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2014 meeting dates

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



Gary Kurutz

John Martini

Amy Meyer

Paul Kozakiewicz


Saturday, July 12, 2014


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Reel San Francisco Stories 

Tuesday, July 29

guest speaker: Christopher Pollock

Have you ever wondered whether a movie you were watching was filmed in San Francisco or the Bay Area?Christopher Pollock will use a broad cross-section offilm genres to explore the role of film as an unintended but fortunate benefit to the preservation community. He will talk about how some on-location movies have become a record of places that have disappeared due to development, neglect, demolition, fire, and other reasons. In a few cases these are the only preserved images, which give a more three-dimensional view than that of a static photograph.

Chris’s new book, Reel San Francisco Stories: An Annotated Filmography of the Bay Area, lists more than 600 movies, from blockbusters to lesser-known indies entirely or partially set in the Bay Area since 1927. Books will be available for sale and signing.

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Where have all the San Franciscans gone - Colma?


Tuesday, August 26

guest speaker: Dale Seuss

Dale Suess will talk about the cemeteries that once dotted the landscape in western San Francisco. Dale is a former historian for Cypress Lawn Cemetery a co-founding member of the California Historical Cemetery Alliance and has served on the board of directors of the Old City Cemetery in Sacramento. As a noted historian in the field of mortuary customs, creative rituals, cemetery art and memorialization, Dale is one of the most knowledgeable speakers in his field and has lectured widely nationwide while also serving as a consultant to many funeral establishments. He owns an extensive collection of funerary items, slides, and photographs, and has researched, visited and photographed numerous cemeteries on the West Coast.

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25th Anniversary of the 1989 Earthquake


Tuesday, September 30

guest speakers:  Dennis Kennedy, Erica Arteseros, and Bert Doll

This panel features three San Franciscans who will talk about the dramatic Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989. The speakers will be: Dennis Kennedy (retired fireboat engineer), Erica Arteseros (program coordinator of the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team—NERT), and Bert Doll (a Marina resident at the time of the earthquake).

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