Central Courtyard (weather permitting; if there’s rain, in the Ohlone and Indigenous Peoples Room)

11:30 A.M.: Opening Ceremony

You are invited to an Ohlone and Indigenous-led opening ceremony, including a “Welcome to Ramaytush Ohlone Land” and songs of gatherings and beginnings.

Ohlone and Indigenous Peoples Room
(Room 3–Melters and Refiners Room)

In the Ohlone and Indigenous Peoples Room we honor and promote life and cultural continuance through ceremony, storytelling, published work, exhibition of creative work, and presentations by native leaders of poetry and on topics such as curriculum reform, Indian Relocation, shellmounds, and the Alcatraz Occupation.

12:30 P.M.: Kim Shuck (Ani yun wiya–Cherokee and Goral–Polish/Tatra mountain folk)
San Francisco Poet Laureate
Poetry and talk about the removal of the Early Days statue from Civic Center.

2:30 P.M.: Mary Jean Robertson (Cherokee nation citizen, bird clan, Robertson clan)

KPOO Voices of the Native Nations host for over 40 years, Mary Jean Robertson speaks about Indians in radio and broadcasting, the 50th Anniversary of Alcatraz Occupation which she wrote about in Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968–1978, and Indian relocation.

3:30 P.M.: Curriculum for Indigenous California History

Gregg Castro (t’rowt’raahl Salinan / rumsien Ohlone)

Gregg Castro, founder and advisor to the California Indian History Curriculum Coalition (CIHCC) based at CSU – Sacramento, will give an indigenous perspective to the personal experience of growing up in a school system that continues to deny the real facts of what happened to the hundreds of thousands of native people of California since European colonization of the 18th century. As People of Color begin to more strongly assert their rightful and lawful place in American society, they also want that society to face the truth of a past that directly and strongly impacts their daily lives today. Gregg will discuss the efforts by native communities to assure that children of today are accurately informed of the past that has shaped their present and future.

Theater One (Room 16–Gold Ballroom)

11:45 a.m.: San Francisco’s Nature and Conservation Victories

Organization: Nature in the City

Join an informative exploration of natural history and conservation in San Francisco — where have the dunes and watercourses gone? What can we learn from nature’s story about the place we call home? What can we envision for our backyards, public parks, and open spaces?

12:30 P.M.: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of the SOMA Pilipinas Cultural Heritage District

Organization: SOMA Pilipinas

Historian and community activist MC Canlas talks about SOMA Pilipinas, San Francisco’s Filipino Cultural Heritage District, which is home to a vibrant living culture and historic legacy that has shaped the South of Market neighborhood and San Francisco for the last five decades.

1:15 P.M.: Panel discussion: San Francisco Cultural Districts: What They Are and Why They Matter

Moderator Miguel Bustos, Erick Arguello (Calle 24 Latino Cultural District), Tyra Fennell (African American Cultural District), Moises Garcia (Castro), Rachel Lastimosa (SOMA Pilipinas), Aria Sa’id (Compton’s Transgender Cultural District), and Sandy Mori (Japantown Cultural District) will discuss how the local news has highlighted the rise and proliferation of San Francisco’s Cultural Districts.

2:30 P.M.: Our Lost Years: The WWII Incarceration of Japanese Americans

Organization: The National Japanese American Historical Society

Steve Okamoto of the Tanforan Assembly Center Memorial Committee discusses the Japanese American internment during WWII, FDR’s signing of E.O. 9066, and his family’s ordeals at the Tanforan Race Track, in the context of the unlawful imprisonment of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in American concentration camps built in the worst parts of the country.

3:15 P.M.: The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot: A Theatrical Reading

Organization: The Tenderloin Museum

Produced by the Tenderloin Museum in 2018, The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot  was directly inspired by the 1966 riots that were a catalyst for the birth of LGBTQ activism in San Francisco. In the summer of 1966, a drag queen patron of the Tenderloin’s Compton’s Cafeteria threw her cup of hot coffee in the face of a police officer as he made an unwarranted attempt to arrest her. The riot that followed would come to be known as the United States’ first recorded act of militant queer resistance to social oppression and police harassment. The Riot has become an integral piece of the Tenderloin’s identity, and this play has offered a singular opportunity for audiences to celebrate the individuals whose tenacious spirit spawned a civil rights movement. The cast will read an excerpt from the play, written by Collette LeGrande, Mark Nassar, and Donna Personna and directed by AeJay Mitchell.

4:15 P.M.: San Francisco History Fashion Show 

Judges: Countess Lola Montez, Cicely Hansen, and Honey Mahogany

Dress in historical garb from your favorite era of history and strut your stuff at our hip historic fashion show. Impress our famed (and infamous) judges and you may win a first, second, or third prize! Open to all attendees of San Francisco History Days.

Theater Two (Room 17–Mint Ballroom)

11:45 a.m.: Colonel Charles Young, Buffalo Soldier

Organization: Buffalo Soldiers of Northern California

Speaker: Captain William Terrell

Captain Terrell discusses the life and legacy of Charles Young, who was born into slavery and became the third African American graduate from West Point. His many accomplishments and distinguished career as a military officer include being a military attache to Haiti and Liberia.

12:30 P.M.: Short Histories on San Francisco Preservation: From the Grauman Windows to Victorian Interiors

Speakers: Gary Parks, theatre historian; Amy Firman, the Victorian Alliance

In this age of gut remodels, preserving historic interiors is vital in retaining San Francisco’s architectural heritage. The Victorian Alliance works to raise awareness of this issue through its grants program and advocacy, and invites the History Days community to join us in this effort. The presentation includes images of the Grauman’s Imperial Theatre stained-glass window sign, which was discovered inside the Market Street Cinema building prior to its demolition. This will cover the discovery, removal, and restoration of the window, and its installation in the new condo tower erected on the site of the theatre.  Finally, there will be a few images of the photomurals of historic Market Street theatres installed in the elevator lobbies on each floor of the new building.

1:15 P.M.: Spanish and Mexican San Francisco: Colonialism and Its Consequences

Speakers: Kari Jones and Gregg Castro

Kari Jones, the archaeologist for the Presidio Trust, and Gregg Castro, Native American Programs Committee chair for the Society for California Archaeology, discuss colonialism in California and its reverberations for California native peoples today. They will also enter into dialogue on the best strategies for sharing difficult history with the public.

2:30 P.M.: The Audacity of Inez Burns

Speaker: Stephen G. Bloom

During a time when women risked their lives with predatory practitioners lurking in back alleys, Inez Burns and her team of assistants worked night and day in her elegantly appointed San Francisco clinic, performing the safest, most hygienic abortions available during a time when women had few options if they found themselves with an unwanted pregnancy.

Stephen G. Bloom is the author of The Audacity of Inez Burns: Dreams, Desire, Treachery, and Ruin in the City of Gold (Regan Arts, 2018). He has been a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Dallas Morning News, and senior writer in San Francisco for the Sacramento Bee. Bloom began his research on The Audacity of Inez Burns when during a guarded conversation in 1991, a San Francisco woman revealed that she had years earlier gone to Burns’ clinic in the Lower Fillmore neighborhood. Bloom was to discover that more than 50,000 women had made visits to the same address. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Bloom is a professor of journalism at the University of Iowa.

3:15 P.M.: Looking Ahead and Looking Back: The Old U. S. Mint Restoration Project and the the Building’s 1906 Earthquake History

Speakers: Katherine Petrin, Jon Lau, and Bob Bailey

Jon Lau, San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and Katherine Petrin, Old Mint Restoration Project, Planning Phase Project will provide an update on the Mint; Bob Bailey will give a short talk on the Old Mint and the 1906 earthquake.

4:15 P.M.: Paradise Found: San Francisco and The Story of The African American Concert Singer

Speaker: Bill Doggett

Historian and archivist Bill Doggett will share the untold history of the critical historical relationship of the San Francisco Bay Area to the burgeoning careers of African American concert and opera singers,  from Roland Hayes and Marian Anderson to Mattiwilda Dobbs, Leontyne Price forward to Leona Mitchell. As a special component of the program, guests will hear a number of rare historic recordings in their original 78rpm format on a 1924 portable Victrola.      

Author Room and Bookstore
(13—Coiner’s Office/Press Room)

11 A.M.-1 P.M.

Meet the Authors

Robert Aquinas McNallyThe Modoc War: A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America’s Gilded Age. Speaking at 11:30 A.M.

Gary NoyGold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss and Luck

Thomas Reynolds and Kate RepaOur Town: Best of the New Fillmore

Betty VeronicoLighthouses of the Bay Area

Nicholas A. VeronicoDepression-Era Sculpture of the Bay Area and Depression-Era Murals of the Bay Area. Speaking at noon.

1-3 P.M.

Lee BrunoPanorama: Tales of San Francisco’s 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition and Misfits, Merchants & Mayhem: Tales from San Francisco’s Historic Waterfront, 1849–1934. Speaking at 12:30 P.M.

Gerry CourtneyLove Letters to trump. Speaking at 2:30 P.M.

Rubén G. MendozaThe California Missions

Christie NelsonBeautiful Illusion: Treasure Island 1939. Speaking at 1:30 P.M.

Laura Alice WattThe Paradox of Preservation: Wilderness and Working Landscapes at Point Reyes National Seashore. Speaking at 3:30 P.M.

3-5 P.M.

Jan Batiste AdkinsAfrican Americans of San Francisco, African Americans of Monterey County, and African Americans of San Jose and Santa Clara County. Speaking at 4 P.M.

Stephen G. BloomThe Audacity of Inez Burns: Dreams, Desire, Treachery, and Ruin in the City of Gold. Speaking at 2:30 P.M. in Theater 2.

Richard Di GiacomoHistorical Gems of the San Francisco Bay Area and Ohlone Teacher’s Resource

Meredith OdaThe Gateway to the Pacific: Japanese Americans and the Remaking of San Francisco. Speaking at 3 P.M.

Vault 4 — Actions Past Theater

Actions Past specializes in creating an immersive learning experience to bring the past to life by portraying historical characters from early San Francisco history. These living-history reenactors, in accurate period costuming, mingle with visitors at the Old Mint, offering gaming experiences, performances and impromptu theater. Actions Past players will also be offering these special presentations in Vault Four.

11:30 A.M.: Faro at Cora House

Join Charles and Belle Cora at San Francisco’s most elegant parlor house to test your luck and skill in the fast action, easy-to-learn game of Faro. Note: The Faro game will be ongoing throughout the day whenever there is no special presentation, so stop in for a game at your leisure! All ages welcome!

12:30 P.M.: A Moment with Mark Twain
Presenter: Jaxson Brashier

Relish the wit and wisdom of this San Francisco favorite in this first-person portrayal of Samuel Clemens.

1:30 P.M.: Poetry Reading by Miss Ina Coolbrith

Enjoy a reading from the poet, writer, and librarian who was to become the first poet laureate of any American state.

3 P.M.: A Moment with Mark Twain
Presenter: Jaxson Brashier

Relish the wit and wisdom of this San Francisco favorite in this first-person portrayal of Samuel Clemens.

All Weekend in the Vaults

A Trip Down Market Street … Plus
Room 4V—Weigh Room Vault (Main Level)
Niles-Essanay Silent Film Museum
Recurring screenings of Miles Brothers film footage

1906 Earthquake “Ghost Shacks”
V1—Carpenters’ Shop 
Organization: Bernal History Project

These models re-create the exact dimensions of 1906 refugee cottages, thousands of which were built in San Francisco after the quake and fire. With visual materials and the ghost shack itself, you are invited to imagine you survived the disaster and now have to live in such a tiny home!

Twenty Years of Films
V2—Melting Room/Vault
Organization: San Francisco Black Film Festival

Archival timeline collage of newspaper articles, old programs, and flyers from two decades of festivals, plus a rolling schedule of film trailers and clips.

Haight Street Art Center
V3—Store Keeper Room
Organization: Haight Street Art Center

Key examples of San Francisco concert and political posters that made significant contributions to the city’s countercultural history.

Actions Past Theater
V4—Store Room
Organization: Actions Past

Actions Past specializes in creating an immersive learning experience to bring the past to life by portraying historical characters from early San Francisco history. These living-history re-enactors, in accurate period costuming, mingle with visitors at the Old Mint, offering gaming experiences, performances and impromptu theater.

Cable Cars, the Cliff House, and Lost Neon Landscapes
Organizations: November Fire and San Francisco Neon

A rotating schedule of clips from historical documentaries San Francisco Cable Cars and The Cliff House, plus neon-focused footage from San Francisco Neon: Landscapes and Lost Icons, edited by Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan; Market StreetNeon, 1965, by Petrified Films/Getty Images; Stolen Moments: Neon Noir edited by Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan.

Commemorative Coin Minting
V6—Blacksmith Vault
Organization: Museum of Craft and Design

Make and “mint” your own coin with a variety of materials and spice up your design with additional fun embellishments. Suitable for all ages.

Gems from the California Revealed Collection
Organization: California Revealed

A recurring 20-minute compilation of digitized video and film segments highlighting immigrant communities throughout California.

Rock-Poster Art in San Francisco
V8—Coal Store/Vault
Organization: The Rock Poster Society

Since 1965, San Francisco has been a center for concert posters, particularly those advertising rock concerts. This exhibition, jointly curated by members of the Rock Poster Society, will feature selected offset lithographs from the 1960s as well as contemporary concert screen prints. This year’s exhibit includes a number of posters advertising concerts that featured light shows by Bill Ham.

75 Years of Transit History: Views from the SFMTA Photo Archive 1903-1978
Organization: SFMTA Photo Archives

The SFMTA Photo Archive recently completed a ten-year project to preserve and scan thousands of original images taken by San Francisco transit photographers. Come learn about the project and see our favorite photographs.