2020 Frequently Asked Questions

San Francisco History Days 2020 – FAQ

Q: Is San Francisco History Days happening?

A: Yes it is! Mark your calendars for a Kick-off Celebration the evening of Friday, May 8th, and city-wide coordinated programming throughout San Francisco on Saturday, May 9th.

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

A: No. This year, San Francisco History Days will activate all of San Francisco, highlighting local history in neighborhoods throughout the city with a refreshed format. Six to ten host sites will showcase multiple exhibitors and presentations. There will be a dedicated site for authors of recently published history books and there will be tours through the Old U.S. Mint. All participating sites will be featured on an illustrated map (available for free) that will also include a schedule of programs.

Q: Who is planning San Francisco History Days this year?
A: The San Francisco Department of Memory is taking the lead to organize 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’ Library
  5. LisaRuth Elliott, Shaping San Francisco
  6. Dennis Evanofsky, Alameda History Museum
  7. Nicole Meldahl, Western Neighborhoods Project
  8. Katie Peeler, California Historical Society
  9. Evelyn Rose, Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project
  10. Vicky Walker, San Francisco History Association / Bernal History Project
  11. Kerri Young, San Francisco Heritage

Q: Why is San Francisco History Days so late this year?

A: Reduced funding and leadership transitions at organizations integral to the success of San Francisco History Days delayed the start of planning this year. To give the Host Committee enough time to organize a refreshed event with a new format, the date was delayed (and the May weather may be a little less stormy!).

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.