Chinatown Walking Tour

What: A walking tour of Chinatown

Where: Chinese Historical Society of America museum at 965 Clay Street

When: February 25th at 10:30 AM

Certain words, such as fog, sourdough bread, and cable car, can elicit certain feelings and memories with anyone who has been to San Francisco. Chinatown is no exception to this category. Millions of visitors travel to San Francisco’s Chinatown to eat dim sum, see the fortune cookie factory, and watch lion dancing if they are lucky enough. While these activities gather a lot of attention today, the history of San Francisco’s Chinatown is deep rooted and extends all the way back to the 1850’s. With over 100 years worth of stories, memories, and experiences, BayNet invites you to explore this long lasting and ever changing community with the Chinese Historical Society of America.

The Chinatown walking tour will take about 1.5 hours and visits 24 different landmarks of historical, social, and cultural significance. It is our hope that after our Chinatown walk, you will be have a better understanding of this deeply treasured community.

This event costs $20 per person. Registration is limited to 15 people, so act fast! You can register for this event here. We look forward to seeing you there!

*Walking tour prices also include admission to the museum.

Note: This tour is contingent upon the weather. If the rain is forecast, the walking tour will be substituted by a docent-led tour of the Chinese Historical Society of America museum. 

From Marshes to Air Travel Masses: The Origins and Development of SFO

SFOPlease join us for Travel Month at the South San Francisco Public Library!

Ranked the seventh busiest airport in the United States, San Francisco International Airport, or SFO, serves tens of millions of air-travel passengers yearly. From its humble origins as cow-pasture and marshland belonging to the Mills Estate, to major international airline hub and gateway to the Pacific and Asia, the history of SFO’s development will be presented by Dennis Sharp, the Curator of Aviation at SFO Museum, through words and images. The presentation will also include an overview of SFO’s exhibition program, the SFO Museum.

This free event will take place Tuesday, March 21, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the South San Francisco Municipal Services Building, located at 33 Arroyo Drive in South San Francisco.

For more information or to request sign interpretation or other accommodation, please call 650-829-3860 at least 10 working days before the event.

Editor’s Note: This event submitted by Anissa Malady, Reference Librarian at South San Francisco Public Library

Digital Public Library of America Special Collections Holiday Lecture

Bringing Special Collections Together at the Digital Public Library of America

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On Wednesday, January 7, at 6:00 PM, the Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center and the San Francisco History Center present Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), in the Koret Auditorium of the San Francisco Public Library. Cohen will speak about this exciting new national project for our annual Holiday Lecture. He will address how Special Collections are able to share their collections more widely through DPLA. We encourage our library, archive, and museum colleagues to join us as we work to build the infrastructure for DPLA participation in California.

Dan Cohen is the Founding Executive Director of the DPLA, where he works to further the DPLA’s mission to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all. Prior to his tenure, Dan was a Professor of History and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

His books include Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web, and he most recently edited Hacking the Academy : New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching From Digital Humanities. 

Editor’s Note: This event promoted by Susan Goldstein, City Archivist at the San Francisco Public Library.

“March” with Congressman John Lewis, 9/20, 2pm

March: Book One, a graphic novel about civil rights

March: Book One, a graphic novel about civil rights

The San Francisco Waldorf High School Lecture Series presents:

“A Champion for Civil Rights on the Continuing March for Equality”

with Congressman John Lewis of Georgia and Andrew Aydin, Congressional Aide
moderated by Adam Hochschild, UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2 PM
Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore Street
San Francisco

Congressman John Lewis of Georgia is an American icon, one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement.  His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.

Lewis was a leader in many of the most dramatic campaigns of the movement:  the lunch counter sit-ins, the Freedom Rides and the March on Washington where he gave a speech (he is now a sole surviving speaker of the March) as well as the historic march in Selma, Alabama.  He has been an apostle of nonviolent civil disobedience in his pursuit of justice and is one of America’s most courageous champions of human rights.

To inspire a new generation to engage in the continuing battle for human rights, Congressman Lewis and Andrew Aydin recently authored March: Book One, a graphic novel, on Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, and a meditation “on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.”

National Book Award-nominated historian Adam Hochschild, moderator, is one of the co-founders of Mother Jones magazine and author of many books including King Leopold’s Ghost: a Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa. He teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at the UC Berkeley.

RSVP for the event here:

Email or call 415-875-7212 for more information