In the past month we have seen visitorship rise at the historic Haas Lilienthal House, an encouraging sign that locals and tourists alike are eager to once again explore San Francisco’s cultural landmarks.
To meet this growing demand, SF Heritage is looking for new volunteers to lead our weekend house tours and Pacific Heights walking tours, as well as to lend a hand at our bookstore (located in the Haas-Lilienthal House ballroom on open days) and during special house events. As we look ahead to restarting our popular Heritage Hikes program, we are also seeking enthusiastic volunteers to guide third-grade student groups on tours focused on Victorian life and architecture. Volunteers are an essential part of the operation of the Haas-Lilienthal House and SF Heritage’s mission of keeping this historic landmark publicly accessible. We are grateful to meet and recruit volunteers with a variety of interests, from history and architecture lovers to those passionate about education and community preservation. Please visit our website at www.haas-lilienthalhouse.org for more information about volunteering and volunteer benefits.
We will also offer a few special open days at the house this spring. From 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, May 18, visitors will have access to a unique evening audio tour of the Haas-Lilienthal House in celebration of International Museum Day. The audio tour features Haas-Lilienthal family members sharing memories of their time in the house, and historical experts recounting the unique history of the surrounding neighborhood and special aspects of Victorian architecture and interiors. Also, in partnership with the California Preservation Foundation’s (CPF) “Doors Open California” event (June 11-12), the Haas-Lilienthal House will host a special free day on Saturday, June 11, from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. “Doors Open California” encourages the public to visit the state’s “unique and hidden places,” and we are looking forward to participating alongside other historic properties. Mark your calendars!