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History for Half Pints: Arts and Crafts
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
History for Half Pints: Arts and Crafts

Palace of Fine Arts


Join us for our monthly family program History for Half Pints: Arts and Crafts at the Palace of Fine Arts. Help us celebrate a year of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), San Francisco's 1915 world's fair, with arts and crafts, such as making PPIE admissions badges, sending a PPIE postcard to a friend or family member, designing your own flag or pennant, and singing and dancing to tunes with musician and pre-school teacher Mike Santillan from 12:00 - 12:30 pm and 1:30 - 2:00 pm.

Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena

Yerba Buena Third Thursdays is a monthly outing of art, performance, music, and drinks in the Yerba Buena neighborhood in the heart of downtown San Francisco. For information on other participating venues, visit

  Inventiveness and Innovation: Contemporary architects discuss the Influence and Impacts of Architecture and Architects of the 1915 World's Fair
Bernard Maybeck at Bohemian Grove
Courtesy of Environmental Design Archives, UC Berkeley
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 6:00pm
Inventiveness and Innovation: Contemporary architects discuss the Influence and Impacts of Architecture and Architects of the 1915 World's Fair


Join us for this panel discussion exploring the continued impact of the visionary Panama-Pacific International Exposition architects, including Bernard Maybeck and Willis Polk. Can their ideals and vision still be seen today? What is the relevancy of their extant work in today's context and the lessons we can take from that? How do the challenges of then and now compare? How do we look at public space differently for audiences today? John King, the San Francisco Chronicle urban design critic, will moderate this discussion. He is joined by Hans Baldauf of BCV Architects, Marc L'Italien of EHDD, and Jay Turnbull of Page Turnbull.

  African Americans in San Francisco: Before, During, and After the 1915 World's Fair
Courtesy of The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley
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 years following the World's Fair of 1915. Hear about controversial moments like the screening of Birth of a Nation; important individuals, like Virginia Stephens, who penned the fair The Jewel City; and many other groups and crucial moments in the first twenty years of the twentieth century. An expert group of panelists will discuss this time period and Dr. Douglas Daniels will moderate the discussion.

Panelists: Lynn M. Hudson is an associate professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, earned her MA at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her Ph. D. in History from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her book The Making of "Mammy Pleasant" was published by University of Illinois Press in 2003. Professor Douglas Daniels is professor in the Department of Black Studies and in the Department of History at UC Santa Barbara. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley. Rick Moss is a graduate of UCLA (B.A., 1977, M.A. History, 1980) and UC Riverside's Program for Historic Resources Management (M.A. 1987). Since July 2001 he has been the Director and Chief Curator of the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO).During his twenty-two-year museum career, he has created many exhibitions and collaborated with many of the finest institutions and professionals across the nation. In 2008 he launched Visions Towards Tomorrow: The African American Community in Oakland, 1890-1990, the permanent multi-media history exhibition for AAMLO. Dr. Leon Litwack is an American historian and Professor of American History Emeritus at UC Berkeley, where he received the Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching (2007). He has received the Pulitzer Prize in History for his book Been In the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery, is the winner of the 1980 Francis Parkman Prize and the 1981 National Book Award, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Film Grant. Professor Litwack retired to emeritus status at the end of the Spring 2007 semester and went on a lecture tour that resulted in his most recent work, How Free Is Free?: The Long Death of Jim Crow (February 2009).

In partnership with the Museum of African Diaspora, the African American Museum and Library, and the Hayward Area Historical Society.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015. 6:00pm
The Impact of Early Afro-Mexican Settlers in California

Free for CHS Members; $5 General Admission


Mexicans of African descent were some of the first non-Indian settlers in California. Many came from Sinaloa and Sonora, Mexico, with the Anza Expedition, 1775, and helped to shape the character of California, building and establishing pueblos and ranches that grew into towns like Los Angeles, San Diego, Monterey, and San Jose. Several became wealthy landowners and politicians, including Pío Pico, the last governor of Mexican California.

Professor Carlos Manuel Salomon, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at California State University, East Bay, and author of Pío Pico: The Last Governor of Mexican California (University of Oklahoma Press, 2010), will speak.

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


Sixty years after "the world rushed in" to California seeking gold in 1849, the working men and women of San Francisco responded to the disaster of 1906 by rebuilding their city in record time. Join us for a panel discussion on the city's distinctive labor and working class history from the "Gay 90s" to the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition and beyond to the "Roaring 20s." Panelists: Barbara Berglund is the Historian for the Presidio Trust. She is the 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, is a writer, publisher, editor, and community organizer. He has written two books, After the Deluge and Nowtopia. Susan Englander is on the faculty of San Francisco State University and currently teaches California History and the US History Survey. She is the author of “‘We Want the Ballot for Very Different Reasons': Clubwomen, Union Women, and the Internal Politics of the Suffrage Movement, 1896-1911” in California Women and Politics: From the Gold Rush to the New Deal. Bill Issel is professor of history emeritus at San Francisco State University and visiting professor of history at Mills College. He is co-author of San Francisco, 1865-1932: Politics, Power and Urban Development and author of Church and State in the City: Catholics and Politics in 20th Century San Francisco.

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 6:00pm
The Coney Island of the West: Alameda's Neptune Beach from the 1870s to the 1930s

Free for CHS Members, $5 General Admission


Learn about Alameda's Neptune Beach, the "Coney Island of the West," and it's history as a pivotal attraction after the close of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Dennis Evanosky and Eric Kos, co-publishers of the Alameda Sun and co-authors of East Bay Then & Now and Lost Los Angeles, will present on west Alameda's bathing and beach resorts that established the Island City's recreational character beginning in the 1870s.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:00pm
Transformations in SF Public Transit—Then, Now, Tomorrow

Free for CHS Members, $5 General Admission


The Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) celebrated the emergence of San Francisco from the devastation of the 1906 earthquake and fire, launching it as the most modern city in the world, an economic gateway between the United States, the Pacific, and Europe, and a cultural center. The Palace of Fine Arts and the Civic Auditorium are lasting monuments to the PPIE. An artistic and programmatic success, the exposition's financial success was dependent on its transportation system. Learn how PPIE infrastructure improvements have served San Franciscans every day for the past 100 years and how these arteries are being transformed today to serve us during the next century: Central Subway, Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit, and E-Embarcadero Streetcars to Fort Mason.

Panelists include: Grant Ute, historian and author of San Francisco Municipal Railway, Alameda by Rails, and San Francisco's Market Street Railway; Michael Schwartz, Senior Transportation Planner, San Francisco County Transportation Authority; and Tilly Chang, Executive Director, San Francisco County Transportation Authority. Greg King, Environmental Manager for Parsons Corp., will moderate.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 6:00pm
Food at the Fair

Free for CHS Members; $5 General Admission


Food played a huge role at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Visitors to the fair learned about new fruit hybrids, cookware innovations, leading Napa wines, and many other wonders in the Palace of Food Products; they tasted the winners of culinary competitions, such as Larraburu sourdough bread; they snacked on enchiladas, chop suey, and clam chowder; and they explored San Francisco's restaurants during their stay in the city.

The Culinary Historians of Northern California is partnering with CHS to host a panel discussing the edible elements of the Exposition experience. Attendees will be offered light refreshments, including a sampling of relevant historic dishes. Panelists: Jeannette Ferrary, author of M.F.K. Fisher and Me: A Memoir of Food and Friendship, Out of the Kitchen: Adventures of a Food Writer, and The California-American Cookbook: Innovations on American Regional Dishes; Julia Lavaroni (grandniece of Harold Paul, the long-time owner of Larraburu Brothers Bakery), who is currently producing a film on San Francisco's iconic Larraburu bread, which won first place at the Exposition; and Erica J. Peters, Director, Culinary Historians of Northern California, and author of San Francisco: A Food Biography.

In partnership with the Culinary Historians of Northern California

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