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October 11: SF Latino Heritage Fair

"Culture Contains the Seeds of Resistance that Blossoms into the Flower of Liberation," Balmy Alley Mural © Miranda Bergman and O'Brien Thiele. Photo credit: Jeremy Blakeslee.

“Culture Contains the Seeds of Resistance that Blossoms into the Flower of Liberation,” Balmy Alley Mural. © Miranda Bergman and O’Brien Thiele. Photo credit: Jeremy Blakeslee.

Join Heritage, the SF Latino Historical Society, Latino Digital Archives Group, StoryCorps and the San Francisco History Center of the San Francisco Public Library for the SF Latino Heritage Fair on Saturday, October 11th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the San Francisco Main Library (Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room). The event will provide an opportunity for partners to underscore the importance of building archives that document local Latino history and highlight several current initiatives underway to do just that, including Heritage’s and the SF Latino Historical Society’s “Nuestra Historia” Project.

Learn how to preserve your own photographs and documents and check out the Library’s historical resources. Attendees can visit stations to learn how to archive family photos, hear a series of presentations on personal archiving, and/or participate in a digital archiving workshop. From 1 – 5 p.m. bring your own photographs highlighting historic San Francisco locations associated with Latino history to digitize and share with Library archives. Limit 10 photos per person; first come first served.

Through this event, partners hope to engage local Latino communities in an effort to grow the library’s archive of Latino historical resources. In addition, information gathered from the event will be used to inform a citywide historic context statement entitled, “Nuestra Historia: Documenting the Chicano, Latino, and Indígena Contributions to the Development of San Francisco.” Click here for the Facebook event page.

New Policy Paper: “Sustaining San Francisco’s Living History”

Vital Quartiers (Craigfinlay on Flickr)

The report contains over 16 domestic and international case studies of potential models for San Francisco. This photo depicts The Abby Bookshop in Paris’ Latin Quarter and a participant in the City’s Vital’ Quartier program. Through the program, Paris’ planning agency purchases properties in 11 predefined areas and then leases them to local businesses to ensure their survival amidst exceedingly high real estate expenses. Photo credit: Craigfinlay on Flickr

In a new policy paper, San Francisco Heritage presents solutions to address the increasing displacement of the longtime institutions that contribute to the city’s cultural landscape. Defined by their contribution to society, knowledge, or culture, the city’s cultural heritage assets are often intangible and may include non-profit organizations, local businesses, events, and even people. The 52-page report, “Sustaining San Francisco’s Living History: Strategies for Conserving Cultural Heritage Assets,” presents incentive-based solutions to help protect cultural heritage assets, drawing from case studies of successful initiatives around the country and the world. It also highlights a number of existing conservation initiatives already going on in San Francisco. Despite the effectiveness of traditional historic preservation tools in conserving architectural resources, they are often ill-suited to address the challenges facing heritage businesses and other traditional uses. It is our hope that this report spurs new policy and programs, while creating a common language that can be used to further encourage productive discussion. For more information or to download a copy of the report, click “Learn More.”

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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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