Events Calendar

EVENTS CALENDAR

 
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.

The films that will be discussed are:

Thousands of Visitors, Thirty Filmmakers, One Day in Yosemite (14:59): “Its 15 minutes tell a deeply human story of one of America’s greatest wild, natural places, and does an awesome job of weaving the two seemingly-at-odds storylines together in a way that reflects what the whole National Parks system represents: Humanity and nature as codependents working together for mutual preservation.” — Peter Koch, The Active Times

Yosemite HD II (5:20): Spectacular time-lapse photography of Yosemite (with attending filmmaker Colin Delehanty http://www.projectyose.com/about/)

Silver & Light (9:19): Ian Ruhter is a wet-plate photographer who has turned his truck into the largest portable camera in the world. Follow his journey from city to mountains, through failure and success and the difficulties of capturing Yosemite in winter.

Winters of My Life (3:25): For the past 35 years Howard Weamer has spent his winters as a hutkeeper in Yosemite's backcountry. He fills his days writing, reading, photographing, and being an ambassador to mountain culture. This is a brief look into his world and why he chooses to stay.

Climbing Snake Dike on Half Dome (3:40): A short non-verbal film of a husband and wife climbing Half Dome's Snake Dike.

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

 
Sunday, October 26, 2014, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
We are CA - AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION | Destiny's Child: Memoirs of a Preacher's Daughter

Free for CHS and MOAD Members, $5 General Admission

RSVP: www.jewelletaylorgibbs.eventbrite.com

Join us for a fascinating conversation with Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, author of Destiny's Child: Memoirs of a Preacher's Daughter, and Barbara Rodgers of the Emmy Award-winning "The Bronze Report." The acclaimed new book traces approximately 200 years of history to show how the Taylor family achieved upward mobility despite social and racial barriers. An incredibly informative and inspirational work, it's a must-read for anyone seeking to better understand racial dynamics in the United States. The program includes a reception with wine and light refreshments.

Jewelle Taylor Gibbs is a retired professor, author, and activist who holds degrees in social work and psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her publications include Young, Black and Male in America: An Endangered Species (1988). For nearly 30 years, Barbara Rodgers was one of the most recognizable newscasters on CBS 5/KPIX TV. She retired from KPIX in 2008, but she hasn't stopped informing the public about issues of the day. She covers the breadth and depth of the African American community in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond each week on "The Bronze Report."

Presented in partnership with MoAD in the Neighborhood

 
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. After the screening, listen to a discussion about the contest and learn more about these fantastic films. The discussion will focus on how the project came about, how it partnered with the Range of Light Film Festival and Steve Bumgardner, as well as highlight the amazing outcomes. Each of the films will be introduced with who the filmmaker was, their age and community/country.

 
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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