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2020 Lecture Series: Follow up links for San Francisco Neighborhood Heroines

Mary and Willie Ratcliff at the San Francisco Bay View. SF Examiner photo.

Thank you for all who attended San Francisco Neighborhood Heroines: The San Francisco Bay View’s Mary Ratcliff! Here are some helpful links related to our program last night. The recording is now available on Youtube and on Facebook, so please share with those you know who missed it!

Front page of the Bay View, June 2010. Image courtesy of the San Francisco Bay View.

From local to national news, and cultural happenings in San Francisco and beyond, browse the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper’s “thought-provoking stories and commentary on the full range of Black trials and triumphs” by visiting their website. More

*We were happy to see attendees inquiring about volunteering at the SF Bay View! To reach out to Mary and/or Griffin about this or other inquiries, please email

The future of the SF Bay View is in peril, and the Ratcliffs, along with loyal readers, are making a strong call for your help so that the paper may continue its legacy under new leadership. Donate to invest in and help save the paper here:

Front page of the Vistacion Valley Grapevine, December 1986. This neighborhood newspaper was published monthly from 1986 to 2011 at the Visitacion Valley Community Center. Some issues include articles in Chinese, Spanish, and Tagalog.
Browse the growing Neighborhood Newspapers of San Francisco collection online via the Internet Archive! LisaRuth Elliot and her team of volunteers with the San Francisco Department of Memory have digitized over 2,300 neighborhood newspapers since 2013, and SF Heritage’s Alice Ross Carey Preservation Grant Fund supported the archival newspaper project over the last year. More

LisaRuth hosting Shaping San Francisco’s Cutting Corners: Rincon Hill, South Park, and Beyond in SOMA walking tour on June 20th, 2020. Image courtesy of Shaping SF on Instagram.
LisaRuth Elliott is the co-director of Shaping San Francisco. Their 25 year-old digital history archive at invites everyone to contribute to San Francisco’s shared history. Shaping San Francisco’s fall schedule has just been made available, wherein they conduct walking and bicycle history tours, and co-host outdoor history programming with other organizations around the Bay Area over the next few months. More

Register for our September program

Sydney Stein with ice plant, Golden Gate Park, June 1934. Courtesy of San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library (AAA-7693).


You can now register for our next Lecture Series event, Sydney Stein: Golden Gate Park’s First Woman Gardener, taking place on September 17 at 6:00 PM PT in collaboration with Nicole Meldahl and the Western Neighborhoods Project. Learn more and save your spot at the link below:

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Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, the Hobart Preservation Foundation, our Series Sponsor, CAW Architects, and Programming Partner, 640 Heritage Preservation Foundation

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