Free with RSVP: https://gamechangersla.eventbrite.com
Friends Lecture Hall, Room 240, Doheny Memorial Library, University of Southern California
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Join the authors of Game Changers: Twelve Elections That Transformed California for a special presentation and book signing at USC's Doheny Library. Winner of the 2014 California Historical Society Book Award, Game Changers examines California’s history through the prism of twelve elections – revealing the forces behind voters’ choices and the consequences that carry over to this day.
This evening, the authors will focus their discussion on the role of the Los Angeles Times both in state politics and the explosive growth of Los Angeles during the early twentieth century, the ground-breaking political leadership of legendary Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh, the pioneering technological transformation of political campaigning by a new breed of young Southern Californians in the late 1960s and 1970s, and Howard Jarvis and the Proposition 13 tax revolt.
The authors – Steve Swatt, Susie Swatt, Jeff Raimundo, and Rebecca LaVally – have a combined 150 years of experience in journalism, public-policy analysis, and political consulting at the state capitol. Their book draws from a wealth of primary sources, including dozens of new interviews, rarely accessed oral histories, and archival collections, to tell compelling and little-known stories about larger-than-life personalities that have helped define modern California.
This event is presented in partnership by the California Historical Society, Heyday, and LA as Subject.
Doors open at 5:45pm; panel discussion begins at 6:00pm.
Parking is available at Gate 3, on Figueroa Street and McCarthy Way, for a fee.
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 Peter Albert, Manager, SFMTA Urban Planning Initiatives, SF Municipal Transportation Agency. Greg King, Environmental Manager for Parsons Corp., will moderate.
Sponsored by the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation.
Mechanics Institute, 57 Post Street, Room 406, San Francisco
Author Frances Dinkelspiel in conversation with journalist Julia Flynn Siler
On October 12, 2005, a fire broke out in the Wines Central wine warehouse in Vallejo, California. Within hours, the flames had destroyed 4.5 million bottles of California's finest wine worth more than $250 million, the largest destruction of wine in history. The fire was deliberately set by a passionate oenophile named Mark Anderson, and among the priceless bottles destroyed were 175 bottles of Port and Angelica from one of the oldest vineyards in California made by Frances Dinkelspiel's great-great grandfather, Isaias Hellman, in 1875. Mark Anderson was not the first to harm the industry. The history of the California wine trade is a story of vineyards with dark and bloody pasts. In her new book, Frances Dinkelspiel looks beneath the casually elegant veneer of California's wine regions to find the obsession, greed and violence lying in wait.
Frances Dinkelspiel is an award-winning journalist and the author of Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California , a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and a Best Book of the Year (named by the Chronicle and the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association). She is the co-founder of the news site Berkeleyside and her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, People, San Francisco Magazine , and other venues. She lives in Berkeley, California. Julia Flynn Siler is author of the New York Times bestselling The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty and of Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and the America’s First Imperial Adventure . She is an award-winning journalist and is a contributing writer to the Wall Street Journal .
450 Florida St.
San Francisco, CA
Litquake's opening night highlights San Francisco in the the infamous and unhinged 1800s. This event celebrates the 150th anniversaries of the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner and the official book launch for Drinking the Devil's Acre-—Duggan McDonnell’s illustrated history of cocktails from the wild and wicked saloons of the Barbary Coast—with sea shanty singers from the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, a rarely seen archival slideshow, and a special appearance by Emperor Norton himself. Costumes are encouraged!
In partnership with Anchor Brewing Company, Chronicle Books, and San Francisco Travel
Free with RSVP: https://historyforhalfpints-buildingca.eventbrite.com
Every second Saturday of the month, CHS celebrates families with History for Half Pints, a family program that includes art, crafts, and more!
In October, join CHS in Building California for the Cardboard Challenge! Build your own, bring it in, or create California in our space! Guests for the day include:
- The Mexican Museum: make cardboard piñatas
- Dave Martinez Ventures will bring: Samsung VR, Oculus, Satellites, Drones, and Google Glass
In partnership with The Mexican Museum and Dave Martinez Ventures
Free for CHS and Heyday Members, $5 General Admission
Join the authors of Game Changers: Twelve Elections That Transformed California for a special presentation and book signing at the California Historical Society. Winner of the 2014 CHS Book Award, Game Changers examines California’s history through the prism of twelve elections – revealing the forces behind the voter choices and the consequences that carry over to this day.
This evening the authors will focus their discussion on the role of key San Franciscans in the 1878–79 chaotic rewrite of California’s enigmatic constitution that remains in force to this day, how San Francisco prosecutor Hiram Johnson revolutionized state government in the early twentieth century, how the extraordinary leadership of Earl Warren launched California’s postwar growth, and how legendary lobbyist Artie Samish – a native San Franciscan – dictated policy making at the capitol in the run-up to historic political reform.
The authors – Steve Swatt, Susie Swatt, Jeff Raimundo, and Rebecca LaVally – have a combined 150 years of experience in journalism, public-policy analysis, and political consulting at the state capitol. Their book draws from a wealth of primary sources, including dozens of new interviews, rarely accessed oral histories, and archival collections to tell compelling and little-known stories about larger-than-life personalities that have helped define modern California.
Doors open at 5:45pm; panel discussion begins at 6:00pm.
5:00–6:30pm—Enjoy free admission to our exhibition: City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World's Fair.
6:30–7:30pm—Reception for artist Elise Baldwin’s projected light installation Field of Vision: Landscapes from the Imagination
7:30–8:00pm—Talk with artist Elise Baldwin and CHS’s Managing Curator Erin Garcia
About Field of Vision: Landscapes from the Imagination, by Elise Baldwin
Just as the completion of the Panama Canal in 1915 was a twentieth-century engineering triumph over geographical obstacles, the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) was a demonstration of human and cultural resilience following the devastation of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fires. The fantastical city of the PPIE was born from the shadow of this disaster, a message to the world of the combined powers of technology, industrialization, cultural determinism, and globalization. In her installation, Elise Baldwin juxtaposes panoramic landscape photographs of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake with panoramas of the PPIE. Overlaying photographic panoramas from different years, maps, and other documents from the era, she underscores the surreal phoenix-like rebuilding of the city and the construction of the fairgrounds.
Field of Vision: Landscapes from the Imagination is the fifth work in the Engineers of Illumination series of projected light installations inspired by the PPIE, created by Optic Flare, and sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District. Field of Vision: Landscapes from the Imagination continues through Sunday, November 22, 2015, every night after dark until midnight.
This event is part of Yerba Buena Third Thursdays, 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 thirdthursdaysf.wordpress.com.
Free event and Book Signing at the California Historical Society Booth
Doheny Memorial Library, University of Southern California, 3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Celebrate the 10th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar and the 20th Anniversary of LA as Subject . The California Historical Society, along with more than 70 other exhibitors, will be on hand to offer visitors a one-stop opportunity to learn about the wealth of local historical resources available to them.
From 11:00am to noon, join author Jeremy Rosenberg as he signs his book Under Spring: Voices + Art + Los Angeles, winner of the California Historical Society Book Award.
Experience the diversity of stories that make Southern California such a place of discovery. At this 10th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, presented by LA as Subject and the USC Libraries, anyone with an interest in the region’s history will find something of value. A broad array of institutions and archives will have experts on hand to show off their collections and answer questions—from the Autry National Center of the American West and the Los Angeles Public Library to private collectors whose materials fill the gaps left in the region’s history.
The USC Libraries serves as the host institution for LA as Subject, an alliance of libraries, museums, and other archival and cultural organizations. The relationship complements the USC Libraries’ strong regional history collection and is a natural outgrowth of its efforts to preserve and expand access to the primary sources of Los Angeles history.
USC is minutes from downtown Los Angeles and is easily accessible by major freeways and the Metro Expo line . The Doheny Memorial Library is located in the center of campus, adjacent to Alumni Park and across from Bovard Auditorium, on Trousdale Avenue. For information regarding parking on campus, visit the Parking Services Website .
$5 for CHS members, $10 General admission
The California Historical Society is happy to announce its participation in San Francisco Public Library's (SFPL) 11th Annual One City One Book with a public program that presents the history of Peoples Temple and Jonestown, key components of SFPL's 2015 Book Choice, Season of the Witch .
Join us for an engaging discussion between David Talbot, author of Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love, Marshall Kilduff, San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Writer, Eugene Smith, writing a book about Peoples Temple, Jonestown, and Jim Jones from a young Black man's point of view, John Cobb, author and born into Peoples Temple and member until it's end on 11/18/78, and moderated by Anthea Hartig, CHS Executive Director. Close the evening with a Season of the Witch book signing and a collection viewing of Peoples Temple and Jonestown letters, photos, and artifacts from the CHS collection.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - Sunday, October 25, 2015
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason
Now in its 34th year, the Fall Antiques Show is the oldest art and antiques on the West Coast. Presenting 60 of the finest international dealers, a renowned lecture series, loan exhibition, book signings, talks and tours. It is a must-see destination show for collectors and enthusiasts of art, antiques and design. This year’s theme, Time After Time: Bringing the Past Present, speaks to the lasting quality of beautiful pieces, the time that goes into creating a work of art, the vast timespan the objects in the show encompass and, through the curated Loan Exhibition, the evolution, design and beauty of timepieces from across time.
$5 for CHS members, $10 General Admission
Sound was first recorded and reproduced by Thomas Edison in 1877. Until about 1950, when magnetic tape use became common, most recordings were made on mechanical media such as wax, foil, shellac, lacquer, and plastic. Some of these older recordings contain material of great historical interest, may be in obsolete formats, and are damaged, decaying, or are now considered too delicate to play.
Unlike print and latent image scanning, the playback of mechanical sound carriers has been an inherently invasive process. Recently, a series of techniques, based upon non-contact optical metrology and image processing, have been applied to create and analyze high-resolution digital surface profiles of these materials. Numerical methods may be used to emulate the stylus motion through such a profile in order to reconstruct the recorded sound.
A number of recordings of particular relevance to early twentieth-century California have been restored using this approach. Included is a recording of Jack London from 1915 and a variety of California Native American field recordings. A new project is also underway at the University of California, Berkeley to digitize the 2700 Native American wax field recordings collected by Alfred Kroeber and coworkers.
The technical approach, the California collections, as well as studies of some of the earliest known sound recordings, are the focus of this talk and will be illustrated with sounds and images. Additional information can be found at http://irene.lbl.gov/ .
Carl Haber , an experimental physicist, received his Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University and is a Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His career has focused on the development of instrumentation and methods for detecting and measuring particles created at high-energy colliders, including Fermilab in the United States and CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. Since 2002 he and his colleagues have been involved in aspects of preservation science, applying methods of precision measurement and data analysis to early recorded sound restoration. He is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
This event is a program in "Historic Techniques—A Series about the Intersection of Art, Science, and History."
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
Sponsored by the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation.