Events Calendar

EVENTS CALENDAR

 
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:00pm — 9:30pm
San Francisco Time Travel Project – Gilded Lily

Doors open 6:00pm, program begins 7:00pm
$12 for CHS and Odd Salon Members, $15 General Admission
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-francisco-time-travel-project-gilded-lily-tickets-11654339443

At Odd Salon GILDED LILY, speakers will share short stories from fin-de-siecle San Francisco (1880–1900), including: Adolph Sutro's grand visions for palatial hotels, glass bathhouses and nickel trains at Land's End, the wonders of the city's first international exposition in 1894, crime, vice, sex and murder in the city's red-light district, opium dens, racist maps, and the day Oscar Wilde visited and got drunk with the Bohemian Club.

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.

Yosemite: A Storied Landscape
Wednesday, September 10, 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 11, 2014, 6:00pm
Ten Lions Talk –Gary Noy, author of Sierra Stories

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

Sierra College historian and Sierra Nevada native son Gary Noy will present an illustrated lecture on unusual and lesser-known stories of Sierra Nevada history, with a special focus on the public and artistic perceptions of Yosemite Valley. The presentation is based upon material from his new book Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues (Heyday and Sierra College Press, 2014), which will be available for sale and signing. In recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the 1864 Yosemite Valley Grant Act, which brought the valley under government protection and established the California State Parks, Gary will tell the fascinating personal tales of six 19th-century painters and photographers who popularized Yosemite Valley and were influential in bringing it under governmental control.

About the author:

Gary Noy has taught history at Sierra Community College in Rocklin, California, from 1987 to the present. Born in Grass Valley (Nevada County), Gary is a graduate of UC Berkeley and CSU Sacramento. He is the founder and former director of the Sierra College Center for Sierra Nevada Studies and Editor-in-Chief emeritus of the Sierra College Press. In 2006, the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA), a national historical society, selected Gary as Educator of the Year. The author of many newspaper columns and magazine articles on Sierra Nevada history and culture and of Distant Horizon: Documents from the 19th-Century American West (University of Nebraska, 1999), as well as co-editor, with Rick Heide, of The Illuminated Landscape: A Sierra Nevada Anthology (Heyday Books, Sierra College Press and Santa Clara University, 2010). Now semi-retired, Gary frequently volunteers for historical and cultural projects in the Sierra Nevada.

 
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
History for Half Pints: Arts, Crafts, and Storytelling

Free Event with RSVP: https://h4hpseptember.eventbrite.com

Make crafts, sing, play games, and learn about California History at this popular family program.

Featured Craft of the Day: Design your own Back-to-School Binder or capture summer memories by designing your own Summer Scrapbook!

Featured CHS Friend of the Day, 2:00pm: Sing nature songs and dance around the history campfire with musician and preschool teacher Mike Santillan. Hear more of his music here.

Additional Activities: Dress up as a Yosemite Adventurer at our Costume Corner! Discover Yosemite history with our Yosemite Scavenger Hunt!

 
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.

 
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.

 
Tuesday, 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.

 
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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