Sunday Schedule of Events

Main Floor, Room 13 (Coiner’s Office)Ohlone and Indigenous Peoples Room

Telling the Long History of This Place

Ramaytush Ohlone Chairperson Jonathan Cordero and local indigenous people invite you to learn about the history and culture of the original inhabitants and more recent native presidents of the San Francisco Bay Area and California from native peoples themselves. In this room we will be honoring and promoting life and cultural continuance through ceremony, storytelling, published work, exhibition of creative work, and presentations by native leaders on topics such as education, relocation, and culture.

2:30 p.m.: Indian Relocation, Alcatraz, the Urban Indian Experience and Poetry

Speakers: Mary Jean Robertson, KPOO Voices of the Native Nations radio show host, and Kim Shuck, current San Francisco Poet Laureate


Theatre One

Main Floor, Room 7–Silver Melting Room

11:15 a.m.: Find Your Family, Leave a Legacy

Speaker: Linda Harms Okazaki, California Genealogical Society, Past President

Every family has a history waiting to be discovered, documented, and shared. When tracing your ancestry, it’s important to look at the laws and the history of the time. Linda will present examples of San Francisco residents, showing how their lives intersected with moments in history, and will discuss the use of traditional research techniques, coupled with digital records, and the use of DNA. Attendees will come away with an understanding of how to begin researching their own roots, regardless of ethnic or geographic origins. 


Noon: Raise Your Gladsome Voices: The Story of America’s First Suffrage March and the Glen Park Women at the Heart of It

Organization: Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project

Speaker: Presented by Evelyn Rose

Dramatic vignette written and directed by Amy O’Hair; performed by Valerie Fachman and Haley Roth-Brown

Establishing the roots of today’s local civic activism, neighborhood women in the new district of Glen Park in 1908 soon developed into impassioned suffragists, and dared to help organize America’s first march in support of women’s right to vote. We will present the history of suffrage activism in Glen Park and San Francisco, and how resident Johanna Pinther played a key role in this history-making event.


1 p.m.: Virtual Tour: San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive—in 35 Minutes!

Speakers: Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn EidsonWalking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive

Created for the 1939 Golden Gate Expo, San Francisco’s loop trail around the city—and those seagull signs—have been a big hit for 80 years! Come explore its famous sites, quirky history, heroes, and villains; learn how the authors became the first people known to have WALKED the entire route (over one year); and maybe get inspired to walk it yourself!


2 p.m.: Nature in the City Map History Meets Future

Organization: Nature in the City

Speaker: Amber Hasselbring

This talk dives into the making of our new map — listen in to celebrate the abundance of nature and unique ecosystems found right at our doorstep and orient to a sense of time and place.


3 p.m.: The Garibaldi Greenhouses and the Portola’s Floricultural Legacy

Organization: The Greenhouse Project

Speakers: Public historian Stacy Farr and Portola District community members

Stacy Farr will join the Greenhouse Project and Portola community members to discuss the city’s unique and only remaining parcel of historically agricultural land – an entire block of abandoned greenhouses located in SF’s official Garden District. Join to learn more about this exciting project, the city’s floricultural legacy, and how 770 Woolsey is setting a precedent for the preservation of cultural use and legacy activity.

The greenhouses at 770 Wolsey. Photo by Christopher Michel via The Greenhouse Project

SF has one remaining historic nursery. Located in the City’s Garden District, the University Mound Nursery has galvanized the Portola community to cherish its rich agricultural past and to advance a vision for the property as an educational urban farm. Join us for a deep dive into this site’s heritage and future promise!


Theater Two — Vault Level

Vault 1Carpenter’s Shop


11:15 a.m.: Fortune to the Bold: How the French Found Their Dream in Gold Rush California

Organization: French Mutual Benevolent Society

Speaker: Claudine Chalmers

The French Mutual Benevolent Society began in 1851 when sailing ships were the fastest way to travel and the streets of San Francisco were still unpaved. The founders of La Societe built California’s foremost medical institution of the early 20th century, the French Hospital, which was the most advanced private hospital in the West. The French Hospital offered a health plan that was the first private , pre-paid health plan in the country, and the first HMO when these were established under Nixon. Dr. Claudine Chalmers will present a slideshow on the French rush to California and the subsequent founding of French Mutual Benevolent Society, the French Hospital, and first HMO in the country and the development of mutual aid in San Francisco.


Noon: The Irish Fair of 1898 and the Efforts of the Irish Societies to Build an Irish Center

Organization: United Irish Cultural Center

Speaker: Valerie McGrew

This presentation describes the efforts of the Celtic Union to construct an Irish Center in the early 20th century. It gives a glimpse into the life of the working-class Irish community in San Francisco during this period.


1 p.m.: How San Francisco Lost its Railroad and Other Fables

Organization: Alameda Sun/Alameda Museum

Speakers: Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos

Why is it that San Francisco missed out on having the Transcontinental Railroad terminus within its borders? How is it that in 1869 upstarts like Oakland and the tiny hamlet of Alameda earned this distinction instead? Enter Alameda’s mini-railroad baron, Alfred A. Cohen. Learn how a little-known entrepreneur ended up helping the “Big Four” cover the last 90 miles from Sacramento to San Francisco Bay – months after the golden spike ceremony.


2 p.m.: 100 Years of the Twin Peaks Tunnel

Organization: Western Neighborhoods Project

Speakers: Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher

Twin Peaks Tunnel circa 1970. Image courtesy OpenSFHistory

On February 3, 1918, San Francisco Mayor James Rolph drove the first streetcar through the Twin Peaks Tunnel. Market Street connected with West Portal, and the southwestern corner of the city boomed with new development over the next decade. Woody LaBounty from the Western Neighborhoods Project will show historical images and video of the tunnel’s construction and opening, and explain why a hole in the ground meant so much to the city in 1918, and perhaps even more in 2018.


3 p.m.: Created in San Francisco: The Golden Gate City’s Gifts to Gastronomy

Organization: Time Machine Tours

Speaker: Joseph Amster

San Francisco’s food scene is world famous, but did you know many classic dishes and drinks were created here? Learn the stories behind the martini, the fortune cookie, the It’s-It, Green Goddess dressing, Chicken Tetrazzini, and many more.

Author Room/Bookstore (12–Coiner’s Weigh Room)

11 A.M.–1:30 P.M.: Meet the Authors

Devon Angus & Ivy Anderson — Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute

Vanessa Garcia — See You at the Seven: Stories from the Bay Area’s Last Original Mile House

Richard Hurley — California and the Civil War

Carol Jensen — Contra Costa Maritime History

Denise Sullivan — Your Golden Sun Still Shines: San Francisco Personal Histories and Small Fictions

Monika Trobits – Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco: A Western Theatre for Northern & Southern Politics


1:30–4 P.M.: Meet the Authors

Lee Bruno – Misfits, Merchants & Mayhem: Tales from San Francisco’s Historic Waterfront, 1849–1934

Anne Evers Hitz – San Francisco’s Ferry Building

Randall Ann Homan and Al Barna – San Francisco Neon: Survivors and Lost Icons

Richard Schwartz – The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis

Barbara Wilcox – World War I Army Training by San Francisco Bay


In the Vaults


Theatre 3

The Roxie Theater Screening Room: Films in the Vault

Lower Level–Vault 5


11:15 a.m.: San Francisco Cinema Rarities: A Tribute to Stephen Parr

Organization: Oddball Films

Speaker: Adam Dziesinski

An archival 16mm tribute to the late Oddball Films and SFMA founder Stephen Parr featuring a selection of rare, historic films drawn directly from the Oddball Films archive and Stephen’s past SF History Days screenings. Come for eye-popping documentaries, zany amateur films, vintage news outtakes, campy local commercials, and much more!


12:45 p.m.: Labor in the Bay Area and Beyond: Selections from the California Light and Sound collection

Organization: California Revealed

Speaker: Erin Hurley

From the collections of partner institutions such as the Pacific Film Archive, the Bancroft Library, and UC Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Library, this program includes archival moving image and audio recordings that highlight workers of all kinds, employment benefits, and the Central Valley’s rich history of labor activism. Presented by California Revealed, a State Library program that helps libraries, archives and historical societies digitize, preserve and provide online access to their collections related to state history. 


2:15 p.m.: Dogpatch Ranch – Origins of a Chinese American Family

Speaker: Glenn Lym

Documentary film telling the story of Glenn’s Chinese great-grandfather Lim Lip Hong, his great-grandmother Chan Shee, and the family they raised in the late 19th century on a ranch in Dogpatch in the Potrero District of San Francisco on the then Bay shoreline.


All weekend in the Vaults

Main Hallway

FACADES: Central City Architecture

Artist: Patrícia Araujo

“Hibernia meets F&C,” oil on canvas by Patricia Araujo (2018)

V3 – Store Keeper Room

100 Years of Clean Power for San Francisco:  A History of Electricity from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Organization: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Power Enterprise

Hetch Hetchy Valley, June 1916. Image courtesy

On May 6, 1918, the City and County of San Francisco began generating its own hydropower from the City’s water supply at the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. This local source of clean energy is greenhouse gas-free and currently supplies one sixth of San Francisco’s total electricity, powering facilities like San Francisco International Airport, Treasure Island, the San Francisco Zoo and all public schools. Today, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is working to make the energy grid even greener with the City’s new Community Choice Aggregation program called CleanPowerSF. Come chat with staff about the past and future of clean energy in San Francisco, see old maps and transmission line blueprints, and enjoy dramatic historical films of the Hetch Hetchy Power system.


V6 – Blacksmith Vault

Rope Walk Wearables

Organization: Museum of Craft and Design

We’re honoring the Tubb’s Rope Walk that existed right across from where the Museum of Craft and Design is today. We’ll explore knot techniques and create wearable rope accessories for visitors of all ages. A craft that is knot to be missed!

V8 – Coal Store Vault

San Francisco and the Concert-Poster Movement

Organization: The Rock Poster Society

Since 1965, San Francisco has been a world-renowned center for concert posters. This exhibition, jointly curated by members of The Rock Poster Society, will feature selected offset lithographs from the 1960s and recent screen prints, the medium of choice among contemporary concert-poster artists.

V9 – Vault

The Twin Peaks Tunnel and the K-Ingleside at 100: 1918 to 2018

Organization: SFMTA Photo Archives

Take a ride through San Francisco’s past on the K-Ingleside, and explore the creation of a portal to the west via the Twin Peaks Tunnel. This exhibit of images from the SFMTA Photo Archive will travel through history on one of Muni’s oldest lines.

V10 – Vault

St. Cecilia Parish Centennial Photo Archive

Organization: St. Cecilia Parish

St. Cecilia Parish in the Parkside District celebrated its centenary during the 2016-2017 school year. This photo exhibit, on public display for the first time, represents the “all 100 years” timeline that was produced for the final celebration of the centennial year.