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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

100th Anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition


Friday, February 20


February 20, 2015 marks 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.


Dolly Fine and the Fall of the House of McDonaugh: the 1937 Police Graft Investigation


Tuesday, February 24

guest speaker: Hank Chapot

Hank Chapot is a San Francisco native, Mission High and San Francisco State graduate, and an amateur historian. He will talk about Dolly Fine, a notorious and successful madam in 1930s San Francisco, who was a reluctant witness before the 1937 Grand Jury investigating police corruption. The mayor and board of supervisors, responding to public indignation over ill-gotten police fortunes, hired private investigators to investigate police riches acquired from horse-race bookie joints, after-hours saloons, hundreds of long established bordellos, pinball parlors, underground abortionists and even legitimate enterprises. Dozens of cops lost their jobs. Dolly, the city’s first profit-sharing madam, was the first woman ever prosecuted for contributing to the delinquency of minors. Dolly Fine’s story is portrayed in Chapot’s e-book Bordello Politique, which is available at http://www.amazon.com/Bordello-Politique-Hank-Chapot-ebook/dp/B006OC4XU6.

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San Francisco History Expo

Saturday, February 28  11 am to 5 pm

Sunday, March 1 11 am to 4 pm


The Old Mint
88 Fifth Street at Mission

Admission is $5, under 12 free
No one will be turned away for lack of funds

Join us at the Old Mint as more than fifty San Francisco organizations create "mini-museums" showcasing the diverse history of San Francisco's communities. In addition, there will be historic films, special programs, and more.

San Francisco Landmarks


Tuesday, March 31

guest speaker: Catherine Accardi

San  Francisco  is  one  of  the  most  recognized  and  beloved  cities in  the  United States,  brilliantly  illustrated  through a  visual history of  493  designed  local, state,  and  national  landmarks.  Catherine Accardi,  a  native  San  Francis-­ can, author,  and  historian,  will present  100  historical  images  of  San  Francisco landmarks  and San  Francisco’s North  Beach  and  Telegraph  Hill.  Catherine  has lived  in  San  Francisco  all  her  life  and  has  researched  and written about  the city’s  rich  heritage  for  four  decades.  Her books will  be  available  for  sale.

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