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2017 meeting dates

January 31
February 21
March 28
April 25
May 30
June 27
July 25
August 29
September 26
October 24
November 28
December no meeting

Con Artists of San Francisco


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Guest speaker: Paul Drexler  


Con men (and women) are performance artists with larceny in their souls. They fascinate us with their ability to manipulate, their nerve, and their clever scams. Some of the most imaginative and fascinating con artists have practiced in San Francisco. Whether posing as a successful miner, a prosperous widow looking for matrimony, or an aristocratic physician, they have separated us from our money with great aplomb. Crime historian and  2017 SFHA award winner Paul Drexler will discuss some of these San Francisco scams and scammers, including perhaps the greatest quack of the 20th century, and one of the most brilliant long cons in history.

Paul Drexler is a crime historian, tour guide, and writer. He has a regular column, “Notorious Crooks,” in the Sunday San Francisco Examiner. He collaborated with the late Kevin Mullen, retired SFPD deputy police chief and expert on San Francisco crime, to develop his walking tours, Crooks Tours of San Francisco

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The Gold(berg) Era: The History of Jews in San Francisco

Tuesday, September 26

guest speaker: Judi Leff

SF native and SFHA board member Judi Leff will discuss why Jews were attracted to the Bay Area, what they faced in their countries of origin, what they brought to the party, and what they have contributed to the city and environs. This diversity of styles and opinions plays a key role in the large number of synagogues, temples, and organizations founded and maintained by the Jewish community. Our journey will include Washington Bartlett, William Leidesdorff, Emperor Norton, Levi Strauss, and the 11 major related families.


Our September 26, 2017, 
meeting will be
at a different location:


Congregation Sherith Israel
Newman Hall
(Corner of California and Webster)


Paid parking lot avaialable one block away at California Pacific Medical Center, 2401 Clay St.
Muni lines: 1-California (exit at Webster St.) or 22-Fillmore (exit at Sacramento St.)


The History of SF's Ferry Building

Tuesday, October 24

guest speaker: Anne Evers Hitz

More information to be announced.  

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