San Francisco History Days Community

From 2010 to Today

Here, you’ll find a full list of all exhibitors, speakers, sponsors, and tour guides who have been part of the San Francisco History Days family since our first year showcasing community history in 2010.

10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers 

Exhibitor 2020

The 10th Cavalry, Company G of Northern California is a Buffalo Soldier living history nonprofit organization established in Sacramento in 1992. They work to foster patriotism, courage, and self-reliance in our youth. Specifically they re-create a Buffalo Soldier company during the years from 1866 to 1891 concentrated on the year 1874. They travel to Northern California schools, organizations, and will travel any place for events that help them tell the real story of the Buffalo Soldiers.

Acción Latina

Exhibitor 2018-2019

Acción Latina produces visual arts, literary arts and performing arts events throughout the year; publishes a free, biweekly, bilingual (Spanish/English) newspaper,; and maintains an extensive archive that chronicles the Latino experience in San Francisco from the 1970s. Our mission is to promote cultural arts, community media, and civic engagement as a way of building healthy and empowered Latino communities.

African American Museum and Library at Oakland

Exhibitor 2018

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland is dedicated to the discovery, preservation, interpretation and sharing of historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations.

Alameda Museum

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The Alameda Museum, founded in 1948, catalogs, conserves, and displays artifacts relating to the city’s history. The museum provides educational opportunities relating to Alameda’s history.

American Bookbinders Museum

Exhibitor 2020

The American Bookbinders Museum tells the story of the book. We present the art and craft of western bookbinding from a hand process through 19th century mechanization, by preserving the tools, equipment and practices of bookbinding.

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

Exhibitor 2020

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) raises awareness of the experience of Immigration into America through the Pacific. AIISF collects and preserves the rich stories and personal journeys of thousands of immigrants, and shares them with visitors and everyone living in America through education initiatives and public programs.

The Arion Press, M&H Type, The Grabhorn Institute

Exhibitor 2018-2019-2020 / Tour Guide 2020

The Grabhorn Institute is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to preserving and perpetuating the use of the last integrated type foundry, bookbinding, and letterpress printing facility in the United States as a living museum and educational center.

Art Deco Society of California

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The Art Deco Society of California (ADSC) was founded in 1981 by architectural historian Michael Crowe and other preservationists in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are a not-for-profit [501(c)3] membership organization. Our goals are to increase public awareness of the Art Deco era through preservation and promotion of its art, architecture, music, design, and other forms of popular culture.

Berkeley Environmental Design Archives

Exhibitor 2020

The Environmental Design Archives (EDA) is a non-profit research facility within the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley committed to raising awareness of the architectural, landscape, and design heritage of Northern California and beyond, through collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary records of the built and designed environment.

Bethlehem Shipyard Museum

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The mission of the Bethlehem Shipyard Museum is to connect the past with the future by preserving the history of the industrialization of the San Francisco Bay Area from 1849 to the present and to honor the dignity and value of the skilled labor that made it all possible.

Bikes to Books

Tour Guide 2020

Bikes to Books was created in 2013 as an homage to the 1988 street-naming project spearheaded by City Lights Books founder and former San Francisco Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, in which 12 San Francisco streets were renamed for famous artists and authors who’d once made San Francisco their home.  Our signature 7.1 mile bicycle tour of literary San Francisco combines San Francisco history, art, literature, cycling, and urban exploration—a diverting and unique way to celebrate the literary and adventurous spirit of San Francisco.

Bill Doggett Productions

Exhibitor / Speaker

Bill Doggett Productions is a multitiered startup focused on education through the use of historical artifacts to create dialogue across generations and communities.

An archivist and historian with a notable performing arts and history archive, Doggett is a passionate lecturer/teacher offering creative multimedia lectures that blend Music and History with Media and Pop Culture with focus on how we see Race embodied in History and identify difference.

Black X Film Festival

Partner 2020

The Black X Film Festival is a three-day online film festival (September 25-27, 2020) started by a collective of Black artists and allies to showcase Black creators. Through providing this free event of music and film, we showcase the radical multifaceted expressions of the Black experience by centering Black resilience and a commitment to anti-racism.​ As a partner of San Francisco History Days 2020, the are sharing a curated selection of films.

Chinese Whispers


Chinese Whispers uses a multi-platform program of research, storytelling, artistic productions and public programs to uncover and give voice and visibility to the overlooked contributions and experiences of the early Chinese immigrants in the making of the American West.

California Academy of Sciences

Exhibitor 2020 / Speaker 2020

The mission of the California Academy of Sciences is to explore, explain, and sustain life.

California Garden and Landscape History Society

Exhibitor 2016

The California Garden and Landscape History Society celebrates the beauty and diversity of California’s historic gardens and landscapes through education, events, and membership.

California Genealogical Society and Library

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The California Genealogical Society and Library (CGS) helps people trace and compile their family histories. The Society maintains a library, gathers and preserves vital records, disseminates information through its publications and Internet access, and teaches genealogical research methods through meetings, seminars and workshops. Organized in San Francisco on February 12, 1898, CGS is one of the premier genealogical resources in Northern California. The Library is rich in genealogy reference materials, both standard and unique, covering people and places in California and the rest of the country. The Society offers research services, online one-of-a-kind genealogical indexes and databases, and a research library housing over 38,000 reference materials from California, the United States, and around the world.

California Historical Society

Sponsor 2020 / Host Committee 2020

Founded in 1871, the California Historical Society is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire and empower people to make California’s richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.

The California Indian Museum and Cultural Center

Exhibitor 2019

The purpose of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center (CIMCC) is to educate the public about the history, culture, and contemporary life of California Indians and to honor their contributions to civilization.

California Preservation Foundation

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The California Preservation Foundation provides statewide leadership, advocacy, and education to ensure the protection of California’s diverse cultural heritage and historic places.

California Pride: Mapping LGTBQ Histories

Exhibitor 2016

California Pride: Mapping Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Histories is a crowd-sourced online archive about places associated with LGBTQ histories in the Golden State. The project aims to inspire and educate while enlisting Californians to share and preserve important stories of LGBTQ experience.

California Revealed

Exhibitor 2018-2019

California Revealed is a State Library initiative to help California’s public libraries, in partnership with other local heritage groups, digitize, preserve, and provide online access to archival materials — books, newspapers, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and more — that tell the incredible stories of the Golden State.

Calle 24 Latino Cultural District

Calle 24 preserves & advocates for LatinX cultural continuity, vitality, & community in SF’s touchstone Latino Cultural District and the greater Mission area. The Latino Cultural District will be an economically vibrant community that is inclusive of diverse-income households and businesses that together compassionately embrace the unique Latino heritage and cultures of 24th Street and that celebrate Latino cultural events, foods, businesses, activities, art, and music.

Chinese Historical Society of America

Exhibitor 2020

The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the interpretation, promotion, and preservation of the social, cultural and political history and contributions of the Chinese in America.

Colma Historical Association

Exhibitor 2020

Founded to collect, preserve, and display documents and artifacts and disseminate information relating to the history of the Town of Colma.

Compton’s Transgender Cultural District

Exhibitor 2019

Named after the first TLGB civil rights uprisings in the United States, the Compton’s TLGB District is the first legally recognized transgender district in the world.

Conservatory of Flowers

Exhibitor 2019

The Conservatory of Flowers is a national, state, and local landmark, officially “Landmark Number 841” in the State of California. Built in 1879, the Conservatory of Flowers was the first formal structure erected in Golden Gate Park and remains an icon at the entrance of world-renowned Golden Gate Park. The Conservatory is filled to the brim with flowers, foliage, and plants from around the world, with a concentration on tropical plants. Its mission is to connect people and plants in a place of exceptional beauty.

Corbett Heights Neighbors History Project

Exhibitor 2018

Corbett Heights Neighbors was formed in July 2004 for the purpose of providing a forum for the residents to discuss common issues and concerns, develop solutions, and guide the direction of the neighborhood. The goals of the organization are to beautify, maintain and improve the character of the neighborhood, protect historic architectural resources, ensure that new construction/development is compatible with the neighborhood, maintain its pocket parks, increase security, provide community outreach and an educational forum, and encourage friendly association among the neighbors.

Daly City History Guild Museum & Archive

Exhibitor 2020

The purpose of the History Guild is to serve the community by maintaining the Colma and Daly City History Museum and preserving, displaying and sharing the history of Daly City.

Doggie Diner Heads

Exhibitor 2018

In 1988, the Doggie Diner Heads from a local hamburger were adopted by the San Francisco Cacophony Society and became iconic symbols of worship for The First Church of the Last Laugh, eventually attaining beatification as The Holy Trinity of the Dominican Order by decree of Church Elder Bishop Joey. From that year on, the three sacred Dogs have blessed a great variety of local SF-East Bay functions by their ambulatory presence. The Steward of the Great Dogs, Deacon Melmoth (John Law), routinely drives the massive trailer upon which the Holy Dogs are ensconced to a great variety of meritorious local history events.

East Bay Genealogical Society


East Bay Genealogical Society was established over 25 years ago by and for individuals interested in their family history and genealogical research. Our goal and purpose is to promote interest in genealogy, biography and related history and to help each other in this purpose.

The Emperor Norton Trust

Exhibitor 2020

The Emperor Norton Trust is a nonprofit, founded in 2013, that works on a variety of fronts — research, education, advocacy — to honor the life and advance the legacy of Joshua Abraham Norton (1818–1880).

Filipino American National Historical Society

Exhibitor 2019

The Filipino American National Historical Society promotes understanding, education, enlightenment, appreciation and enrichment through the identification, gathering, preservation and dissemination of the history and culture of Filipino Americans in the United States.

Freedom Archives

Exhibitor 2020

The Freedom Archives is a non-profit educational archive located in San Francisco dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of historical audio, video and print materials documenting progressive movements and culture from the 1960s to the 1990s. Offering a youth development program focused on engagement with these historical materials and providing media production training, we also produce original documentaries and educational resources for use by schools and organizations as tools for community building and social justice work.

Fremont Museum Group

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The Fremont Museum group includes 10 historical entities in Fremont, the fourth-largest city on the San Francisco Bay Area. Its 92 square miles is home to 220,000 diverse residents who speak 137 languages and dialects. The groups are the Washington Township Museum of Local History, Shinn House, Patterson House at Ardenwood Historic Farm, the Children’s Natural History Museum, Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, Old Mission San Jose, Niles Canyon Railway, Pacific Bus Museum, Niles Depot Historical Foundation Museum, and the California Nursery Historical Park.

French Mutual Benevolent Society

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The French Mutual Benevolent Society was founded in 1851 in San Francisco by French-American immigrants. It is a nonprofit association that established San Francisco’s French Hospital and its associated HMO, the first in the nation. The Society works to document the history of the French Hospital and French-American culture in Northern California and contributes to medical scholarships for students at UCSF and Stanford medical schools.

Friends of Civil War Alcatraz

Exhibitor 2020 / Speaker 2020 / Tour Guide 2020

A group of historians interested in Civil War History, in particular the role of San Francisco in the Civil War Experience (circa 1861-1865), working in partnership with the National Park Service on Alcatraz Island and Fort Point. They provide educational, interpretive, conservation, research, planning, and park improvement projects.

Friends of the Geneva Car Barn & Powerhouse

Exhibitor 2020

Since 2002, the non-profit Friends of the Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse has been a dogged advocate for the historic landmark and its future use as a community center.

Ghost Tour San Francisco

Exhibitor 2019

Ghost Tour San Francisco is a project created by artist Elina Ansary that aims to build a record of San Francisco’s collective memory. It aims to reveal the secret, personal histories of the city, and memorialize them through art and storytelling.

Girl Scouts of Northern California

Exhibitor 2020

Girl Scouts make the world a better place by building girls of courage, confidence and character.  It’s our mission to provide you with fun, social, and unique opportunities so that you can do Girl Scouts the way you want. Along the way, you’ll see just how awesome you are at being yourself, being a leader, and making the world a better place!

GLBT Historical Society

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The GLBT Historical Society, founded in 1985, collects, preserves, exhibits, and makes accessible to the public materials and knowledge to support and promote understanding of LGBTQ history, culture, and arts in all their diversity.

Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project

Exhibitor 2020 / Speaker 2020 / Host Committee 2020

The San Francisco neighborhoods of Glen Park, Glen Canyon, Sunnyside, Fairmount Heights, and Diamond Heights, located immediately south of Twin Peaks in San Francisco, have rich and diverse histories at risk of being forgotten with the passage of time and generations. The Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project works to rediscover our forgotten histories, document our living histories, and to share our histories with others to help preserve these histories for this and future generations.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Exhibitor 2020

The mission of Golden Gate National Recreation Area is to preserve and enhance the natural, historic and scenic resources of the lands north and south of the Golden Gate for the education, recreation and inspiration of people today and in the future.

Greek Historical Society of the San Francisco Bay Area


The mission of the Greek Historical Society of the San Francisco Bay Area is to explore, document, preserve and promote the history and heritage of the Greek people in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Greenhouse Project / Portola District

Exhibitor 2018

The Greenhouse Project supports Portola residents in their efforts to develop community assets that cultivate the neighborhood’s identity as the Garden District of San Francisco. We promote urban agriculture and the creation of public green spaces, focusing on revitalizing the Portola’s last nursery – 770 Woolsey Street – as an active urban farm.

Guardians of the City

Exhibitor 2020

Guardians of the City preserves and shares the history of San Francisco’s First Responders: the SF Fire Dept, SF Police Dept, SF Sheriff’s Dept, and Emergency Medical Services.

Haight Street Art Center

Exhibitor 2019

Haight Street Art Center promotes advancement in poster art production and education related to poster art’s history and cultural impact. We are deeply committed to extending San Francisco’s proud heritage of publicly accessible artwork—artwork created to attract, advocate, and connect people. Informed and influenced by native Bay Area roots, this evocative art form continues to grow, innovate, and play a vital role in American popular culture.

Hayward Area Historical Society


The Hayward Area Historical Society promotes an understanding of our shared history and the challenges and opportunities of the future by collecting, preserving and interpreting the diverse heritage of the East Bay community.

Heyday Books

Sponsor 2020

Heyday is an independent, nonprofit publisher founded in 1974 in Berkeley, California. We are a diverse community of writers and readers, activists and thinkers. Heyday promotes civic engagement and social justice, celebrates nature’s beauty, supports California Indian cultural renewal, and explores the state’s rich history, culture, and influence. Heyday works to realize the California dream of equity and enfranchisement.



Historypin gives communities anywhere in the world the opportunity and tools to gather and share photos, documents, sounds, moving images, stories and oral histories relating to their local history. It was created by the not-for-profit company Shift (formerly We Are What We Do) to use local history to bring people, especially different generations, together. So far, over 65,000 individuals and community groups as well as 2,500 libraries, archives, museums, schools and universities have run thousands of local projects on Historypin, pinning in over 75 countries.

Home Movie Day Bay Area

Exhibitor 2020 / Speaker 2020

Home Movie Bay Area is a group of volunteer moving image archivists based in the Bay Area who are dedicated to the celebration and preservation of home movies. They organize screenings throughout the year with an open invitation to bring in and share with the community your home movie memories. We take special care to inspect your films and videos before projection and can offer conservation advice.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Yerba Buena Lodge No. 15

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows was established in San Francisco in 1849, even before California became a state. We are a fraternal nonprofit organization whose motto is Friendship, Love, and Truth, and in that spirit, we have founded senior homes; provided children’s services; and hosted art shows, book readings, fundraisers, and special presentations in support of our community.

The Institute for Historical Study

Sponsor 2020

Is history a passion for you? Are you researching, writing, making a film, giving talks? If so, please consider joining the Institute for Historical Study—a community of independent writers, researchers, historians, archivists, videographers, and artists pursuing history-related endeavors. Through a wide range of ongoing programs, we share knowledge, ideas, and practical advice and also sponsor public events. Join us!

Internet Archive

Exhibitor 2019

Universal access to all knowledge.

Irish-American Crossroads

Exhibitor 2019

Irish-Americans possess a rich and diverse history that has greatly influenced the cultural, political, and creative landscapes of the United States and beyond. Irish-American Crossroads recognizes this and is committed to revealing the often hidden histories of the Irish-American experience. Our programs promote Irish-American culture and heritage with a special emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area.

Irish Hill, The Potrero’s Lost Neighborhood

Exhibitor 2016-2017-2018

For three years, Steven Fidel Herraiz has researched Irish Hill, a ghost town whose residents, buildings, streets, and original topography no longer exist. Through rarely-seen photographs, historic newspaper articles, and artifacts, he tells the story of this dynamic neighborhood, whose demise in the early 20th century was brought on by the very industries that created it.

It’s About Time / Black Panthers Party Alumni Committee

Exhibitor 2016

This year marks the 50th year since the Black Panther Party was founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale back in 1966.  We want to educate people to the real history and legacy of the Black Panther Party. The BPP started many social programs to help educate and organize people, they tested thousands of people nationwide for Sickle Cell traits, registered thousands to vote, and fed thousands every morning in their Free Breakfast for School Children. It’s About Time/BPP Alumni Committee was formed in 1995 as a organizing committee to celebrate the Black Panther Party 30th year in 1996. We are former members of the BPP. Our national celebration will be in October in Oakland.

JFCS Holocaust Center

Exhibitor 2020

The JCSF Holocaust Center is dedicated to the remembrance, research, documentation and education about the Holocaust. As Northern California’s primary resource for education about the Holocaust and genocide, our work increases awareness about Jewish history and the causes and consequences of antisemitism, racism, and discrimination. Through a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and patterns of genocide, our goal is to inspire moral courage and social responsibility in future generations.

Labor Archives & Research Center, San Francisco State University

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The Labor Archives and Research Center preserves the rich, lively labor history of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Center collects union records, personal papers, scrapbooks, photographs, posters, oral histories, film, video, and artifacts documenting local working people and labor organizations. Founded in 1985 by trade union leaders, historians, and university administrators, the Labor Archives is a unit of the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University.


Speaker 2020

LaborFest is a month-long festival commemorating the 1934 San Francisco general strike with art, music, walks and educational event. They also host a simultaneous international labor film festival.

Leather and LGTBQ Cultural District

Exhibitor 2019

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is a cultural district in San Francisco’s South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood commemorating the history and culture of the leather subculture active in the area for approximately half a century. Our mission is to preserve, advance, and promote the District as a local, national, and international resource and as a culturally and commercially enriched neighborhood and district; to strengthen the Leather and LGBTQI communities of San Francisco by bringing together our diverse histories and cultures at and within the District for ALL persons to enjoy and share; to create an atmosphere of safety, creativity, vitality, and prosperity for present and future Leather & LGBTQI neighborhood participants, organizations, institutions, and commercial activity within the District; and to augment and make sustainable Leather & LGBTQI housing, healthcare, commerce, community development, cultural resources, and physical spaces.

The Living New Deal

Exhibitor 2020 / Speaker 2020

The Living New Deal aims to inventory, map, and publicize the achievements of the New Deal and its public works across all fifty states.

Marines’ Memorial Foundation

Participating Location 2020 / Tour Guide 2020

Established in San Francisco in 1946, the mission of Marines’ Memorial is to honor the legacy of Military service through its Living Memorial and programs that Educate, Commemorate and Serve Veterans of all Branches of the US Military, their families and the community at large.

Market Street Railway

Exhibitor 2018-2019

Market Street Railway preserves and promotes San Francisco’s transportation history through its museum, website, advocacy, and educational programs. “We keep San Francisco vintage streetcars on track.”

Mechanics’ Institute

Exhibitor 2020 / Speaker 2020 / Sponsor 2020 / Host Committee 2020

The Mechanics’ Institute is a cultural center that includes a vibrant library, a world-renowned chess program and a full calendar of engaging events. Founded in 1854 to serve the educational and social needs of mechanics — artisans, craftsmen, and inventors — the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, chess players, and the 21st-century nomadic worker.

Museum of African Diaspora

Sponsor 2020

MoAD, a contemporary art museum, celebrates Black cultures, ignites challenging conversations, and inspires learning through the global lens of the African Diaspora.

Museo Italo Americano 

Exhibitor 2020

The mission of the Museo Italo Americano is twofold: to research, collect, and display works of Italian and Italian-American artists, and to promote educational programs for the appreciation of Italian art and culture, thereby preserving the heritage of Italian-Americans for future generations.

Museum of Craft and Design

Exhibitor 2020

The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) makes creativity accessible to everyone. Through inspired exhibitions and experiential programs, MCD explores the creative process and current perspectives in craft and design.

Museum of Performance + Design

Exhibitor 2020

The mission of the Museum of Performance + Design is to keep the unfolding history of the performing arts in the San Francisco Bay Area alive. We collect, preserve, and make accessible materials on performance and theater design to support learning, appreciation, and creativity within a world-wide community of artists, researchers, and the general public.

National Japanese American Historical Society

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The National Japanese American Historical Society is a nonprofit membership supported organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, authentic interpretation, and sharing of historical information of the Japanese American experience for the diverse broader national and global community.

Native Daughters of the Golden West

Exhibitor 2016-2017-2018-2019

The Order of the Native Daughters of the Golden West is a fraternal and patriotic organization founded on the principles of Love of Home, Devotion to the Flag, Veneration of the Pioneers, Faith in the Existence of God. Love of California is evident in the Order’s unceasing efforts to promote the study of her romantic history and reverence for the memory of the sturdy Pioneer Fathers and Mothers, the founders of our great state.

The mission of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, as one of the oldest associations of diverse California born leaders, is to preserve California’s history and better the quality of life through active participation in education and community service.

Native Sons of the Golden West & Charitable Foundation

Exhibitor 2019

Native Sons of the Golden West, founded in 1875, is a fraternal organization with a mission statement to help preserve California history. By continually helping to restore our state’s historical buildings and monuments and placing historical markers throughout the state for educational purposes we hope to inspire Californians to be proud of their history and help preserve it always.

The Native Sons of the Golden West Charitable Foundation is a non-profit corporation dedicated to helping children who are born with a cleft palate or a craniofacial birth defects.

Nature in the City

Exhibitor 2018-2019

Nature in the City, founded in 2005, is a nonprofit organization committed to inspiring San Francisco to discover local nature.

Neighborhood Newspapers of San Francisco

Exhibitor 2020 / Host Committee 2020

The Neighborhood Newspapers of San Francisco collection has been created by the San Francisco Department of Memory, community history groups in San Francisco who have come together to promote more collaboration around local history; to influence the discourse of local history; to amplify work done by local historians that is often isolated work; and to share resources around local history gathering and dissemination.

New Mission Terrace Improvement Association

Exhibitor 2020

New Mission Terrace Improvement Association (NMTIA) is a volunteer-led organization dedicated to advocating for residents of Mission Terrace. Members work to create and sustain a sense of community by sponsoring social events and volunteer opportunities which support the health and safety of our neighbors and neighborhood.

Niles Essay Silent Film Museum & Edison Theater

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is more than a repository of photographs, posters, books and artifacts. It is a resource for all facets of silent filmmaking, from their planning and production to their presentation. The Museum offers a way to rediscover America’s movie pioneers, and see their remarkable work in an authentic setting – a theater where Charlie Chaplin and Broncho Billy Anderson saw themselves and their contemporaries on the screen. This museum keeps the spirit of silent films alive.

Oakland Heritage Alliance

Exhibitor 2019

The Oakland Heritage Alliance is a nonprofit organization that connects Oakland’s past to its present and future. We work to protect, preserve, and revitalize Oakland’s architectural, historic, and cultural resources by providing programs and services that inform Oakland’s diverse population about the importance of these resources and, through our advocacy and educational programs, to encourage them to do the same.

Office of San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu

Exhibitor 2019

The Office of San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu is responsible for locating and determining the assessed value of all taxable property in the County and maintaining public records. With integrity we work together to build a better San Francisco through superior customer service, fair property taxation, and the preservation of public records.

Oral History Center of the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley

Exhibitor 2020 / Speaker 2020

The Oral History Center (OHC) is a research unit of the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley. Established in 1953, the OHC has been responsible for compiling one of the largest and most widely-used oral history collections in the country. Many of California’s high-profile citizens, from governors to artists and industrialists, have been interviewed by our office — work the office now conducts nationwide. The OHC is a soft money operation, funded by endowments and donations.

Pacifica Historical Society

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The primary mission of the Pacifica Historical Society is to share the history and heritage of the City of Pacifica and our unique coastal environment with the general public through cultural exhibits, archives and educational programming. The museum will collect, preserve, and present artifacts and information of specific relevance to our area and act as a community resource for the study, appreciation and enjoyment of its collections.

Pardee Historic Home Museum

Exhibitor 2020

Oakland’s Pardee Home Museum is one of California’s architectural and historical treasures. From the outside, the beauty of the house and gardens is striking enough—and once you get inside, you’ll be astonished by the unique interiors and artifacts from around the world. Be prepared to discover its outstanding historical importance as the home of one of the East Bay’s most influential families.

Planet Drum Foundation

Exhibitor 2020 / Participating Location 2020

The Planet Drum Foundation seeks to promote or encourage ecologically sustainable living founded on an understanding of one’s bioregion (life-place), a geographic area of interconnected natural systems and their characteristics. Planet Drum’s bioregional approach includes both the ecological and human-cultural aspects of a place in determining appropriate actions for a sustainable future.

Point Reyes National Seashore

From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers visitors more than a thousand species of plants and animals to discover. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, the Seashore preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people. Point Reyes awaits your exploration.

Potrero Hill Archives Project 

Exhibitor 2010-2011-2012-2013-2014-2015-2016-2017-2018-2019-2020 / Tour Guide 2020

The Potrero Hill Archives Project began in 1986 collecting oral histories of long-time residents, historic photos and really anything connected to Potrero Hill history. They hold a History Night each fall, lead walking tours, and have written two Arcadia books on Hill history.

Presidio Historical Association 

Exhibitor 2020 / Speaker 2020

Their mission is to promote understanding and preservation of the history of the Presidio of San Francisco as reflected in its stories, structures, sites and people.

Presidio Trust 

Exhibitor 2020 / Speaker 2020

In partnership with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and at no cost to taxpayers, the Presidio Trust brings alive the unique historic, natural, and recreational assets of the Presidio for the inspiration, education, health, and enjoyment of all people.

Project Wreckless

Exhibitor 2019

Project Wreckless is a nonprofit organization in the Bayview. It works to flip the lives of at-risk youth, teaching them practical trade skills through an immersive curriculum focused on the restoration of classic cars. They are currently working on a ’65 and ’68 Mustang.

Public Knowledge: Take Part

Exhibitor 2019

Public Knowledge is led by SFMOMA in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library. Led by the artist duo Bik Van der Pol, the Public Knowledge project Take Part anchors expansive conversations about San Francisco—its past, present, and future—to a physical object: a 1,000-square-foot model of the city built in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

Rock Poster Society

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The Rock Poster Society was founded in 1998 by a small group of collectors, dealers, artists, and enthusiasts.We are a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization whose mission is to perpetuate and promote the long-standing relationship between music and graphic art that we so fondly call “Rock Poster Art.”

St. Cecilia Centennial Photo Archive

Exhibitor 2018

St. Cecilia Parish in the Parkside District celebrated its centenary during the 2016-2017 school year. A Centennial Photo Archive was developed to centralize the parish’s photos, with the primary intention of creating a rotating series of Archive displays throughout the centennial year, as well as to provide images for a Parish History book and calendar.

St. Mary’s Park Improvement Club

Exhibitor 2020

St. Mary’s Park Improvement Club is a residential neighborhood organization. It was organized in 1941 to preserve St. Mary’s Park heritage. Its purpose is to promote public improvements, maintenance and safety in St. Mary’s Park, and to foster community spirit, for the benefit of present and future generations.

San Bruno Mountain Watch

Exhibitor 2020

San Bruno Mountain Watch provides opportunities for the public to take care of and learn about San Bruno Mountain.

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society

Exhibitor 2020

The San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society (SFBAJGS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development, preservation, and distribution of Jewish genealogical knowledge and materials, and the sharing of techniques and tools, with others who may be researching their Jewish roots.

San Francisco Bay Area Post Card Club


The mission of the San Francisco Bay Area Post Card Club is to foster and promote postcard collecting in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area and the world. We hold monthly meetings at which our members and visitors can meet other collectors, find postcards, and learn about collecting and preserving postcards.

San Francisco Bay View


The San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper, founded in 1976, is a communications network for the Black community in the Bay Area and worldwide. The Bay View, the voice of Black Liberation, aims to equip and inspire Black people and all people to rise up and fight for freedom and justice, to build unity within the community and solidarity with other communities.

San Francisco Cable Car Museum

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The Cable Car Museum was founded in 1967 and located in the Washington-Mason historic car barn and powerhouse. A nonprofit group, the directors of the museum have a mission to keep alive the wonderful history of the cable car system in San Francisco and raise awareness among locals and visitors of the importance of the system, past and present.

San Francisco City Guides

Partner 2020 / Tour Guide 2020

City Guides volunteers are serious about sharing the fun of discovering San Francisco and its neighborhoods. Our purpose is to preserve and perpetuate the history and folklore of San Francisco and to celebrate its rich history of cultural diversity. In the spirit of our primary sponsor, the San Francisco Public Library, we provide this service free of charge.

San Francisco Civil War Round Table

Exhibitor 2020

The mission of the San Francisco Civil War Round Table is to promote a positive learning environment for those interested in learning about the Civil War.

San Francisco Economic and Workforce Development

Exhibitor 2018-2018 / Sponsor 2020

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) supports San Francisco’s ongoing economic vitality by strengthening its neighborhoods, businesses, commercial corridors and workforce.


Exhibitor 2018-2019

SFgenealogy is a California nonprofit organization whose primary purpose and highest priority is to provide FREE online genealogical and historical information for San Francisco, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the State of California.

San Francisco Ghost Sign Mapping Project

Exhibitor / Tour Guide

The San Francisco Ghost Sign Mapping Project aims to identify, document, research, map, and track the status of San Francisco’s remaining hand painted advertising signage.

San Francisco Heritage

Exhibitor 2020 / Speaker 2020 / Tour Guide 2020 / Host Committee 2020

Since 1971, San Francisco Heritage has been leading the civic discussion about the compatibility of rapid change with protecting our past. Heritage is a membership organization with a mission to preserve and enhance San Francisco’s unique architectural and cultural identity. This includes advocacy for historic resources, education programs, and tours and rental of the 1886 Haas-Lilienthal House.

San Francisco Historical Society

Exhibitor 2020 / Tour Guide 2020 / Host Committee 2020

The San Francisco Historical Society’s mission is to preserve, interpret, present, and disseminate historical data, information, and knowledge relating to the City and County of San Francisco so as to enhance the experience of living in or visiting San Francisco.

San Francisco History Alliance (Defunct)

Exhibitor 2016

The San Francisco History Alliance is an extensive collection of local and worldwide history groups, including San Francisco Remembered, who are working to transform history and share memories of San Francisco, as well as photography, and community news.

San Francisco History Association

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The San Francisco History Association was founded in 1982. It is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization whose members are dedicated to remembering our City’s colorful past, and to celebrating its rich culture today.

San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park

Exhibitor 2020 / Tour Guide 2020

Through preservation and interpretation of historic ships, extensive museum collections, traditional maritime skills, and its San Francisco Bay setting, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park brings America’s maritime legacy to life and promotes the understanding and enjoyment of the nation’s West Coast maritime heritage.

San Francisco Maritime National Park Association

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The San Francisco Maritime National Park Association is a not-for-profit organization bringing our maritime heritage to life through education, preservation and philanthropy.

San Francisco Media Archive


The San Francisco Media Archive is a non-profit institution dedicated to the acquisition, preservation and access of culturally significant film and related media. Our archive is composed of thousands of archival and historical films, videotapes and digital moving images in all genres. The San Francisco Media Archive offers many programs including weekly film screenings curated from our archives, an annual Home Movie Day film clinic and screening, tours, preservation and digital media internships for college credit, free transfers of home movies and stock footage licensing.

SFMTA Photo Archive

Exhibitor / Tour Guide 2020

The SFMTA Photo Department and Archive is both a working photography lab and an archives housing a collection of historic images taken by San Francisco transit photographers dating back to 1903.

San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation is dedicated to preserving historic movie theatres.  We believe that historic theatres contribute to the unique character of neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life of City residents.

San Francisco Neon

Partner 2020 / Tour Guide 2020

San Francisco Neon advocates for preserving historic neon signs with tours, talks, exhibits, consultations, and events including Neon Speaks is an annual festival and symposium on neon restoration. The mission of San Francisco Neon and Neon Speaks is to educate and advocate for the artistic legacy of historic neon signs: an enduring archive of design, craft, community , and city history.

San Francisco Planning Department

Exhibitor 2020

The mission of the San Francisco Planning Department, under the direction of the Planning Commission, shapes the future of San Francisco and the region by: generating an extraordinary vision for the General Plan and in neighborhood plans; fostering exemplary design through planning controls; improving our surroundings through environmental analysis; preserving our unique heritage; encouraging a broad range of housing and a diverse job base; and enforcing the Planning Code.

San Francisco Public Library

Exhibitor 2020 / Sponsor 2020

The mission of the San Francisco History Center is to illuminate the founding, growth and development of the City by providing primary and secondary resources. Located on the 6th floor of the Main Library, the Center serves all library users and levels of interest, from the merely curious to those engaging in scholarly research. Because of the Center’s archival function, it also administers the collections of the Hormel LGBTQIA Center.

San Francisco Tour Guide Guild

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The San Francisco Tour Guide Guild is a non-profit organization of professional tour guides and other members of the travel and hospitality industry who live or work in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our mission is to foster a standard of quality, ethics and professionalism among our members, using means such as continuing education and certification programs, and by setting forth a Code of Ethics and Professional Standards. We advocate for the advancement of tourism and the tour guide profession, and provide a liaison between tour guides and employers.

San Francisco Westerners Corral

Exhibitor 2018

Westerners International is committed to fun and scholarship in and about the American West. Westerners International was founded in 1944 and has over 60 corrals (or chapters) in the U.S., and 20 corrals abroad, with over 4,000 members around the globe. The San Francisco Corral was established in 1967.

Shaping San Francisco

Tour Guide 2020 / Host Committee 2020

Serving the City for 25 years, Shaping San Francisco is a participatory community history project documenting overlooked stories of San Francisco.  We define history as a creative act in the present, informing how we would like to live in the future. Our digital archive and historical walking and bicycle tours bring people together to learn how the City is shaped through the efforts of engaged citizens and from a perspective rooted in its overlooked and forgotten histories.

Society for Aviation History

Exhibitor 2016-2017-2018

The Society for Aviation History is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of aviation history or any related activity through the preservation of past, present, and future aviation history, the preservation of aviation artifacts: be it literature, aircraft, or support items, and the continued education of the general public in aviation related matters.

Society of California Pioneers

Exhibitor 2020 / Speaker 2020

Established in 1850, The Society of California Pioneers is dedicated to the study and enjoyment of California art, history, and culture. Founded by individuals arriving in California before 1850 and thriving under the leadership of several generations of their direct descendants, The Society has continuously served the academic community and the public. Today, as a nonprofit organization, it operates a research library and a museum, both housed in one of the iconic Montgomery Barracks Buildings on The Presidio of San Francisco.

The Solano County Historical Society

Exhibitor 2019

The Solano County Historical Society, established in 1956, is dedicated at preserving local history. We endeavor to document and share the places, stories, and events that have shaped our community. Our mission is to inspire an appreciation of local history and protect it for future generations.

SOMA Pilipinas, San Francisco Filipino Cultural District

Exhibitor 2020 / Speaker 2020

CULTURAL CELEBRATION : To increase the visibility and celebrate the contributions of the Filipino community in SOMA, San Francisco, California and the Diaspora; to sustain our legacy cultural institutions and events; and to develop our cultural arts, assets, and, place-making.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT : To prevent the displacement of Filipino residents, protect our historic and cultural assets, help develop and sustain our legacy institutions and support our anchor community organizations while improving the living conditions of the whole community.

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL JUSTICE : To develop initiatives for the Filipino community to thrive, and to support our community’s struggle for dignity, equity and rightful recognition.

South San Francisco Historical Society

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The Historical Society of South San Francisco, founded in 1971, is a nonprofit with a mission to bring together people interested in the history of our community. Understanding that history is basic to our democratic way of life, gives us a better understanding of our state and nation, and helps us to better appreciate our American heritage.

South San Francisco Library, History Room

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The South San Francisco Public Library History Collection is located at the Grand Library at 306 Walnut Avenue. The Grand Avenue Library is a historic Carnegie Library and is registered as a historic landmark. The collection contains local yearbooks, memorabilia, newspaper issues and clippings, journals, government documents, maps, phone books, pamphlets, books, oral history tapes, and magazines. The history collection also contains thousands of photographs.

Sutro Library, California State Library

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The Sutro Library is a two-part library specializing in genealogy and family history for the 49 states other than California. We also house a rich archive of research materials with primary documents that range from British politics and culture from the 1500s-1800s, to the establishment of the Mexican Republic.

Swanton Pacific Railroad Society

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The Swanton Pacific Railroad is a volunteer-run railroad that restores, maintains, and runs the steam locomotives from the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE). One of these locomotives is on display in the lobby of the California State Railroad Museum. The railroad and the 3200-acre Swanton Pacific Ranch in Davenport (65 miles south of San Francisco) were donated to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 1993, by Al Smith, second president of Orchard Supply Hardware.


Tenderloin Museum

Partner 2020 / Tour Guide 2020

The mission of the Tenderloin Museum is to promote the history and character of the Tenderloin neighborhood by offering education, artistic and charitable activities that support the neighborhood’s current vibrancy, future potential, & economic development.


Exhibitor 2019

Encouraging public exploration of natural water and how the city came to be a city from a natural space.

Time Machine Tours

Exhibitor 2018-2019

Time Machine Tours offer interactive and entertaining historical walking tours of San Francisco given as Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, and the Countess Lola Montez.

Treasure Island Museum

Participating Location 2020 / Speaker 2020 / Tour Guide 2020

The Treasure Island Museum’s mission is to preserve the island’s rich history and inform residents and visitors of the historical relevance to our world today. We also seek to invest in the island’s future through educational programs and community partnerships and inspire a new generation with the Bay Area’s spirit of ingenuity embodied by Treasure Island.

United Irish Cultural Center

Exhibitor 2020 / Speaker 2020 / Host Committee 2020

The UICC promotes Irish history and culture in San Francisco. It is a center for All Things Irish in SF.

The United States Mint, San Francisco

Exhibitor 2018-2019

Since our institution’s founding in 1792, the men and women of the United States Mint have taken great pride in rendering the story of our nation in enduring examples of numismatic art. To hold a coin or medal produced by the U.S. Mint is to connect to the founding principles of our nation and the makings of our economy.

USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum preserves and honors the legacy of USS Hornet, a national historic landmark, and its role in naval aviation, the defense of our country, the Apollo Program, and exploration of space. The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum connects the greatest generation of Americans with future generations, educating and inspiring them to meet their challenges.

UCSF Library Archives & Special Collections

Exhibitor 2019

The UCSF Library Archives and Special Collections is a dynamic health sciences research center that contributes to innovative scholarship, actively engages users through educational activities, preserves past knowledge, enables collaborative research experiences to address contemporary challenges, and translates scientific research into patient care. Its mission is to identify, collect, interpret, and provide access to rare and unique material. We support research and teaching of the health sciences and medical humanities and preserve the institutional memory of UCSF.

Victorian Alliance of San Francisco

Exhibitor 2020

The Victorian Alliance is a not-for-profit organization committed to the preservation and restoration of Victorian and other historic structures, particularly within the city of San Francisco.  Our mission is to support the restoration and preservation of historic buildings, landscapes, and artifacts through advocacy and education.

Visitation Valley History Project

Exhibitor 2016-2017-2018-2018

The Visitacion Valley History Project collects and preserves the history of San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood for this and future generations by sharing photos, oral histories, and ephemera.

Walking San Francisco, 49 Mile Scenic Drive

Speaker 2020 / Tour Guide 2020

The goal of Walking San Francisco is to introduce a new generation to SF’s historic 49 Mile Scenic Drive by turning it into a green, healthy WALKING adventure and telling the SF history all along the route.

Wells Fargo History Museum, San Francisco

Exhibitor 2018-2019

Located at the site where Wells Fargo first opened for business in 1852, the museum tells the story of how Wells Fargo provided banking and express services to pioneers in Gold Rush San Francisco, along with showcasing the company’s history.

Western Neighborhoods Project

Exhibitor 2020 / Speaker 2020 / Host Committee 2020

Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) was founded in 1999 to preserve and share the history and culture of San Francisco’s western districts. Through walks, talks, videos, podcasts, public events, community involvement, and an extensive web site, WNP tells the story of the Richmond, Sunset, Ingleside, and West of Twin Peaks neighborhoods. Since 2015, they also manage an auxiliary program called OpenSFHistory that preserves, digitizes, and makes available to the public online a large archive of historical San Francisco images from that span 1850s to the 1990s.

Western Railway Museum Archives

Exhibitor 2019

The Bay Area Electric Railroad Association and Western Railway Museum preserves the history of the regional electric railroads and northern California railroads by making archival materials available to researchers and by providing vintage electric railroad equipment rides on a restored portion of the Sacramento Northern Railway.

World War One Historical Association

Exhibitor 2018-2019

The World War One Historical Association (WW1HA) is a non-profit organization. It aims to encourage discussion, learning, scholarship, and independent research on the events surrounding the First World War.