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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


The History of San Francisco's Ferry Building

Tuesday, October 24

guest speaker: Anne Evers Hitz


Anne Evers Hitz will talk about the Ferry Building, one of San Francisco’s most famous landmarks.

For many years, visitors traveling to San Francisco came via ferry, and the Ferry Building stood ready to welcome them. In the 1920s, the Ferry Building was the world’s second-busiest transit terminal, with more than 50,000 people a day passing through the elegant structure, which was designed by architect A. Page Brown and had opened in 1898. When the 1906 earthquake struck, the venerable waterfront icon stood above the ruins. By 1939, with the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge both open, ferry traffic decreased.

By the late 1950s, ferry service ended altogether, and the building's beautiful facade was blocked by the double-decker Embarcadero Freeway. With the freeway’s demise after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the Ferry Building was restored and reopened in 2003. It is once again a beacon of civic pride, a landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and a public space that anchors the San Francisco waterfront.

Anne Evers Hitz is the author of San Francisco’s Ferry Building (Arcadia Publishing, 2017). Her books will be available for sale and signing.


A Century of Looking Back: San Francisco Through Magic Lantern Slides

Tuesday, November 28

Guest speaker: Ron Ross, SFHA founder and president

For our last meeting of the year, Ron will share his collection of rare magic lantern slides, featuring dozens of photographs of early San Francisco, including 1906 earthquake scenes and images from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Ron has great stories to tell to go with the pictures — andgroup participation is encouraged at this program!