Lecture Series

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. 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.

Questions about the 2014 Lecture Series? Please contact Renee Cohn at 415-441-3000 x22.


Azteca (Courtesy of John Santos)

Azteca. Photo courtesy of John Santos.

Latin Jazz in the San Francisco Bay Area: A Retrospective
Thursday, July 17
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission Street

Five-time Grammy nominee John Santos led guests on a rhythmic exploration of the roots and preservation of Latin Jazz in the Bay Area, delving into the people, places, and sounds that express and sustain this cultural movement. Presented in partnership with the San Francisco Latino Historical Society.


Mel's Diner (Courtesy of Christoper Pollock) ld edit

Mel’s Diner. Photo courtesy of Christopher Pollock.

Reel San Francisco Stories: On-Location Movies and Preservation
Thursday, August 21
Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street

Through a broad spectrum of film genres, author Christopher Pollock examined the unexpected role of on-location movies in recording and conserving historic places in San Francisco. Co-sponsored by the Roxie Theater.



SF World's Fair, 1939 Poster

Courtesy of Tunnelbug/Flickr.

The Magic City: Treasure Island’s Golden Gate International Exposition
Thursday, September 18
Pier 1, Bayside Conference Room (Please note change)

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the 1939 World’s Fair, authors Anne Schnoebelen and Therese Poletti will discuss the history and cultural production of the “Pageant of the Pacific,” as well as its lasting influence in the Bay Area. Co-sponsored by Heritage YP.





Coit Tower 1 (Brockney52 on Flickr)

Coit Tower. Photo by Brockney52/Flickr.

Recovering from Depression: The New Deal’s Contributions to San Francisco
Thursday, October 16
San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street

Dr. Gray Brechin will delve into the history of San Francisco’s Depression-era architecture and public art, including iconic places such as Coit Tower, the Mother’s Building, and Aquatic Park. Presented in partnership with the Living New Deal.





San Francisco City Hall. Photo by Ingridtaylar/Flickr.

Alice Ross Carey Memorial Lecture
Thursday, November 6
Metropolitan Club, 640 Sutter Street

Dr. Anthea Hartig (California Historical Society) will discuss the legacy of pioneering preservation architect Alice Ross Carey and the women who have shaped San Francisco, including projects such as the Palace of Fine Arts, Metropolitan Club, San Francisco City Hall, and the California State Capitol. Presented in partnership with the 640 Heritage Preservation Foundation. Immediately following the lecture, please join us for an elegant, three-course dinner in the Metropolitan Club dining room. Dinner tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased by clicking on the button below.





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