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.


2017 Lecture Series

How the Sexual Revolution Remade SF Neighborhoods
Thursday, July 20
Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market Street

Since the 1960s, San Francisco has been America’s capital of sexual libertinism and a potent symbol in its culture wars. In this talk, author Dr. Josh Sides explains how this happened, unearthing long-forgotten stories of the city’s sexual revolutionaries, as well as the legions of longtime San Franciscans who tried to protect their vision of a moral metropolis, and their vision of “proper” SF neighborhoods. In partnership with the GLBT Historical Society.

Hippie Modernism
Thursday, August 17
Hobart Building, 582 Market Street
*limited seating, advance registration required.

Greg Castillo, Associate Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley and guest curator of “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia” at BAMPFA, discusses how countercultural design the Bay Area enacted a new geography of “liberated territories” that converted social critique into lived practice.

Meeting at Tule Lake
Thursday, September 21

MIS Learning Center, 640 Old Mason Street
*limited seating, advance registration required.

Wayne M. Collins, Jr. discusses the socio-political impacts of Executive Order 9066. His father, attorney Wayne M. Collins, advocated for the rights of many internees at Tule Lake. In partnership with the National Japanese American Historical Society, an exhibition reception will start at 4:30 p.m. with a special poetry reading by Hiroshi Kashiwagi.

Ruins to Redemption: Historic Preservation Fund Committee
Thursday, October 19
640 Heritage Preservation Foundation, 640 Sutter Street

Learn how a small band of preservationists held the City and a developer accountable to create the Historic Preservation Fund Committee in 2005. Planning Commission President Rich Hillis will examine the origins, legacy, and future of the HPFC. An optional fixed-price three-course dinner at $65 will follow after the lecture. In partnership with 640 Heritage Preservation Foundation.

Jewish Americans: Religion and Identity in the Haas-Lilienthal House
Thursday, November 9
Haas-Lilienthal House, 2007 Franklin Street
*limited seating, advance registration required.

Historian and author Fred Rosenbaum shares his new research about the three generations of German-Jewish immigrants and their descendants who lived in the Haas-Lilienthal House from 1886 until 1972, and how they helped transform San Francisco from a coarse boomtown into a world-class metropolis.


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