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2014 meeting dates

January 28
February 25
March 25
April 29
May 27
June 24
July 29
August 26
September 30
October 28
November 25
December no meeting

25th Anniversary of the
1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake 

October 17, 2014 

Commemorations around the Bay Area

Loma Prieta 25
Commemorate. Connect. Prepare.

Friday, October 17 
12 – 7 pm
Exploratorium Plaza (Open to the Public) 
Commemorative Program 4:30 pm 
Free Admission to the entire Exploratorium after 4:00 pm
Bay Area Earthquake Alliance

About the Loma Prieta Earthquake:

25th Anniversary Events:


SFHA monthly meeting

Tuesday, September 30

guest speakers:  Dennis Kennedy, Erica Arteseros, and Bert Doll

This panel features three San Franciscans who will talk about the dramatic Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989. The speakers will be: Dennis Kennedy (retired fireboat engineer), Erica Arteseros (program coordinator of the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team—NERT), and Bert Doll (a Marina resident at the time of the earthquake).

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San Francisco's Playland: The Golden Years


Tuesday, October 28

guest speaker: James Smith

James R. Smith will present an illustrated chronicle of the rise and fall of Playland at the Beach, one of America's favorite historic amusement parks.  The interactive discussion includes rare photographs of Playland's rides, attractions, and behind-the-scenes operations and a retelling of the stories.  Smith spent time at Playland as well as having documented it.  The presentation focus is on the years from 1940 until 1972 as portrayed in Smith's recently published book, San Francisco's Playland at the Beach: The Golden Years.  These years encompassed the growth years as well as the decline and demise of this park. 

A fourth-generation San Francisco native, historian James R. Smith is the author of San Francisco's Lost Landmarks; San Francisco's Playland at the Beach: The Early Years (1914-1940); San Francisco's Playland at the Beach: The Golden Years (1940-1972), and a large number of historical articles.  Books will be availabe for sale.

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1906 Revisited
An Evening with Gladys Hansen


Tuesday, November 25

guest speakers: Gladys Hansen and Richard Hansen

Gladys Hansen, San Francisco's archivist emeritus, has dedicated her career to researching and sharing information about the 1906 earthquake and fire. One of her accomplishments has been to identify the actual number of people who died in the 1906 disaster. She has written several books about San Francisco history, including Denial of Disaster and San Francisco Almanac. Recently, she co-authored (with Richard Hansen) 1906 San Francisco Earthquake; and the e-book, Earthquake, Fire & Epidemic: Personal Accounts of the 1906 Disaster with Richard Hansen and Dr. William Blaisdell. She is also the founder of The Virtual Museum of the City San Francisco http://sfmuseum.org/

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