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2015 meeting dates

January 27
February 24
March 31
April 28
May 26
June 30
July 28
August 25
September 22
October 27
November 24
December no meeting

The Politics on the Streets of Antebellum and Civil War in San Francisco 

Tuesday, November 24

guest speaker: Monika Trobits

In the late 1840s, a pueblo on the shores fo the Pacific burst into the instant city of San Francisco fueled by a worldwide migration in search of golden dreams. San Francisco's population skyrocketed from 800 to 30,000 mainly ten-dwelling residents. Theatres abounded, atrracting John Wilkes Booth's famous acting family to the city's stages. Southerners increased as war threatened the nations. Amid the daily dramas, duels, political rivalries and heated disagreements over slavery, statehood, and the coming war, San Francisco emerged as the Queen City of the West, located in the most representative of all the mid-nineteenth-century U.S. states. 

Monika Trobits' illustrated talk will discuss the lingering presence in San Francisco of te antebellum and Civil War eras. She is the author of Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco and will have books available for sale. 


Visit the meetings page for more details.



100th Anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition




February 20, 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), the World’s Fair celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal and showcasing San Francisco—its recovery from the ashes of the 1906 earthquake and fire and its world trade potential. Throughout 2015, the PPIE100, a citywide consortium of cultural, civic, and historical organizations, will conduct centennial programs to commemorate the PPIE’s historical significance and to reflect on its legacy.


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