Lecture Series

General Information:

Each year, Heritage’s Lecture Series explores the breadth of San Francisco’s cultural inheritance in historic settings throughout the city. From July through November, lectures are held on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 PM. For more information, contact Terri Le at tle@sfheritage.org or call 415-441-3000 x22.

Individual tickets are $10 for Heritage members and students (with ID) and $15 for the general public. Series passes (all five lectures) are $40 for members/students and $60 for the public.

To purchase tickets, click on the title of the lecture series or click below for the Series Pass.

2016 Lecture Series:

Bliss & Faville: Architecture and the Profession in Early 20th Century San Francisco
Thursday, October 27
640 Heritage Preservation Foundation, 640 Sutter Street

Architectural historian, Michael Corbett, will survey the work of Bliss & Faville, designers of the Metropolitan Club, and profile the architectural profession in San Francisco in the early 20th Century. Optional dinner served following lecture. By advance registration only. Three courses, $65.
Click here to Register for Dinner Option

Frank Lloyd Wright and San Francisco
Thursday, November 10

Mechanics’ Institute Library & Chess Room, 57 Post Street

Paul V. Turner professor emeritus at Stanford University, highlights Frank Lloyd Wright’s complex and evolving relationship with the city, and surveys the full body of Wright’s work in the Bay Area.

2016 Lecture Series Sponsors:

The Empire Group

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Past Lectures:

The History and Context of WPA Murals at the San Francisco Maritime Museum
Thursday, July 28
Maritime Museum, 900 Beach Street

National Park Service Ranger, David Pelfrey, will introduce the art and artists of New Deal-era federal arts projects in San Francisco, using the Bathhouse Building and other projects as case studies.

20th Century Restaurant Culture in San Francisco:
A Feast of Diversity, from Alioto’s to Sam Wo’s and More
Thursday, August 18
Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market Street

Erica J. Peters, author of San Francisco: A Food Biography and local food historian, will present a history of the city’s raucous restaurants, floorboard-squeaking saloons, and food culture in the 20th Century.

Unraveling Little Saigon’s History and Influence in the Tenderloin
Thursday, September 22

Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy Street

Tho Do, former Community Organizer at the Vietnamese Youth Development Center, will chronicle Vietnamese migration, culture, and activism in the Tenderloin from the 1980s to the present.