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PPIE100 events and exhibits:

City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World’s Fair: California Historical Society Feb 21, 2015 to Jan 10, 2016

At CHS headquarters at 678 Mission Street, we invite you to take a journey inside the exposition to see what fairgoers would have encountered 100 years ago in the grand palaces, exotic foreign pavilions, and the amusement midway known as the Joy Zone. At the Palace of Fine Arts, we explore this city within a city. The only PPIE building saved from demolition, the Palace of Fine Arts was repaired in the 1930s and reconstructed in the 1960s. Visitors will see how the fair, a city of wonder with its own water, power, and transportation systems, and even a dedicated fire department, entertained and enchanted millions of people from around the world.

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California Historical Society

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California Historical Society

Past events:

Community Day at the Palace of Fine Arts: Feb 21, 12PM – 5PM

A community event honoring the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition to kick off a year of Centennial events. Opening festivities include a UKE-a-thon and all kinds of unique activities and entertainment. Bring a ukulele and join hundreds, perhaps thousands of others as San Francisco attempts to break a world record where the ‘UKE’ craze began.

Reuben Hale Family Collection Exhibit: The Mechanics' Institute, Jan 22 to Mar 31, 2015

See the family heirlooms of Reuben B. Hale, a retail tycoon and president of the SF Merchant’s Association in the early 1900’s, who is considered to be the originator of the grand idea to host an international exposition in San Francisco.

World’s Fair on Film: San Francisco 1915: Presidio Trust &San Francisco Silent Film Festival Feb 19, 07:00PM – 09:00PM

Anita Monga, artistic director of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, will host an evening of evocative images and film footage with live piano accompaniment. The presentation traces the physical and psychological transformation of San Francisco spurred by the exposition, the impact of Hollywood visitors like Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand, and the power of the then-fledgling motion picture to preserve history and shape its narrative. film-san-francisco-1915/

Illuminating the Jewel City: Spectacular Lighting the Panama-Pacific International Exposition: San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, The Old Mint Feb 10, 7:30PM – 09:00PM

Laura Ackley, author of San Francisco’s Jewel City, will discuss the elaborate and groundbreaking lighting effects created for San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. The lighting effects included the Great Scintillator, the Tower of Jewels, and the Electric Kaleidoscope. General Admission: $10 ($5 for seniors, students, K-12 teachers, and persons with disabilities) SFMHS Members: Free

California Invites The World: California State Capitol Museum 1315 10th Street, Sacramento Through April 23, 2015

View rarely displayed items from the special collections of the California State Library, including hundreds of never-before-seen photographs. A copy of a sculpture that graced the Exposition, Adolph Weinman’s “Night Descending” will also be on display, courtesy of Hearst Castle. For more information, call (916) 324-2088.

Source: The official website of the Centennial Celebration,

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