Events Calendar


Thursday, September 17, 2015, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Handmade History: Third Thursday at CHS

Free event at California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco

Work with magazine clippings, postcard ephemera and other craft supplies to create last minute holiday greetings and gifts for your family and friends as 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 wristband 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. For more details visit

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 6:00pm
Creating a Lasting Cultural Community: The 50th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead

Free for CHS Members; $5 General Admission


Founded in 1965, the Grateful Dead were one of the counterculture’s most distinctive, successful, and durable institutions. Widely regarded as a 1960s icon, the shaggy part that stood for the unruly whole, the Dead were also the nation’s top touring act more than two decades after Woodstock. What accounts for their lasting appeal? Please help us answer that question, situate the Dead in their time and place, and celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary with historian and bestselling author Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead archivist Nicholas Meriwether, and Peter Richardson, author of No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 6:00pm
Women, the City, and the 1915 World's Fair

Free for CHS Members; $5 General Admission


Join us for a panel discussion about the status, involvement, and politics of women in San Francisco around 1915 and at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Panelists: Sarah Moore, author of Empire on Display; Abigail Markwyn, author of Empress San Francisco and co-editor of Gendering the Fair; Jessica Sewell, author of Women and the Everyday City. Moderator: Robert W. Cherny, professor emeritus of history at San Francisco State University.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 4:00pm
The California Irish in 1915 San Francisco

Free Admission


In partnership with the Irish American Crossroads Festival, we present an evening exploring the Irish presence in 1915 San Francisco and at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. We begin at 4pm with a call to community members to bring their photo albums and ephemera connecting their family’s history to early San Francisco and the fair. Enjoy a light reception and share and hear stories of 1915 San Francisco. At 6pm, attend a discussion with Elizabeth Creely, author and local historian, and others examining the Irish presence in San Francisco and at the 1915 World’s Fair. More details to come.

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00pm
African Americans in San Francisco: Before, During, and After the 1915 World's Fair

Free for CHS and MoAD Members; $5 General Admission


Learn about the experiences, successes, and struggles of African Americans before, during, and in the decades following the World’s Fair of 1915. Panelist details to come.

In partnership with Museum of African Diaspora

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Labor in San Francisco Before and After 1915

Free for CHS and Shaping San Francisco Members; $5 General Admission


The rights of labor workers have always been important and vital to California. Join us for a stirring panel discussion around labor history during the first quarter of the twentieth century. Panelists: Barbara Berglund, associate professor of history, University of South Florida, and author of Making San Francisco American: Cultural Frontiers in the American West; Chris Carlsson, co-director of the multimedia history project Shaping San Francisco (historical archive at, writer, publisher, editor, community organizer, and author of After the Deluge and Nowtopia; Susan Englander, instructional faculty at San Francisco State University, teaching U.S. History survey, U.S. Legal and Constitutional History, and Disability History; Bill Issel, professor of history emeritus at San Francisco State University and visiting professor of history at Mills College.

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