San Francisco history


Mon December 15, 2014
Arts & Culture

Care to join me in a Mint?

The Old Mint is currently used for special events. There are also tours on weekends.

San Francisco has a rich history, with many groups claiming a piece of it. There’s the California Historical Society, and the Society of California Pioneers - which are not to be confused with the San Francisco Museum & Historical Society (SFMHS). Additionally, many ethnic groups and neighborhoods in the City preserve specific aspects of our past. Our history is a big draw for out-of-towners.

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Thu December 4, 2014
Out in the Bay ~ 12/04/14 ~ 7pm Thursday

1951 San Francisco is setting for "Blackmail, My Love"

Author and artist Katie Gilmartin's "Miss Double Strand." Gilmartin wrote and illustrated "Blackmail, My Love"


Thu September 26, 2013


Wed March 28, 2012
Arts & Culture

Preserving San Francisco’s past through sea shanties

The Balclutha

At Maritime National Historical Park, the golden age of shantey-ing comes alive again as sailors and sea music enthusiasts gather around an ancient vessel, the "Balclutha.” Peter Kasin’s job is to preserve these ancient shanties, and in turn to preserve San Francisco’s dangerous Barbary Coast past. But not everyone likes their shanties; some say they’re more bouncy than they were in the past, and should capture the sweat of the sailors who sang these songs way back in the 1800s to help make their rough shipboard jobs a bit more rhythmic.