Emperor Norton's Time Machine
Tuesday, November 26
guest speaker: Joseph Amster
Our guest speaker will be Joshua Norton, aka Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. Emperor Norton takes us back to the Gold Rush days of San Francisco and will regale us with tales from his life, including his arrival in San Francisco, his rise as a successful businessman, his unfortunate rice incident, and his ascension to the throne as the United States’ first emperor. Hear details from his regal life, his numerous proclamations, the story of his Imperial Currency, his numerous competitors, the legend of Bummer and Lazarus, the tragic night of January 8, 1880, and much more.
Joseph Amster is a tour guide, journalist, amateur historian, California native, and resident of San Fran- cisco on and off since the ‘70s. He and partner Rick Shelton founded Time Machine Tours, offering histori- cal walking tours as characters from SF history. His tours include Emperor Norton’s Fantastic San Fran- cisco Time Machine, launched in July 2011, and an Emperor Norton waterfront tour, made possible by a grant from the San Francisco History Association.
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Congratulations to our 2013 award receipients!
San Francisco Recreation and Parks
Campaign to Save the Golden Gate Windmills
Mr. Richard Reinhardt
Mr. Paul Rosenberg
Visitacion Valley History Project
For more information visit Awards page.
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