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18 February 2016

Back from the Dead: SF History Expo is now San Francisco History Days

San Francisco History Days, formerly SF History Expo, will be held March 4-6 at “The Old Mint” in San Francisco.  For more details and transportations options, check out:

What’s happening?  
A FREE Community Open House on Saturday and Sunday (Mar 5 & 6) at the historic “Old Mint” comprised of a series of pop-up, San Francisco history museums.   

They’re hosted by many local organizations that celebrate and tell the stories of the City's unique past and staffed by community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, historical re-enactors and other history enthusiasts.  Past history weekends at the Old Mint have brought together dozens of organizations to celebrate and tell the City’s unique history, and have attracted several thousand participants. 

Note:  Friday, March 4, 2016 is set aside exclusively for students.  We are not participating in the Friday events.  

Schedule of Events 

11:00 AM to 5:00 PM for Saturday, March 5 

Theater One
12:00 PM: San Francisco History Association – Magic Lantern Slides
Speaker: Ron Ross

1:00 PM: Freedom Archives and the GLBT Historical Society Archives – Re-framing the Archive: From Preservation to Community Engagement
Speakers: Claude Marks and Nathaniel Moore of the Freedom Archives with Joanna Black and Jeremy Prince of the GLBT Historical Society

2:00 PM: AfroSolo Theatre Company – Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett: The Man, His Life, and the Street Named After Him (1914–1997)
Speaker: Thomas Simpson

3:00 PM: The Private Collector, Western Neighborhoods Project, and Open SF History – 100,000 Pictures
Speakers: Woody LaBounty, Nicole Meldahl, and David Gallagher

Theater Two
1:00 PM: Cable Car Museum – Cable Car Powerhouses and Car Barns, Their Design and Construction
Speakers: Don Holmgren and Mike Phipps

2:00 PM: Bernal History Project – How to Research your SF House—For Free!
Speakers: Vicky Walker and John Blackburn

3:00 PM: National Japanese American Historical Society – World War II Internment
Speaker: TBD

11:00 AM to 4:00 PM for Sunday, March 6

Theater One
12:00 PM: San Francisco History Association – Magic Lantern Slides 
Speaker: Ron Ross

1:00 PM: San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco History Center – Digital Preservation: Identify What You Have
Speaker: Christina Moretta

2:00 PM: Historypin – Mapping the Visual Histories of SF Neighborhoods
Speaker: Kerri Young, Historypin Community Officer

3:00 PM: Victorian Alliance – Northern California 19th Century Architecture 101 
Speakers: Professor Hank Dunlop and Author Paul Duchscherer

Theater Two
1:00 PM: Maritime Museum – The Ocean: A Highway or a Barrier?  An exploration of the historic ship collection at Hyde St. Pier
Speaker: Ranger Chris Edwards

2:00 PM: Living New Deal – San Francisco Transformed: The Coit Tower and Rincon Annex Murals, and What the New Deal Did for The City In Between
Speakers: Gray Brechin and Harvey Smith

3:00 PM: Treasure Island Museum – Pacific Pageant: Treasure Island and the Golden Gate International Exposition
Speaker: Anne Schnoebelen
How is The California Genealogical Society involved?  
Our exhibit theme is the California Gold Rush, featuring our genealogical publication, The California Nugget.  We'll have enthusiastic volunteers available to help provide San Francisco family history search information. 

Volunteers Needed!  Would you like to help?  
We need you to help with the following:  welcome visitors at our table exhibit, discussing the benefits of a society membership and genealogy library, describing our sponsored educational activities (classes, events) and the SF-SIG (Special Interest Group) research monthly group meeting.  A basic training session, given by Sandra Huber, will take place 30 minutes before your volunteer shift begins to make sure everyone is ready.

For more information, please contact Coordinator, Sandra Britt-Huber.  She’ll be there helping on both days and is currently looking for volunteers to fill our 2-hour shifts.  Sandra can be reached at [email protected]

What times are volunteers needed for each day (Sat & Sun)?
  • 10:00 AM - NOON
  • NOON - 2PM
  • 2PM - 4PM
  • 4PM - 5PM (Saturday only)
*Closing times:  Saturday the event closes at 5PM.  Sunday the event closes at 4PM.

Why is the event important?
It brings San Francisco's rich history to life and helps us understand what makes the city unique.   When it was known as the SF History Expo, it was well attended by those who have a love for all things San Francisco.  

It's important to us because it draws large and diverse crowds from around the Bay area that get introduced to us.  They learn about our society and our library's vast collection of genealogical research materials.  

In addition, past visitors to our table have expressed an interest in our SF-SIG, so they can learn more about their SF family connections.  

Ready to come and see what this event is all about?  Great, we hope to see you there!

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