San Francisco Heritage is committed to the health and safety of our visitors, supporters, staff, and volunteers. Read below for the latest on how we are adapting our programs during the pandemic:

  • Update November 29, 2020: Due to San Francisco County entering the “Purple” tier due to the rise in Covid-19 cases, starting Sunday, November 29, 2020, the Haas-Lilienthal House will close again until further notice. Please continue to check the TOURS page on the Haas-Lilienthal website for more updates!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

Heritage’s Lecture Series explores the breadth of San Francisco’s cultural inheritance, usually held in historic settings throughout the city. Due to the uncertain nature of the COVID-19 crisis, we hosted an all-virtual 2020 season, made free and open to the public online. 

The theme of this year’s series was Women in Preservation, and each program spotlighted and celebrated women both past and present who have worked to preserve San Francisco’s unique cultural and architectural heritage.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors the Hobart Preservation Foundation, our Series Sponsors CAW Architects, and Programming Partners 640 Heritage Preservation Foundation.  

Please find all of our 2020 Lecture Series recordings below:

Event Recordings

November 19th, 2020 Alice Ross Carey Memorial Lecture – Preservationists on Preservationists

Thank you to all who attended! Find the recording below:

We finished our 2020 lecture series on Women in Preservation by highlighting the stories of well known and lesser-known advocates of historic preservation and their work to preserve architecturally or historically significant places for future generations. Our speakers:

  • Elisa Hernandez Skaggs (SF Heritage Board Member; Associate Principal at Page & Turnbull)
  • Katherine Petrin (SF Heritage Board Member; Architectural Historian and Preservation Planner)
  • Shayne Watson (Historian and Preservation Planner)
  • Diane Matsuda (San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission)

October 22nd, 2020  Intersections of Racism, Gender, and Historic Preservation in San Francisco’s Asian American Communities

Thank you to all who attended! Find the recording below:

An impressive list of speakers will explore the intersections of racism, gender, and historic preservation at important sites in San Francisco’s Asian American community. In collaboration with Michelle Magalong, President of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP) and Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland’s Historic Preservation Program. More details to come.

Our speakers:

Grant Din, Consultant and Researcher; Board Member, APIAHiP

Erika Gee, Senior Planner, Community Planning Department, Chinatown Community Development Center; Board Member, APIAHiP

Karen Kai, Vice Chair, APIAHiP

MC Canlas, author SoMa Pilipinas Studies 2000 in Two Languages (2002) and SoMa Pilipinas Ethnotour Guide Book (2013). MC is a member of the History and Heritage Committee and the Working Group of SoMa Pilipinas

Edward Tepporn, Executive Director, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

September 17, 6:00 PM  – Sydney Stein: Golden Gate Park’s First Woman Gardener

Thank you to all who attended! Find the recording below:

2020 marks the 150th anniversary of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and our lecture explored one of the park’s beloved unsung heroes: Sydney Stein, who in 1929 became the first woman hired as a gardener by the City of San Francisco. Nicole Meldahl, Executive Director of the Western Neighborhoods Project, recounted some of the specific initiatives she accomplished, such as saving cyclamen from Europe immediately before World War II, and Stein’s ascendance to chief nurseryman (or should we say, nurseryWOman?) and eventually manager of the Conservatory of Flowers. 

August 20, 6:00 PM  – San Francisco Neighborhood Heroines: The San Francisco Bay View’s Mary Ratclif

LisaRuth Elliott, project manager of the Neighborhood Newspapers of San Francisco collection of over 2,300 digitized local papers, moderated a conversation with Mary Ratcliff, longtime editor and co-owner of the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper. While the country’s mainstream press is slowly catching up to the issues and concerns of the Black community, the Bay View has long given a voice to Black San Franciscans since its inception in 1976. Anchored in the Bayview-Hunter’s Point, it was first neighborhood newspaper to join the Legacy Business Registry [in 2017]. Ratcliff discussed the paper’s legacy of social justice work through community journalism, its continued outreach during the COVID-19 crisis, and her thoughts on carrying the legacy of the paper into the future.

We also heard from Griffin Jones, journalist and copyeditor, archivist for the San Francisco Bay View about the work of the Bay View Archives.

July 16, 2020 5:00 PM PST  – Rooted in Resilience: Legacy Restaurants and Bars in San Francisco

Denise Clifton, author of Tables from the Rubble: How the Restaurants that Arose After the Great Quake of 1906 Still Feed San Francisco Today, will host a conversation with the women behind two of San Francisco’s most beloved legacy businesses: Julie Ho of Sam Wo Restaurant, and Maralisa Simmons-Cook of Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum CaféTaking historic context from Denise’s book, which highlights stories of food businesses that emerged in the recovery years after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, this panel will explore how legacy businesses are now struggling – and adapting through a new, very different disaster. 

If you have any thoughts, ideas, and questions about these programs, please reach out to Kerri Young at or call 415-441-3000 x22