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26 February 2019

CGS at San Francisco History Days This Weekend, March 2-3

This coming weekend, San Francisco's historic Old Mint Building will become a pop-up museum of San Francisco history. This free, family-friendly event is open to all. Join community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, re-enactors, and other history enthusiasts to celebrate and discuss the City’s unique history. Ohlone and other indigenous peoples lead the opening ceremony and host cultural exhibits and presentations throughout the weekend. 

The city's multilayered history is represented in immersive exhibits and talks on subjects including Spanish colonialism, African-American pioneers, the Gold Rush, gay and lesbian rights, the Filipino influence on South of Market, and so much more. Films, including the post-quake 1906 short, "A Trip Down Market Street," are shown throughout the weekend. The newly restored model of 1940 San Francisco is on display. Costumed actors mingle with visitors and portray historic figures including Mark Twain and California's first poet laureate, Ina Coolbrith. Come in historical garb yourself and compete for prizes in a fashion show judged by "Countess Lola Montez," vintage clothier Cicely Hansen, and drag queen Honey Mahogany. The event typically draws several thousand participants over two days.  

CGS is proud to participate again this year. Our own San Francisco Special Interest Group is among the more than 75 exhibitors. On Sunday at 3:30 p.m., CGS President Vicky Kolakowski and artist Elina Ansary of Ghost Tour San Francisco will speak on the topic "Personal Histories: Find Your Family, Tell Their Stories."
For a complete schedule of events, visit the San Francisco History Days website. Then grab your friends and family and get ready to embark on a time-traveling adventure!

Photos by Shannon Reese, 2017.
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