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The Museum of the City of San Francisco and
the Programming Department of San Francisco City Hall
The "Story of San Francisco" Lecture Series
Lectures are held in the South Light Court of San Francisco City Hall
on the last Tuesday of each month from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.


The First Lecture was part of the celebration for the 154th Anniversary of the Naming of the City of San Francisco. Mayor Willie L. Brown spoke at this commemorative event, and Gladys Hansen, founder and curator of the Museum of the City of San Francisco, shared some inspiring stories about the refugees of San Francisco's Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906.
  On Tuesday, February 27th, the African American Historical Society hosted a lecture by prominent African American Photographer, David Johnson. Mr. Johnson discussed San Francisco's African American Community during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, focusing on life in San Francisco's Fillmore District. The program also featured a slide presentation of Mr. Johnson's photography.
On Tuesday, March 27th, Eva Royale, Northern California Regional Manager of the United Farm Workers of America, founded by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, discussed the history of the UFW Movement. The lecture launched a series of educational and cultural events honoring Cesar E. Chavez and ending with a new California State Holiday to commemorate his birthday, March 31.

On Tuesday, April 24th, C. David Robinson, prominent San Francisco architect, gave a lecture and a slide presentation on the history of some of San Francisco's more notable architecture. The program featured the great urban plans and the great buildings of San Francisco, as well as a few of the icons, oddities and details which contribute to the City's singular richness and character.
On Tuesday, May 29th, Allen Cohen, founder of the legendary psychedelic newspaper, The San Francisco Oracle, presented a lecture on The Haight Ashbury in the '60s. To accompany his discussion, Mr. Cohen showed images from his CD-ROM, and he read passages from his poetry. Allen Cohen is the author of two books of poetry: Childbirth is Ecstasy and The Reagan Poems.
In 1967 he co-produced The First Human Be-In.



 On June 26th, The United Nations Association of San Francisco hosted the Official Commemorative Event for UN Charter Day 2001, celebrating the founding of the United Nations in San Francisco. The program included a documentary film on the history of the United Nations, an awards presentation by UNA-SF president, Nancy Peterson, speeches by the Mayor of SF and other guests, and multicultural arts performances.

On Tuesday, August 28th, the Chinese Historical Society of America presented a lecture by historian, architect and author, Philip P. Choy. In his lecture, entitled, "The Unknown Chinatown," Mr. Choy discussed the history and culture of San Francisco's Chinese American Community and the architectural landmarks of SF's Chinatown District.

Tuesday, October 30th, Susan Stryker, historian, co-author of "Gay by the Bay" and Executive Director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Historical Society of Northern California presented a lecture and slide show exploring the history and politics behind the Gay Neighborhoods of San Francisco.

In the final lecture on Tuesday, November 27th, The Interfaith Center at the Presidio gave a presentation on the ways people of different faiths ­ here in San Francisco as well as throughout the world ­ celebrate the holidays.
Lecture Series proceeds helped fund the Museum of the City of San Francisco in its installation of historical exhibits in the South Light Court of SF City Hall.

The "Story of San Francisco" Lecture Series was
sponsored by The Museum of the City of San Francisco.
This special program was produced by Unity Foundation.


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