Finding the Freshet* that Foiled François
Tuesday, May 31
guest speaker: Joel Pomerantz
When Joel Pomerantz looks at the old “mammoth” print by Carleton Watkins, he sees something most people don’t see: the house that is not there because it was crushed and washed away from this spot just before the photo was taken. In his research on the history of San Francisco waterways, Joel came across evidence of extreme flooding, misfortune, and mistaken storytelling, leaving him fascinated by the way early history comes to us quite differently than in most cities. He’ll tell the story of F.L.A. Pioche’s bad luck, a new view of the Watkins photo, and connections to overflowing and destructive dune ponds in March 1862. The narrative includes intrigue, murder, wealth, railroads, pianos, suicide, philanthropy, innovative technology, insanity, and natural history (oh, and water). Joel received a research gift from SFHA and this program will describe what his research uncovered.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
San Francisco Italian Athletic Club
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Dinner 7:30 p. m.
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The 1871 San Francisco City Hall
Tuesday, June 28
guest speaker: Glenn Lym
The collapse of this City Hall during the 1906 earthquake was widely assumed to reflect shoddy construction and political corruption But in fact it was conceived at a time when city government was viewed more idealistically. The City Hall was designed as a monument to the entire city. Its public entrance was built on axis with the emerging, working-class South of Market district, which it faced and towered over. An elegant carriage entrance to the north was provided for the upper classes on Nob Hill and along Van Ness Avenue.
A minor food riot that broke out at its groundbreaking foretold the intense class and race struggles that would engulf the city after the late 1870s. An effective coup d’état following the 1906 earthquake ended the rule of labor politicians who were independent of the established Republican and Democratic political parties. The Civic Center that we now know, was based on the urban political values of this post-earthquake outlook.
This documentary was partially funded by a grant from the San Francisco History Association.
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