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2018 meeting dates

January 30
February 27
March 27
April 24
May 29
June 26
July 31
August 28
September 25
October 30
November 27
December no meeting


  • subject and speaker details announced each quarter on our home page 
    (see full 2018 schedule below)
  • last Tuesday of every month
  • doors open at 7 p.m.; program begins at 7:30 p.m.
  • light refreshments
  • bookstore featuring San Francisco historical nonfiction
  • general admission $10; SFHA members admission is FREE

Our new meeting location from January 2018:

Newman Hall, Congregation Sherith Israel

2266 California (at Webster), SF 94115.

There is paid parking at CPMC on Webster, one block away, plus additional parking available on surrounding streets, and easy access to Muni lines 1, 2, 3, 10, 22, and 24.

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About our meetings

SFHA meetings are a perfect place to meet and mingle with other San Francisco history lovers, as well as to explore our city's enchanting history in depth. Each month we present a talk usually accompanied by a slide show from an expert in a particular area of San Francisco history. Monthly presentations cover a diverse variety of local history stories, whether it's the story of a neighborhood, a look at scandalous city residents, or vintage photos of a now-lost San Francisco.

Presentations start at approximately 7:30 p.m. SFHA hosts a social hour starting at 7 p.m., during which you can peruse SFHA's bookstore, chat with members, and enjoy light refreshments. The social hour is also a great time to purchase raffle tickets to help fund our organization and for a chance to win that month's piece of San Francisco memorabilia.

Have a speaker in mind for a SFHA meeting?

Please contact our Program Coordinator, Kit Haskell:

2018 meeting schedule


Tuesday, January 30, 2018
The History of the Anchor Brewing Company
guest speaker: Dave Burkhart


Tuesday, February 27, 2018
See You at the Seven: Stories from the Bay Area's Last Original Mile House
guest speaker: Vanessa Garcia


Tuesday, March 27, 2018
The Irish in San Francisco's Mission District
guest speaker: Elizabeth Creely


Tuesday, April 24, 2018
From Labor to Reward: Black Church Beginnings in the Bay Area
guest speaker: Martha C. Taylor


Tuesday, May 29, 2018
A Second Final Rest: The History of San Francisco's Lost Cemeteries
guest speaker: Trina Lopez


Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and San Francisco: A Love Affair
guest speaker: Will Maynez


Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Treasures of the San Francisco Fire Department Museum Collection
guest speaker: Jamie O'Keefe


Tuesday, August 28, 2018
The History of Congregation Sherith Israel
guest speakers: Joseph Amster and Judi Leff


Tuesday, September 25, 2018
150 Years of the San Francisco SPCA
guest speakers: Sarah Gerrish and Andra Young


Tuesday, October 30, 2018
How Everything Started in San Francisco While We All Thought We Were Just Fooling Around
guest speaker: John Law


Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Stairway Walks in San Francisco
guest speaker: Alex Lemberg


no meeting in December




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