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Annual Lecture Series Offers New Cultural Perspectives

Coit Tower 2 (Brockney52)

Coit Tower. Photo by Brockney52/Flickr.

Announcing Heritage’s 2014 Lecture Series! Join us for a spectacular lineup from July through November, featuring topics and historic venues that reveal the depth of San Francisco’s cultural inheritance.

This year’s series will explore the origins and preservation of Latin Jazz in the Bay Area, film and the preservation movement, the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco’s New Deal architecture and public art, and the legacy of women in preservation.

John Santos (National Museum of American History on Flickr)

John Santos. Photo by the National Museum of American History/Flickr.

Series passes (including all five lectures) are available for $40 for Heritage members and $60 for the general public. Individual lecture tickets are $10 for Heritage members and students (with valid ID) and $15 for the public. Tickets are available for purchase online or by contacting 415-441-3000.

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Advocacy Alert: Calle 24 Latino Cultural District


On Tuesday, May 20, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted in favor of a resolution to designate 24th Street (“Calle 24″) in the Mission District as a Latino Cultural District in recognition of the area’s contributions to the city’s heritage. In recent months, the local neighbors and merchants association (“Calle 24 San Francisco“), the San Francisco Latino Historical Society, San Francisco Heritage, and the Offices of Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor David Campos have worked together in an effort to formally designate the Calle 24 (“Veinticuatro”) Latino Cultural District.

The goal of the designation is to stabilize Latino businesses and residents threatened with displacement, preserve Calle 24 as the center of Latino culture and commerce, enhance the unique nature of Calle 24 as a special place for San Francisco’s residents and tourists, and ensure that the City of San Francisco and interested stakeholders have an opportunity to work collaboratively on a community planning process, which may result in the Designation of a Special Use District or other amendment to Planning Code.

A celebratory press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony to announce the district was held on Friday, May 23rd at Harrison and 24th streets. Mayor Ed Lee is expected to sign the resolution into law on Monday, June 16.

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Toasting 100 “Legacy Bars & Restaurants”

McCarthy bar shot (Cha3)

Courtesy of Cha Cha Cha/Original McCarthy’s.

On Monday, June 2 at the Mission District’s Cha Cha Cha/Original McCarthy’s, Heritage proudly unveiled the final “official” round of inductees into our “Legacy Bars & Restaurants” initiative!

A first-of-its-kind interactive online guide, “Legacy Bars & Restaurants” debuted in January 2013 to honor and promote those establishments that reflect the history and culture of San Francisco. The announcement brought the total number of certified Legacy establishments to 100.

The newest honorees are: Bimbo’s 365 Club (1931); Bus Stop Bar (1900); Café Du Nord (1908); Casa Sanchez/Ayutla Restaurant (1924); Cha Cha Cha/Original McCarthy’s (1933); The Doctor’s Lounge (1951); Elbo Room (1935); The Fly Trap (1883); Gold Mirror Restaurant (1969); Ha-Ra Club (1947); Horseshoe Tavern (1934); Henry’s Hunan Restaurant (1974); Hi Dive (1916); La Rocca’s Corner (1930s); Le Central (1974); Mauna Loa (1939); Mr. Bing’s (1967); Northstar Café (1882); The Ramp (1950); Red’s Place (1960); Roosevelt Tamale Parlor (1919); Sabella & La Torre (1927); Silver Crest Donut Shop (1970); Tony Nik’s (1933); and Top of the Mark (1939).

Legacy-map-previewIn addition to recognizing the most recent inductees, Heritage proudly introduced a new printed pocket guide to all 100 “Legacy Bars & Restaurants”! Featuring vibrant photography, the foldout map will be available to the public for free at participating Legacy establishments.

The June 2 happy hour was co-presented by our friends at Heritage YP. Thank you to our hosts, Cha Cha Cha/Original McCarthy’s, for their warm hospitality and to Cyrus Noble for its generous support of “Legacy Bars & Restaurants”! For more information about the Legacy project, please click here or contact Laura Dominguez.

Read about Legacy and the worldwide movement to recognize places with social significance in the Guardian.

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