San Francisco History Events Calendar

Recurring Events

Guided Tours of the Paramount TheatreFirst & third Saturdays of each month
10 AM-Noon
First & third Saturdays of each month, 10 AM-Noon. 2025 Broadway, Oakland. Tours begin at the Box Office entrance on 21st Street near Broadway. $5. No reservations necessary. 510.893.2300 x 801
Adventures at Sea: Life Aboard a 19th Century Sailing Shipdaily
2:15 - 3:00 pm
Join in on a guided tour of the historic ship Balclutha. Discover the hardships and rewards of the sailors who fought for survival during the treacherous Cape Horn passage. Vessel Admission: $5, Free for visitors 15 and younger. On the Balclutha at the Hyde Street Pier. 415.447.5000
Open again: Oakland Museum of CaliforniaWed - Sun,
11 am - 5 pm
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA reopened its galleries May 1 after a transformation that touched almost every aspect of the 300,000 square-foot Museum and builds on the founders' original multidisciplinary and civic-minded intent by improving integration of OMCA's collections and programs.
Tour: Adventures at Sea - Life Aboard a 19th Century Sailing Shipdaily
2:15 - 3:00 pm
Join in on a guided tour of the historic ship Balclutha. Discover the hardships and rewards of the sailors who fought for survival during the treacherous Cape Horn passage. Vessel Admission, $5 per person, children under 16 FREE. Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. 415.447.5000
Exhibit-The Architecture of San Francisco’s ChinatownJan 4, 2011 to Jan 1, 2011
Tuesday-Friday 12-5 pm; Saturdays 11 am – 4 pm
The striking architecture of Chinatown is explored from its beginnings in the mid-19 century through the rebuilding following the Great Earthquake & Fire of 1906 to its presence as one of the country’s most vibrant and enduring neighborhoods.Exhibit can be found at CHSA, 965 Clay Street, San Francisco. $3 Admission.
*San Francisco EatsMonday 10-6; Tuesday-Thursday 9-8; Friday 12-6; Sat 10-6; Sunday 12-5
San Francisco Eats showcases the culinary delights that can be found in the San Francisco Public Library's collections dating back to the mid 19th century and will serve as a visual feast for visitors of all ages. This exhibition includes menus, historical photographs, an array of food writers, cookbooks and culinary history, ephemera such as coasters and matchbooks, and San Francisco food inventions, including gadgets and signature dishes.Exhibit can be found at in the Jewett Gallery at the SF Main Library 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. Free.
Gallery of California HistoryWed, Thurs, Sat, Sun 11-4; Fri 11-9
This gallery is based on the theme of Coming to California —an idea that evokes not only the arrivals and departures of people throughout human history and their interactions with the inhabitants already here, but also the notion of coming to terms with the influence of California on our individual and collective identities.Exhibit can be found at the Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland. Admission $12.
Exhibit-Finding Jake Lee: The Paintings at Kan’s Feb 12, 2011 to Jan 1, 2012
Hours Tuesday-Friday 12-5 pm; Saturdays 11 am – 4 pm;Closed Sunday, Monday, and Holidays
In the early 1960s, restaurateur Johnny Kan commissioned a series of water color paintings by artist Jake Lee. For many years, these stunning paintings hung in the private Gum Shan (“Gold Mountain”) dining room of the landmark Kan’s Restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Each Jake Lee painting showcases specific aspects and milestones in early Chinese American history, including scenes of San Francisco’s Chinatown, railroad-building in the Sierra Nevadas, Sonoma wine country, cigar & lantern factories, and the 1888 champion Chinese fire-hose team of Deadwood, South Dakota. Admission $3.
Digging Deep: Underneath the San Francisco Public LibraryJan 1-ongoing
10 Am to 5 Pm
The current Main Library rests on a Gold Rush-era cemetery and the ruins of the old City Hall destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. The archaeological remains pulled from the site include everyday and unusual objects that tell the story of the development of the Civic Center and the city's earliest residents. Exhibit: Ongoing, Main Library, First Floor, Grove Street Entrance Exhibit Cases 100 Larkin Street (at Grove)
Street Food: 1906 Earthquake Kitchens Oct 1, 2012 to Sep 11, 2012
Check website for library hours.
This fall, the San Francisco Public Library is exploring local author Rebecca Solnit’s A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster for our One City One Book 2012/California Reads program. After the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, San Francisco citizens banded together to feed their neighbors. Improvised kitchens with free food and warm social spaces developed as people gathered to cook and eat. As Rebecca Solnit says about one such improvised kitchen organizers, “Just as her kitchen was one of many spontaneously launched community centers and relief projects, so her resilient resourcefulness represents the ordinary response in many disasters. In them, strangers become friends and collaborators, goods are shared freely, people improvise new roles for themselves.” The photos in this display, found in the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection, located in the San Francisco History Center on the 6th floor, show a city torn but banding together for survival and, as will be found with good food, even some pleasure in the face of disaster. Free.
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