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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

Colma: A Journey of Souls 


Tuesday, August 25

guest speaker: Richard Rocchetta

In 2014 SFHA gave the Colma Historical Society a Research Gift to help produce the film Colma: A Journey of Souls. Richard Rocchetta will briefly introduce this film created by local filmmaker Bryan Kingston of Kingston Media to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the incorporation of the unique town of Colma. The film traces the history of Colma from the early native Americans, its acceptance of thousands of bodies from San Francisco’s cemeteries, and the present Colma as a “city of souls.” After Richard’s talk, we will view the 35-minute film.


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Discovering the City’s History

through Family Histories

or 8 Families over 160 Years in 40 Minutes


Tuesday, September 22

guest speaker: David Fleishhacker

David Fleishhacker comes from one of the greatest known families in San Francisco history. He has spent a great deal of time researching not only the Fleishhacker family, but also others who had colorful histories. His cast of characters includes:
• A pioneer who made millions in the Alaskan fur trade 
• Someone who owned a large part of what is now Golden Gate Park
• A radical journalist, a feisty attorney who exposed the graft of Abe Ruef
• The first chancellor of UC Medical Center
• A stagecoach rider murdered by bandits
• 2 brothers who were among the wealthiest men in the state
• An Olympic gold medal winner
• A young man who succumbed to yellow fever while returning from Mexico
• A member of Ted Lewis’ orchestra
• A businessman who helped bring A.C.T. to San Francisco
. . . and many more fascinating people


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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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