Asked Questions

San Francisco History Days 2020 – FAQ

Q: Is San Francisco History Days happening?

A: Yes it is! Previously planned for May 8-9, 2020, San Francisco History Days is postponed due to recommendations from state and local officials in response to COVID-19. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date.

Q: Will San Francisco History Days be in the Old U.S. Mint?

A: This year, San Francisco History Days will activate all of San Francisco, highlighting local history in neighborhoods throughout the city with a refreshed format.

Now in its tenth year, San Francisco History Days will begin with a kick-off celebration at the Conservatory of Flowers where community history groups and enthusiasts will enjoy docent-enhanced walks through the Conservatory, light refreshments and programming.

This event will lead into an entire weekend of city-wide programming. Expanding beyond the Old U.S. Mint, exhibitors will provide historical displays at host sites distributed throughout San Francisco and other participating locations will open their doors for this day of community history. In addition, there will be guided walking and bike tours and other activities throughout the day, all featured on an illustrated map.

In addition, we will feature Ohlone and Indigenous Peoples programming at the Bay Observatory of the Exploratorium, the San Francisco Historical Society will serve as our author venue, and the Old U.S. Mint will be open for tours.

Q: Who is planning San Francisco History Days this year?
A: The San Francisco Department of Memory is producing San Francisco History Days this year with our Host Committee.

This Host Committee includes:

  1. Barbara Cannella, San Francisco City Guides
  2. Lana Costantini, San Francisco Historical Society
  3. Elizabeth Creely, United Irish Cultural Center
  4. Taryn Edwards, Mechanics’ Institute
  5. LisaRuth Elliott, Shaping San Francisco
  6. Dennis Evanosky, Alameda Museum
  7. Patty Pforte, California Institute of Integral Studies
  8. Nicole Meldahl, Western Neighborhoods Project
  9. Katie Peeler, California Historical Society
  10. Evelyn Rose, Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project
  11. Chelsea Sellin, Western Neighborhoods Project
  12. Vicky Walker, San Francisco History Association / Bernal History Project
  13. Kerri Young, San Francisco Heritage

Q: Who is funding San Francisco History Days?

A: Funding for San Francisco History Days has been provided by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development through the Invest in Neighborhoods Program, courtesy of District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer and Western Neighborhoods Project.