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1906 Earthquake & Fire Remembrance

The countdown to 5:12 a.m.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

4:30 AM

Schedule of Events:

4:30 am: Commemoration of The San Francisco Great Earthquake & Fire at Lotta’s Fountain (Geary, Market & Kearny Streets)
4:45 am: Master of Ceremonies Welcome Remarks
5:00 am: Vintage fire truck parade arrives at Lotta’s Fountain
5:00 am  Mayor, Fire Chief, Police Chief introduced. Mayor hangs wreath

5:11 am: Countdown announced
5:12 am: Sirens
5:13 am: Minute of silence
5:14 am: Sing-a-long “San Francisco”
5:15 am: Announcements and invitation to 20th and Church Golden Hydrant Painting

 5:30 am: 20th and Church Golden Fire Hydrant Painting then wreath placed by the San Francisco History Association 




AUTO - plenty of parking downtown near Lotta's Fountain at 4:30 am; parking available near Golden Hydrant - search may take just a moment or a few minutes; parking available in paid lots near Lefty O'Douls

BART & MUNI - visit to plan your trip; trains may be running from your starting point or may require the all nighter bus service;  all trains will be running after the event



Splendid Survivors


Tuesday, April 25

guest speaker: Joseph Amster 

Many people assume that the devastation caused by the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fires was total, but a surprising number of buildings within the fire zone survived and are still with us today. Some burned but were rebuilt, while others survived unscathed. We walk past many of them every day, unaware of their status.

Which neighborhood was saved because of whisky? Why did a cluster of Market Street buildings survive? What damage from the fire can still be seen? Which grand hotels burned, but were refurbished? Why is the phoenix on San Francisco’s city flag and seal (it’s not because of 1906)?

Join historian, tour guide, and SFHA board member Joseph Amster to learn the answers to these questions and the stories behind these survivors.

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Walking SF’s 49 Mile Drive

Tuesday, May 30

guest speakers: Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson 

San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive was born in 1938 when the world was invited to visit San Francisco for the 1939–40 Golden Gate International Exposition and think about doing business here. The “49 mile” loop trail around the city was a great hit! In 2013, Poggioli and Eidson walked the entire route—not in one day (sheesh!), but over one year. Then they researched the history along each mile of the drive and turned their adventure into a turn-byturn guidebook, cleverly titled: Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive. This lively program is filled with the quirky, unknown history they uncovered on the way. Books will be available for sale.

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The Founding of the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic

Tuesday, June 27

guest speaker: Dr. David E. Smith

The 1967 “Summer of Love” brought thousands of young people to San Francisco. While the youth were celebrating, some people were concerned about the health and drug problems coming to the city. Dr. David Smith founded the Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic to help solve these problems. He will talk about the founding of the clinic and the evolution of the free clinic movement.

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