Events Calendar


Short Stories: Five Women of the PPIE
Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6:00pm
Short Stories: Five Women of the PPIE

Free for CHS Members, $5 General Admission


Erin Garcia, curator of City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World's Fair, will profile five notable women who participated in the fair, including Phoebe Apperson Hearst, the well-known philanthropist, who served as honorary president of the exposition's Woman's Board; Delilah Beasley, the African American reporter who covered the fair for the Oakland Sunshine newspaper; and Alice Sue Fun, a 16-year-old department store stock girl who described her visit to the exposition's Chinese pavilion as “the highlight of [her] life." Their stories represent their distinctly different positions in society and help us understand the diversity of female experiences in 1915 San Francisco. The evening program will take place on what would be Phoebe Hearst's 173rd birthday! Please join us as we toast Hearst and the role of other important women at the 1915 World's Fair.

Erin Garcia is the managing curator of exhibitions at the California Historical Society. She has worked at the Getty Museum, SFMOMA, and Oakland Museum.

Historic Libations
Friday, December 4, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Historic Libations

Lights Go Down, Party Continues

December 4 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Join us in celebrating this remarkable event at Historic Libations, CHS's annual holiday cocktail party. Sip California cocktails, legendary and obscure, toast to the history of mixed drinks, and commemorate the end of one chapter in California's history and the beginning of another.

History for Half Pints: Crafts for the Holiday Season
Saturday, December 12, 2015, 11:30am – 2:00pm
History for Half Pints: Crafts for the Holiday Season

Free with RSVP:

Join us and ring in the holiday season with our History for Half Pints Family Program! Craft holiday cards for your friends and family and design a cork ornament.

Bring a toy or toiletry to support La Casa de las Madres. Toiletry items of great need include: full sized shampoo, conditioner, soap and deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste. La Casa de las Madres responds to calls for help from domestic violence victims, of all ages, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They give survivors the tools to transform their lives. They seek to prevent future violence by educating the community and by redefining public perceptions about domestic violence. For more information visit

Third Thursdays at California Historical Society
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Third Thursdays at California Historical Society

Free event

Enjoy extended hours and visit City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World's Fair before it closes on January 3!

About Third Thursdays:

Presented in partnership with the Yerba Buena Cultural Benefit District. 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

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