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: 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 the evening of Friday, May 8 at the Conservatory of Flowerswhere community history groups and enthusiasts will enjoy docent-enhanced walks through the Conservatory, light refreshments and programming.

This event will lead into an entire day of city-wide programming on Saturday, May 9. 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.

So far, we have eight (8) confirmed host sites; they are:

  • California Historical Society—678 Mission Street
  • Shaping San Francisco/Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics—518 Valencia Street
  • San Francisco Heritage/Haas-Lilienthal House—2007 Franklin Street
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park—Hyde Street Pier
  • Sunnyside Conservatory—236 Monterey Boulevard
  • Treasure Island Museum—One Avenue of the Palms, Building One
  • United Irish Cultural Center—2700 45thAvenue
  • Western Neighborhoods Project/Home for History—1617 Balboa Street

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. Vicky Walker, San Francisco History Association / Bernal History Project
  12. 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.