San Francisco Heritage is committed to the health and safety of our visitors, supporters, staff, and volunteers. To help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we will postpone or cancel all public tours and in-person programs until further notice:

  • The Haas-Lilienthal House is closed for public tours until further notice
  • Excelsior Heritage Night, previously scheduled for March 25, is postponed until later this year, date to be announced
  • 2020 Lecture Series will be all-virtual (see below)

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

To follow-up on our #HeritageParkside month in July, we will host a virtual town hall on August 27th, 6:00 PM PST for those interested in joining our efforts in the Parkside District. Together with District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar, we will discuss potential preservation projects to take on, with your input. You don’t have to be a preservation expert to join the conversation, just a neighbor or someone who loves the district and wants to help us protect its special places.

If you’d like to join us, send Kerri an email and she’ll send you the Zoom login details:

We look forward to seeing you there!

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 will host an all-virtual 2020 season, made free and open to the public online. 

The theme of this year’s series is Women in Preservation, and each program will spotlight and celebrate women both past and present who have worked to preserve San Francisco’s unique cultural and architectural heritage. Our virtual programs will incorporate historic photos, maps, audio, and video, and be recorded for subsequent sharing and archiving.

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

August 20, 6:00 PM  – San Francisco Neighborhood Heroines: The San Francisco Bay View’s Mary Ratcliff
Registration now open!

Mary and Willie Ratcliffe, publishers of the Bay View newspaper, review their January edition near their archives on Jan. 10, 2018. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

LisaRuth Elliott, project manager of the Neighborhood Newspapers of San Francisco collection of over 2,300 digitized local papers, will moderate 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 will discuss 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 will also hear from Griffin Jones, journalist and copyeditor, archivist for the San Francisco Bay View about the work of the Bay View Archives.

During this conversation we will present a curated slideshow of historic photographs from the Bay View’s extensive archive.

*This program is limited to 100 participants on Zoom. We will also be live streaming the program on SF Heritage’s Facebook page at

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September 17, 6:00 PM  – Sydney Stein: Golden Gate Park’s First Woman Gardener
Stay tuned for registration information.

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

2020 marks the 150th anniversary of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and our lecture will explore 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, will recount some of the specific initiatives she accomplished, such as saving tulips 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. 

October 22nd, 2020  Intersections of Racism, Gender, and Historic Preservation in San Francisco’s Asian American Communities
Stay tuned for registration information.

Interior of Babies Aid Clinic in Chinese Hospital with Dr. Rose Goong Wong on far left and patients. Sept. 30, 1933. Courtesy of San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library (AAB-6861).

In collaboration with Michelle Magalong, Executive Director of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP). Panelists to be determined soon.






November 19th, 2020 Alice Ross Carey Memorial Lecture – Preservationists on Preservationists
Stay tuned for registration information.

Preservationist Betty Marvin. Photo by Daniella Thompson for the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association.

Women architects and preservationists currently in the profession will give lightning-round presentations about their favorite women architect/preservationists, past or present. Speakers to be determined.







Past Events

July 16, 2020 5:00 PM PST  – Rooted in Resilience: Legacy Restaurants and Bars in San Francisco
Thank you to all who attended! You may find the recording below:

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