Lecture Series

2015 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.


“The Great Cloud of Witnesses” mural by Reverend Roland Gordon, Photo by Dani Vernon

Ingleside Presbyterian Church and the Evolution of the Western Neighborhoods
Thursday, October 15
Ingleside Presbyterian Church, 1345 Ocean Avenue

Join us for a discussion on the evolution of the Church and the greater Ingleside neighborhood, from its early days if development to its ascension as San Francisco’s first black middle class neighborhood. Presentations by Al Williams and Woody LaBounty will be followed by a tour of The Great Cloud of Witnesses led by Reverend Roland Gordon.






Photo by Spencer Brown

High Spirits: the Legacy Bars of San Francisco
Thursday, November 19

Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market Street

In collaboration with Heritage’s Legacy Bars and Restaurants program, Heyday will publish High Spirits: the Legacy Bars of San Francisco, in November 2015. Author J.K. Dineen will share his experiences in chronicling some of the most beloved, beguiling and infamous Legacy bars in San Francisco.






Past Lectures:

Short Stories: Five Women of the PPIE
Thursday, September 17

Metropolitan Club, 640 Sutter Street

Erin Garcia, curator of the California Historical Society exhibition City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World’s Fair (through January 3, 2016), will profile five remarkable women who shaped, or were shaped by, the PPIE.

Stucco Fantasy: How the PPIE Influenced Roadside Architecture in California
Thursday, August 27
California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street

Los Angeles historian Jim Heimann, author of Crazy California and Beyond: Roadside Architecture, will trace the 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exposition’s fanciful, yet little-known, legacy of stucco construction from the “Joy Zone” at the PPIE to Hollywood set design and roadside architecture.
Now, Then, and Future Change in Central SoMa
Thursday, July 16
St. Patrick Catholic Church, 756 Mission StreetArtist Janet Delaney will present photos from the current deYoung exhibition, Janet Delaney: South of Market (through July 19), depicting SoMa’s dramatic transformation through redevelopment initiatives of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Preservation Planner Jonathan Lammers will provide an overview of SoMa’s oft-contested development history.



Questions about the Lecture Series? Please contact Renee Cohn at 415-441-3000 x22 or rcohn@sfheritage.org



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