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Saturday, July 9, 2016

San Francisco Italian Athletic Club 

1630 Stockton Street

No-Host Bar 6:30 p.m.
Dinner 7:30 p. m.

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(415) 750-9986

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Bovines, Dynamite, and High-Flying Shows:

The Amazing History of Glen Canyon in San Francisco


Tuesday, July 26

guest speaker: Evelyn Rose

Cows ruminating, chemists concocting, elk ranging,aeronauts parachuting,and activists protecting. All this and more comprise the amazing history of Glen Canyon Park. Evelyn Rose will tell us all about it during her fascinating presentation. Evelyn founded the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project (GPNHP)in 2014,covering Glen Park, Glen Canyon, Sunnyside, Fairmount Heights, and Diamond Heights. She is currently chair of the GPNHP, and writes a quarterly history column for the Glen Park News.


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How to Research Your San Francisco Home—for FREE


Tuesday, August 30

guest speakers: John Blackburn and Vicky Walker

Want to know the history of your home or street, even if you don’t live in a particularly old building or historic S.F. neighborhood? Wondering who lived there before you did, and where they came from? Vicky Walker and John Blackburn of the Bernal History Project present an illustrated guide to researching a San Francisco building using free and online sources. This is an interactive presentation, so feel free to come with stories and photos of your own home.

Vicky Walker and John Blackburn represent the Bernal History Project, a local volunteer group that aims to record and share the history of San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood. Vicky is an SFHA board member and also its research gift coordinator; John is a retired private investigator and earthquake refugee shack historian.

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Lighthouses of the Bay Area


Tuesday, September 27

guest speaker: Betty S. Veronico

The first lighthouse built on the West Coast was located on Alcatraz Island in the center of the Bay. It was put into service in July 1853 equipped with the latest technology for the time: a Fresnel lens, manufactured and shipped from France. In later years, the Bay Area was home to as many as 19 lighthouses, 6 on the approach to the bay and 13 within it. Lightships were stationed outside the Golden Gate, tasked with directing ships safely into the bay. Author Betty S. Veronico will discuss the light stations and light ships closest to San Francisco. Betty is the author or co-author of five local history books, including Lighthouses of the Bay Area. (Her books will be available for purchase.) She is currently gathering material for a forthcoming book on light ships.

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