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2017 meeting dates

January 31
February 28
March 28
April 25
May 30
June 27
July 25
August 29
September 26
October 24
November 28
December no meeting

Hidden in Plain Sight


Photo Courtesy Bancroft LibraryTuesday, January 31

guest speaker: Steven Sodokof

Steven Sodokoff will trace the steps of San Francisco history through public clocks, commerce, and transportation. From the originsof Yerba Buena and Portsmouth Square to the 1906 earthquake and the rebuilding renaissance of the city, he will share stories told by a few prominent figures representing the cultural diversity that has made our city great. He will talk about San Francisco history from time balls to “popcorn.” Steve calls himself a time ambassador, a fourth generation fine jeweler, and a history enthusiast who leads walking tours about San Francisco’s oldest public timepiece at Old St.Mary’s Church in Chinatown and San Francisco’s most iconic monumental clock tower at the Ferry Building.

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Home Front San Francisco in WWII

Tuesday, February 28

guest speaker: John Freeman

Certain watershed events in San Francisco history, like the Gold Rush of 1849 and the Earthquake & Fire in 1906, profoundly changed the city. World War II was another one of those pivotal events, as hundreds of thousands military personnel passed through this area and thousands of civilians arrived to work in war related industries in the Bay Area. In commemoration of this 75th anniversary of the U. S. entry into the war,John Freeman will examine the profound changes to the civilian population in the San Francisco Bay Area.John Freeman is a native San Franciscan who is teaching a course on this topic at the Fromm Institute in the winter quarter.

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OpenSFHistory Noe Valley to Diamond Heights


Courtesy of a Private Collector via OpenSFHistory.orgTuesday, March 28

guest speakers: Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher

OpenSFHistory is a project by the Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) to scan and make available to the public more than 100,000 historical images of San Francisco donated to the nonprofit organization by a private collector. Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher, cofounders of WNP, will present selected views from the collection of today’s Noe Valley and Diamond Heights neighborhoods, and share the stories behind the snapshots. Highlights include agricultural and architectural past, stunning natural landscapes,and the early origins of the 24th Street, Church Street, and Outer Mission Street commercial corridors.

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