San Francisco History Days 2020 Programs – Sunday

San Francisco History Days 2020 – Sunday

All Day – (In-Person) New Self-Guided Walking Tour of Pacific Heights with San Francisco Heritage

Learn more about some of our city’s grandest architecture with the new self-guided Heritage walking tour of Eastern Pacific Heights. With a helpful appendix on Victorian architectural aspects and terms, the tour covers approximately 15 blocks (0.8 mile) from Van Ness Avenue to Fillmore Street and starts at Heritage’s very own Haas-Lilienthal House. You can print out the tour from a PDF file or access it on Google Maps with your smart phone.
Please access the tour PDF HERE, which you can print out and bring with you on your walk. Additionally, you may access the Google Maps version of the tour on your smartphone HERE.
This event is free and no pre-registration is required.

All Day – (In-Person) Self-Guided Walking Tour of Chinatown with the San Francisco Historical Society

This “Secrets of Chinatown” walking tour, developed by tour guide Gloria Lenhart, begins at the San Francisco Historical Society Museum in the heart of San Francisco’s historic urban core.  Download the City Explorer San Francisco mobile app onto a mobile device by scanning the QR code on the front gates of the museum at 608 Commercial Street, site of San Francisco’s first mint.

Then the walking tour leads you on a journey of discovery through Chinatown, one of San Francisco’s oldest neighborhoods. There are 15 stops along the route. Portsmouth Square (where the Goddess of Democracy lives), Wentworth Place, the Chinese Telephone Company, Tin How Temple, and St. Mary’s Square are just a few of the places you’ll visit on the tour. Historic photos of Chinatown in the 1890s and early 1900s by noted photographer Arnold Genthe accompany the tour. The app provides background information about many of the stops.

Quizzes, a map of the route, and street views of each stop via Google earth make this journey one you shouldn’t miss. It’s free, it’s fun, and you can enjoy the tour from the comfort of your armchair.

This event is free and no pre-registration is required. 

All Day – (In-Person) Self-Guided Walking Tour of The Barbary Coast with the San Francisco Historical Society

This “Bohemians, Beats and the Barbary Coast” walking tour, developed by tour guide Gloria Lenhart, begins at the San Francisco Historical Society Museum in the heart of San Francisco’s historic urban core. Download the City Explorer San Francisco mobile app onto a mobile device by scanning the QR code on the front gates of the museum at 608 Commercial Street, site of San Francisco’s first mint.

There are 10 stops along the route. You’ll visit the Montgomery Block, the Belli Building, the Columbus Tower, and City Lights bookstore.  You’ll visit the Canessa Printing building, once home to the Black Cat Café, a gathering place for bohemian artists and one of the city’s first gay nightclubs.

Quizzes, audio recordings, a map of the route and street views of each stop via Google earth make this journey one you shouldn’t miss.  It’s free, it’s fun, and you can enjoy the tour from the comfort of your armchair.

This event is free and no pre-registration is required. 

All Day – (In-Person) Self Guided Walking Tour and Scavenger Hunt with the SFMTA Photo Archive

Walking Tour: Learn more about the history of transit in the Castro neighborhood with this SFMTA Photo Archive self-guided walking tour highlighting the 40thAnniversary of the Muni Metro Subway. The tour takes about 30 minutes, cover just over one mile, and centers around the area near the intersection at Market and Castro Streets.

The self-guided tour is available as a PDF document. There are two versions, each with the exact same content, but with different formatting to give you options for optimal viewing. The standard size works best for most purposes, including printing or viewing as a downloaded PDF, while the narrow size was designed especially for mobile devices with a small screen. You may want to test both versions to determine which size works for you.

Scavenger Hunt: This “ferries to fun” history scavenger hunt is for kids and kids-at-heart alike!  Take a trip down to San Francisco’s most famous clock tower for a search for hidden historical treasures. Can you find them all?

This event is free and no pre-registration is required.

All Day – (In-Person) Self-Guided Tour of Treasure Island with the Treasure Island Museum

You can access this map online and visit Treasure Island for a self-guided tour!

This event is free and no pre-registration is required.

10:00AM – (Virtual) The 49 Mile Scenic Drive with Walking San Francisco

Come celebrate San Francisco’s famous, 80-year-old, 49-mile loop trail around the city (and its totally cool pop icon, the seagull sign) during this fun, lively, history-packed virtual tour by the authors of “Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive.”

You’ll hear stories of San Francisco heroes and villains, from Crocker’s Spite Fence to the Freeway Revolt heroes; the origin of the “Drive” at the 1939-1940 Golden Gate International Exposition; about hidden gems such as the Warrior statue under the 101 freeway and lesser known tales of the Broderick-Terry duel site, buffalo soldiers in the Philippines, and more. Additional quizzes and sing-a-longs are fun for the whole family.

These are the authors who inspired the ongoing challenge to WALK the drive in one year, and whom the San Francisco Chronicle hailed as the “foremost experts on the Drive.” You won’t want to miss this excursion available from the comfort of your own homes.

This event is free but pre-registration is required.

11:00AM – (In-Person) Green City Gardens with the Planet Drum Foundation

As one of our few Participating Locations for San Francisco History Days 2020, Planet Drum is hosting renewing the native plant identification tags at their Green City Gardens located at Harper and 30th Streets on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 11am. The gardens are available for self guided explorations after the tags are replaced on Saturday and all day Sunday.

This event is free and no pre-registration is required. 

11:00AM – (Virtual) Ask an Author with Anne Evers Hitz

Join us for an informal “Ask an Author” session with Anne Evers Hitz, author of Lost Department Stores of San Francisco: Six Bygone Stores That Defined an Era (History Press, 2017) as well as Emporium Department Store (Arcadia, 2014) and San Francisco’s Ferry Building (Arcadia, 2017). Hitz is a proud fifth-generation San Franciscan with a long interest in San Francisco history, its lores and legends.

This Event is Free but Pre-Registration is Required.

11:00AM – (Virtual) Mining the Archives: Primary Sources from the California Gold Rush with the Society of California Pioneers

Designed to support remote learning, this program introduces open-access resources for students, teachers, and armchair historians. Featuring artifacts and manuscripts from the collection amassed and maintained by The Society of California Pioneers since 1850, these online portals offer primary sources that separate fact from fiction.

This event is free but pre-registration is required.

11:00AM – (In-Person) Haight-Ashbury with San Francisco City Guides

It’s 1967 and the sun is shining on San Francisco. You’re walking through the Haight-Ashbury, weaving through groups of long-haired kids smoking joints and laughing. As you pass the legendary Straight Theater, you hear Jerry Garcia and the Dead letting loose a psychedelic storm of sound. You’re in the Hippie Capital of the world.

But the story of Haight-Ashbury is much more than just tie dye and bell-bottoms — it’s an epic cultural transformation spanning from the 1906 earthquake, through the Great Depression and World War II, all the way to the ‘60s. See where the counterculture was born, and learn how the area’s unique position and community enabled its growth. Bring a smile and plenty of good vibes.

Pay what you can on a sliding scale of $0-15; pre-registration required.

11:00AM – (In-Person) Golden Gate Bridge with San Francisco City Guides

What more is there to say?

It’s an international symbol of San Francisco, a mind-blowing feat of engineering, and one of the most-photographed places in the entire world. The iconic Golden Gate Bridge has captivated locals and tourists alike since it opened in 1937. It was the world’s longest and tallest suspension bridge at its opening, and almost a century later, remains one of the most impressive structures ever built by humans.

Immerse yourself in the story of the Golden Gate, featuring soaring architectural design, stunning engineering, terrifying geology, ripping currents and tides, famous fog, sailboats, ships, marine mammals, fearless ironworkers, naysayers, conservative bankers — oh, and an absolutely breathtaking view. Experience a true wonder of the world — with guides who can tell you how it all happened.

Pay what you can on a sliding scale of $0-15; pre-registration required.

12:00PM – (Virtual) Ask an Author with Peter M. Field

Join us for an informal “Ask an Author” Q&A session with Peter M. Field, author of The Tenderloin of San Francisco Through Time (2019). He has lived in San Francisco since 1970, where he was a longtime homeless psychiatric case manager in the Tenderloin, as well as in other areas. He’s led walking history tours of the neighborhood for City Guides since 2006, and is the author of several articles and a book about the Tenderloin’s history.

This event is free but pre-registration is required.

12:00PM – (Virtual) Balclutha and Star of Alaska: One Ship, Two Names, and Very Mixed Experiences with San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Join us for a San Francisco History Days 2020 exclusive virtual tour of the Balclutha led by Park Rangers Christopher Edwards and J.R. Earnest.

The Full-Rigged Ship Balclutha is full of stories about challenge, strife, and survival. Often, these stories are interpreted through the ship’s voyages around Cape Horn. Difficult stories also manifest through the human experiences of her last career in the salmon fishing industry. During this time with the Alaska Packers Association (renamed Star of Alaska), stories of challenge, strife, and survival can be found in the plight of the cannery workers and how they became caught up in the tragic experience of debt peonage. Join Park Rangers Christopher Edwards and JR Earnest for a revealing look into the cannery workers and their shipboard living spaces.

This event is free but pre-registration is required.

1:00PM – (Virtual) Ask an Author  with Dale Fehringer

Join us for an informal “Ask and Author” Q&A session with Dale Fehringer, author of San Francisco: Legends, Heroes and Heartthrobs. 

A 40-year resident of San Francisco and a Noe Valley resident, San Francisco history is a passion and writing is a second career.

This event is free but pre-registration is required.

1:00PM – (Virtual) San Francisco Murals Under Assault: From the Victor Arnautoff GWHS Murals to Bernard Zakheim UCSF Toland Hall Murals with LaborFest

Join LaborFest for their San Francisco History Days 2020 program with Nathan Zakheim, art restorer and son of mural artist Bernard Zakheim; Dr. Robert Cherney, Professor and author of Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art; Lope Yap Jr. George Washington High School (GWHS) Alumni Association Vice President; Dewey Crumpler, Mural Artist of GWHS Response Murals; Gray Brechin, Art Historian, Founder of the New Deal Project and Author of Imperial San Francisco; Carol Lang, Professor CUNY and Member of AFT-PSC; and Jackie Broxton, Executive Director Of The Biddie Mason Charitable Foundation. 
San Francisco murals are threatened with destruction from the Victor Arnautoff murals at George Washington High to the Bernard Zakheim murals at Toland Hall at the University of California. This panel will examine their history and why they are under attack today.

This event is free but pre-registration is required. 

1:00PM – (Virtual) Heritage in the Neighborhoods with San Francisco Heritage

Kerri Young and Woody LaBounty from SF Heritage will share details on Heritage in the Neighborhoods, a new initiative to celebrate and defend under-recognized San Francisco neighborhoods. Tune in to this free virtual program to learn more about the program’s work this year in the Excelsior and Parkside, and how you can participate in the upcoming focus on the Marina District in October.
This event is free but pre-registration is required. 

1:00PM – (In-Person) Civil War San Francisco with Friends of Civil War Alcatraz

Steve Johnson, a member of the Friends of Civil War Alcatraz, will tell you about San Francisco during the Civil War at the Black Point overlook at this 30-minute guided experience of Upper Fort Mason. You will hear how and why the city was defended by a system of forts, the armaments used, and the attempt to steal gold by secessionists in 1863.

This event is free but pre-registration is required; the meeting location will be emailed to you upon registration. Space is limited to 10 attendees for health and safety. Limited parking is available at Upper Fort Mason.

1:00PM – (In-Person) Potrero Hill Walking Tour with the Potrero Hill Archives Project

Join Peter Linenthal of the Potrero Hill Archives Project for a one-hour guided walking tour that takes you from Pennsylvania Street all the way to the public housing tract located on the hill’s south slope.

Please note there are several steep hills on the tour. In addition, registration is capped at 10 people to ensure a safe and physically distanced gathering. Masks are required to participate.

This event is free but pre-registration is required. The starting location will be emailed to you upon registration.

1:30PM – (Virtual) Film Screening: “Finding Place” with Black X Film Festival

San Francisco History Days 2020 is proud to partner with Black X Film Festival to feature a curated selection of virtual programs. Join them for Finding Place, a collection of films centered around the idea of place as it pertains to home, refuge, community, and the politics of Blackness which denies access to places both physically and symbolically.

This event is free but pre-registration is required.

2:00PM – (Virtual) Making History: a panel discussion about writing and publishing history with the Mechanics’ Institute

A panel discussion about the ins and outs of historical publishing.Speakers include: Chris GruenerPublisher of Cameron Books, Laurie Krill Acquisitions Editor from History Press, Lee Brunoauthor and developmental editor from the Collective Book Studio, and Lana Costantinithe editor of the Argonaut, the journal of the SF Historical Society.  Moderated by Taryn Edwards, Librarian and Strategic Partnerships Manager for the Mechanics’ Institute.

This Event is Free but Pre-Registration is Required.

2:00PM – (In-Person) Civil War San Francisco with Friends of Civil War Alcatraz

Steve Johnson, a member of the Friends of Civil War Alcatraz, will tell you about San Francisco during the Civil War at the Black Point overlook at this 30-minute guided experience of Upper Fort Mason. You will hear how and why the city was defended by a system of forts, the armaments used, and the attempt to steal gold by secessionists in 1863.

This event is free but pre-registration is required; the meeting location will be emailed to you upon registration. Space is limited to 10 attendees for health and safety. Limited parking is available at Upper Fort Mason.

2:00PM – (In-Person) Murals & The Multi-Ethnic Mission with San Francisco City Guides

See how the culture, lore, and history of this neighborhood have literally left their mark on its walls! We start with a four-story mural at the Women’s Building and view many others, including an eight-story example at Bethany Center. We’ll invoke ghosts from the past, including Catholic missionaries, orthodox Jews, German Lutherans, and Palestinian refugees. But we won’t wallow in the past. The neighborhood is now a hipster magnet, full of modern construction and re-purposed buildings on the Mission Street “Miracle Mile.” Specific destinations may vary in this dynamic district where change is the only constant!

Pay what you can on a sliding scale of $0-15; pre-registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/murals-and-the-multi-ethnic-mission-tickets-116778374261

2:00PM – (In-Person) Castro: Tales of the Village with San Francisco City Guides

When Harvey Milk won his historic 1977 race for the Board of Supervisors, he ran the campaign out of his humble Castro District camera shop. For the past decade, a vibrant gay community had been taking root in the Castro — one that would come to transform San Francisco politics out of sheer collective willpower.

But long before it popped onto the national stage, the Castro was just dairy farms and dirt roads. Follow its journey through Scandinavian, and Irish hands, immigrants who started businesses, social organizations and political groups to create a community of their own.

You’ll learn about the evolution of the Castro’s architecture, historic businesses and the people and places that played a role in making the Castro one of the epicenters of the gay rights movement — a tradition that continues today.

Pay what you can on a sliding scale of $0-15; pre-registration required.

3:00PM – (Virtual) Ask an Author with Amy Trueblood

Join us for an informal “Ask an Author” Q&A session with Amy Trueblood, author of “Across a Broken Shore.”

Amy Trueblood grew up in Southern California only ten minutes from Disneyland which sparked an early interest in storytelling. Her debut, Nothing But Sky was a Spring 2018 Junior Library Guild selection. Her second novel, Across a Broken Shore, also a JLG selection, was recently selected by ALA as a 2020 Best Feminist Book in Children’s Literature and won the Gold Medal for Historical Fiction in the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

This event is free but pre-registration is required. 

3:00PM – (Virtual) Film Screening: “Jane’s Declaration of Independence”with the Presidio Historical Association

Join us for an exclusive San Francisco History Days 2020 live screening of the film “Jane’s Declaration of Independence” with a short introduction courtesy of Phil Faroudja and the Presidio Historical Association.

The recently rediscovered 1915 two reeler (approximately 20 minutes) is the earliest known film photographed in the Presidio. Shot at Fort Scott and nearby, the silent movie has been described as a feminist story with a strong woman protagonist.

The film was restored digitally by artists in Ireland. Some badly deteriorated footage has been vastly improved by the touch up. Live music was provided by a local group. If you missed it’s original screening at the recently renovated Presidio Theatre, now’s your chance to catch it again.

This Event is Free but Pre-Registration is Required.

3:00PM – (Virtual) Timothy Pflueger: Architect of Pacific Unity with the Treasure Island Museum

Among the architects in charge of creating the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939-1940, Timothy Pflueger was one of the most influential, and his Federal Building was seen as one of the few modernist designs at a fair that was mostly the last gasp of the Art Deco style. He also designed the California Building, the San Francisco Building, and the Court of Pacifica.

In all of these works, he hired many of his artist friends, such as Ralph Stackpole, who created the iconic sculpture of Pacifica. In 1940, when the fair was reborn for a second year, Pflueger hired the famed Mexian muralist, Diego Rivera, to create a massive mural that would eventually find a home in San Francisco. Rivera was a key attraction at the dynamic Art in Action exhibition, where fair goers could watch art work in progress.

Speaker: Therese Poletti, author of Art Deco San Francisco: The Architecture of Timothy Pflueger, and Preservation Director of the Art Deco Society.

This talk in Treasure Island Museum’s “Little Island – Big Ideas” Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Art Deco Society of California.

This event is free but pre-registration is required. 

4:00PM – (Virtual) Monuments and Markers: Uncovering the Philippine American War in San Francisco with SOMA Pilipinas

Uncover the connections between the US and the Philippines through relics and monuments in San Francisco highlighting pivotal moments at the turn of the 20th century. Presented by SOMA Pilipinas – Historian, MC Canlas with Q & A moderated by Arts and Culture Administrator, Rachel Lastimosa.

This event is free but pre-registration is required. 

5:00PM – (Virtual) Home Movie Screening with Home Movie Day Bay Area

Join us for a virtual version of Home Movie Day with selections of San Francisco home movies from local archives and the personal collections of HMD organizers. This year’s program will include the 1940 Golden Gate International Exposition, 1950s and 1960s San Francisco, Super 8 footage of the Mission District and various events in San Francisco in the 1970s, Folsom Street Fair in the 1990s, and more! We’ll also have opportunities for Q&A, along with presentations on how to care for your home movie collections on film and video from Antonella Bonfanti of BAMPFA and Jackie Jay of Farallon Archival Consulting.
This event is free and no pre-registration is required. You do not need a Twitch account to view and Stream it on Twitch.

Questions from the Q&A will come via email and from the Twitch chat. In order to participate in the Twitch chat, you’ll need a Twitch account. If you want to create a login, you can click the purple Sign Up button at the top right-hand corner of the Twitch homepage. Signing up requires an email address, but does not require any sort of payment information. If you do not want to create a Twitch account, you can send questions for the Q&A to hmdbayarea(at)gmail.com.

 

6:30PM – (Virtual) Brilliant Storefronts with San Francisco Neon and the Tenderloin Museum

San Francisco’s signs and storefronts represent the intersection of architecture, aesthetics, and advertising. From the radioactive-green cocktail outside Martuni’s piano bar to the crimson glow of a Mission Street drug store, the city has an abundance of hand-crafted neon signs and classic storefronts. Join us for an online tour via photos, footage, and ephemera of San Francisco’s historic and brilliant storefronts. Hosted by Martin Treu, author of Streets, Signs and Storefronts, along with Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan of SF Neon.

This event is free but pre-registration is required.