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January 30
February 27
March 27
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September 25
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November 27
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Tuesday, November 27: New Stairway Walks in San Francisco


Guest speaker: Alex Lemberg

Note that this is our last presentation of 2018! 

Meeting location: Newman Hall, Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California (at Webster)


Alex Lemberg and his husband, Kevin Cureton, traversed from Telegraph Hill to Mount Davidson, Sutro Baths to Hunters Point, on a journey to find every last public staircase in San Francisco. From breathtaking to banal, from easy to exhausting, Alex and Kevin walked up and/or down every single one. Building on top of the works of Adah Bakalinsky and countless other San Francisco explorers, their photographs will take you on a grand tour of the many hills of San Francisco, home to some of the most interesting stories and gorgeous vistas around.

Alex is a lifelong Bay Area resident, public interest attorney, nonprofit volunteer, urban explorer, occasional tour guide, and history enthusiast. He is a board member of the GLBT Historical Society and the Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association, and can usually be found with his mom, Tonya (an SF native and SFHA board member), greeting people at SFHA meetings. Pushed by his mom's love of the City and his Cal Geography professor Dick Walker's lens of local history, he endeavored to explore as much of his beloved home as he could. When he worked in Bayview-Hunters Point, he found numerous hidden staircases that were never included in the many published sources discussing San Francisco's hills and their pathways. And so, he and Kevin decided to find and document every last public staircase the City has to offer and share their secrets, vistas, and histories.


Doors open at 7 p.m. with refreshments and a historical book sale; presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 admission for nonmembers. Paid parking at CPMC on Webster, one block away, plus a limited amount of street parking. Muni: 1, 2, 3, 10, 22, 24.

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