Events Calendar

EVENTS CALENDAR

 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:00pm
Vertical Frontier Screening and Panel Discussion

Free for CHS members, $5 General Admission
Doors open at 5:45pm, Screening begins 6:15pm
RSVP: verticalfrontierchs.eventbrite.com

Join us for a special screening of Vertical Frontier followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Kristi Denton Cohen and Dick Duane, lead attorney on the case to list Camp 4 on the National Register of Historic Places.

About the film: From John Muir in the 1860s to the super athletes of today, Vertical Frontier is the character-driven story of the art, sport and philosophy of climbing the legendary big walls of Yosemite.

Illustrated by spectacular old and new footage shot on those granite walls, the story is told by the climbers. Their ranks include David Brower, Royal Robbins, Yvon Chouinard, Jim Bridwell, Lynn Hill, Hans Florine, Dean Potter and many more. They climb with artistry and sheer determination. They hold a strong attachment to the climbing traditions established in the Valley and a deep respect for the climbers that created them and went on to influence climbing and mountaineering worldwide. Nowhere is the expression of this way of life more pronounced than at Camp 4. Looking east, toward Half Dome, the morning sun reaches Camp 4 before any other campground in the Valley. For the climbers, this dusty, boulder-strewn campground is their mecca, their gathering place...and often their home. In 1997, the "flood of the century" wiped out housing and lodging around Yosemite Valley. When Camp 4, the heart of early rebel rock climbing culture, faces development by the National Park Service, a dream team of veteran climbers joins forces to save it. The story concludes as the climbers celebrate Camp 4 being named eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. (Editor's Note: Camp 4 was officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places in February 2003.)

 
Thursday, September, 18, 2014, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Third Thursdays at CHS

Join us every Third Thursday of the month for free admission to our exhibition, Yosemite: A Storied Landscape. Make crafts at our featured crafts table and dive into history with docent-led tours on the half hour.

About Third Thursdays: This event is part of the Yerba Buena neighborhood's Third Thursdays. Join in on the Third Thursday of each month in downtown San Francisco's Yerba Buena neighborhood for a monthly outing full of arts, food, and drink. Wander the blocks around Yerba Buena Gardens to soak in art and music. Pick up a wrist band at participating galleries and museums for a special Third Thursday all-night happy hour at participating bars and restaurants. Experience art immersion with special installations, performances, and events. At 6:00pm, drop by the CHS library and view a display of special typography-themed items from our archive.

 
Friday, September 19, 2014, 1:00pm
An Afternoon with Four Generations of California Basket Weavers

Free event at CHS

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/four-generations-of-california-basket-weavers-tickets-13059903523

Join us as we host Coast Miwok-Kashaya Pomo basket maker Julia Parker and her daughter Lucy, granddaughter Ursula, and great-granddaughter Naomi. Learn how these four generations of Parker-family women sustained Native basket making traditions that "carry the stories of an older California, of bracken fern patch and sedge bed, of all the Native women through the generations who gathered willow together."

Julia Parker is a prolific artist, teacher, and storyteller. Her family will be introduced by Deborah Valoma, author of Scrape the Willow Until It Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker (Heyday, 2013). This program is part of our ongoing effort to uncover the human stories of the Yosemite Valley through Yosemite: A Storied Landscape, an exhibition, eBook, and public program series.

 
Sunday, September 21, 2014, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
We are CA: Artist Q&A and Wine Reception with Juan de Marcos

Free event at CHS

RSVP: rsvp@ybgfestival.org

Following the Afro-Cuban All Stars concert in Yerba Buena Gardens, meet the legendary Juan de Marcos in an informal and engaging Q&A conducted by Chelis Lopez of KPOO-FM Radio, followed by a wine reception.

A central figure in Cuban music for three decades, Juan de Marcos has set himself a lifetime mission: to show the wealth, diversity, and vitality of Cuban music to the world. His work with super groups and incredible artists such as the Afro-Cuban All Stars, the Buena Vista Social Club, Rubén González, Ibrahim Ferrer, Sierra Maestra, and others has had extraordinary success in introducing the whole range of Cuban music around the globe.

Co-presented by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, California Historical Society, Museum of the African Diaspora, with generous support from WESTAF.

 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:30pm
Museums and Diversity with Bay Area Emerging Museum Professionals

Doors open at 6:00pm, discussion begins at 6:30pm

Free event at CHS

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/museums-and-diversity-tickets-4143465216

What can museums do to be more inclusive and representative of their communities? How can we improve current hiring and managing practices to reflect and support diversity? What does "diversity" mean and look like in a museum context? Join the Bay Area Emerging Museum Professionals at CHS for an engaging discussion, a working group session, and networking event. Hear from a panel of passionate experts and emerging professionals who will discuss how diversity affects their workplaces from both their professional and personal points of view. After the panel discussion we will break out into groups, discuss challenges in our fields, and develop concrete goals for our personal and professionals lives.

Panelists include: Anthea Hartig, Executive Director of CHS; Brenda Salguero, Education Assistant for Hayward Area Historical Society; Autumn King, Marketing and PR Manager for Chabot Space and Science Center; others: details to come.

 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Afternoons with Yosemite: A Storied Landscape –Screening and Tour Event

View a screening of Ken Burns' documentary Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit, followed by docent-led tours of the exhibition Yosemite: A Storied Landscape. This program is included in the $5 general admission (free admission for CHS members). No reservations are required.

 
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 12:30pm
Reel California - Fate of Heaven Screening

Doors open at 12:30pm, Screening begins at 1:00pm
Free for CHS Members, $5 General Admission
RSVP: fateofheaven.eventbrite.com

The Sundance Institute's and Yosemite Conservancy's 1989 documentary classic "Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven" is narrated by Robert Redford. This moving film evokes the spectacular, primeval Yosemite of 100 years ago and looks at the contrast of Yosemite today, a park that must accommodate over three million visitors a year. "The most beautiful valley in the world" is seen through the eyes of those who struggle day after day to preserve it - the rangers, trail builders, firefighters and naturalists - and from the perspectives of the backpackers, rock climbers, tourists and backcountry skiers who came to revel in its sheer ageless beauty. The result is a remarkable vision of Yosemite's past, present and future.

Originally released in 1989. Running time: 58 minutes

 
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Smithsonian Magazine's Tenth Annual Museum Day

Free Event at CHS

CHS is celebrating Smithsonian Magazine's tenth annual "Museum Day Live!" with free admission for yourself and guest, including tickets to our exhibition Yosemite: A Storied Landscape. Please register to receive your free admission: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/tickets/?no-ist

About Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at participating museums or cultural institutions. Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian's commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admissions policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C.

 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:00pm
A Hard Road on Gold Mountain: The Early Chinese in Yosemite

Free for CHS Members, $5 General Admission

Doors open at 5:45pm, Discussion begins at 6:15pm

RSVP: https://ahardroadongoldmountain.eventbrite.com

From astonishing road-building feats to elaborate backcountry feasts, the early Chinese in Yosemite contributed greatly to Yosemite National Park's history. National Park Ranger Yenyen Chan will share stories of how they arrived, the challenges they faced, and the lasting contributions they made in the park.

 
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:00pm — 9:30pm
San Francisco Time Travel Project – Phoenix Rising

Doors open 6:00pm, program begins 7:00pm
$12 for CHS and Odd Salon Members, $15 General Admission
RSVP: http://sftimetravelphoenixrising.eventbrite.com

Journey with us back in time as we reveal the stories, people, lost landmarks, and ephemeral wonders of the San Francisco Bay Area. Each month from June to November, Odd Salon, a community of history enthusiasts and experts, will tell the city's weird and wonderful history through cocktail-hour talks highlighting the most fascinating, overlooked, strange, and intriguing stories from the city's past, one era at a time. To help bring these stories to life, CHS archivists and librarians will showcase objects of intrigue, including maps, photos, ephemera, rare books, and historic items from the CHS Collection in a series of pop-up exhibits in CHS' North Baker Library.

Each program in this series will feed off audience participation and will provide a raucous environment for guests. Pre-reception begins at 6:00pm and will include a viewing of CHS collection items in the library. No food or drink is allowed in the North Baker Library. Event begins at 7:00pm with presentations until 7:45pm. A 20-minute intermission begins at 7:45pm and ends at 8:10pm with a second viewing of items in the CHS library. The program concludes at 9:30pm.

There will be a Cash Bar and Cash Only for Merchandise table. Nearest ATMs are on New Montgomery (Bank of America and Chase Bank), Market Street, and at Walgreens, Tart to Tart, the Metreon, and Target.

 
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Yerba Buena Art Walk

Free

Experience the art and culture center of San Francisco's downtown in the Yerba Buena neighborhood. Start off the day with a pre-event champagne reception at the California Historical Society and visit Yosemite: A Storied Landscape. Join us for screenings of Ken Burns' A Gathering of Spirit throughout the day. Then check out other neighborhood participating galleries and institutions. Finally, end up at the Art Walk After Party for a prize drawing where you can mix and mingle with the art crowd. Experience Yerba Buena!

 
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:00pm
Reel California: Viewings of Short Films from Range of Light Film Festival

Free for CHS Members, $5 General Admission
RSVP: https://yosemiteshortfilms.eventbrite.com

Join us for a special presentation of short films from the Range of Light Film Festival, a unique festival of films screened in and about Yosemite. Learn more about the inaugural Range of Light Film Festival from its founder, Steven Bumgardner, and hear from filmmakers who made stunning short films for the Film Festival.

About the Range of Light Film Festival

2014 Theme: The theme for the inaugural Range of Light Film Festival is 150 Years of Yosemite. In June 2014 we celebrated the establishment of Yosemite as a protected area, the genesis of the national park idea and our park as the birthplace of international land conservation. On June 30, 1864, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed an unprecedented bill, the Yosemite Grant, which set aside the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley as the nation's first protected areas. The seed of an idea was planted – that our nation's most magnificent and sacred natural spaces should be preserved for everyone and all time. Indeed, the national park movement grew nationally and internationally from President Lincoln's bold action, and today helps define who we are as Americans.

The history and many tales about Yosemite are often overshadowed by the park's world famous and iconic features such as Half Dome, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. The film festival displayed how filmmakers, artists and storytellers have been inspired and used the park as a backdrop for their creative and varied interpretations. Audience members left the festival with a greater appreciation for Yosemite, having viewed it in new and surprising ways, and a renewed sense for the importance of conservation, maintaining public lands, and preserving natural resources for future generations.

Film portion of the program: 50 minutes
Discussion among speakers: 30 minutes

 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 6:00pm — 9:30pm
San Francisco Time Travel Project - Speakeasies and Skyscrapers

Doors open 6:00pm, program begins 7:00pm
$12 for CHS and Odd Salon Members, $15 General Admission
RSVP: https://speakeasiesskyscraper.eventbrite.com

Journey with us back in time as we reveal the stories, people, lost landmarks, and ephemeral wonders of the San Francisco Bay Area. Each month from June to November, Odd Salon, a community of history enthusiasts and experts, will tell the city's weird and wonderful history through cocktail-hour talks highlighting the most fascinating, overlooked, strange, and intriguing stories from the city's past, one era at a time. To help bring these stories to life, CHS archivists and librarians will showcase objects of intrigue, including maps, photos, ephemera, rare books, and historic items from the CHS Collection in a series of pop-up exhibits in CHS' North Baker Library.

Each program in this series will feed off audience participation and will provide a raucous environment for guests. Pre-reception begins at 6:00pm and will include a viewing of CHS collection items in the library. No food or drink is allowed in the North Baker Library. Event begins at 7:00pm with presentations until 7:45pm. A 20-minute intermission begins at 7:45pm and ends at 8:10pm with a second viewing of items in the CHS library. The program concludes at 9:30pm.

There will be a Cash Bar and Cash Only for Merchandise table. Nearest ATMs are on New Montgomery (Bank of America and Chase Bank), Market Street, and at Walgreens, Tart to Tart, the Metreon, and Target.

 
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:00pm
History Speaks - Yosemite's Big Trees, Past and Future with Jared Farmer

Doors open at 5:45pm, Program begins at 6:15pm
Free for CHS members, $5 General Admission
RSVP: bigtreesyosemite.eventbrite.com

From inception in 1863, Yosemite National Park has included the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoia in addition to Yosemite Valley. The Big Trees are fundamental to the past and future of the park. Join prize-winning historian Jared Farmer as he gives an illustrated lecture on California's most visited sequoia grove—home of two of the world's most famous plants, the Grizzly Giant and the Wawona Tunnel Tree—and provides an overview of contemporary management challenges relating to tourism, fire, and climate change.

 
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:00pm
History Speaks - John Muir's Continuing Inspiration

Doors open at 5:45pm, Program begins at 6:15pm
Free for CHS & Sierra Club members, $5 General Admission

Doug McConnell, of Bay Area Backroads, and Sierra Club historian Harold Wood will discuss the life and legacy of John Muir. More details coming soon.

 
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 12:30pm
Reel California - Youth in Yosemite Film Festival

Doors open at 12:30pm, Screening begins at 1:00pm
Free for CHS members, $5 General Admission
RSVP: https://youthinyosemite.eventbrite.com

Join us for a screening of films from the Youth in Yosemite Short Film Contest. Listen to the filmmakers discuss their process and work in the midst of our exhibition, Yosemite: A Storied Landscape.

 
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6:00pm
History Speaks- Norman Clyde: Legendary Mountaineer of California's Sierra Nevada

Doors open at 5:45pm, Program begins at 6:15pm
Free for CHS members, $5 General Admission
RSVP: sierramountaineer.eventbrite.com

Historian and author Robert Pavlik discusses his new book, Norman Clyde: Legendary Mountaineer of California's Sierra Nevada. This riveting account of one of the most notable personalities of the mountain climbing world reconstructs the life of legendary mountaineer Norman Clyde (1885-1972). He made his mark on history with more than one hundred and thirty first ascents throughout western North America, and many believe he knew the High Sierra better than anyone else, including John Muir. Part of his mystique comes from participating in high-profile mountain rescues and recoveries, in which he is credited with saving a number of lives. Those who had the good fortune to meet him–often with a ninety-pound pack on his back that included an anvil for boot repair, fishing rods, cooking pots, and books in Greek and Latin–never forgot the experience. Biographer Robert C. Pavlik uses Clyde's own words, along with recollections from his family, friends, fellow climbers, and acquaintances, to capture the experiences of a remarkable man and a bygone time "between the pioneers and the rock climbers."

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