San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Journey with us back in time as we reveal the stories, people, lost landmarks, and ephemeral wonders of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Each month from June to November, Odd Salon, a community of history enthusiasts and experts, will tell the city’s weird and wonderful history through cocktail-hour talks highlighting the most fascinating, overlooked, strangest, and intriguing stories from the city’s past, one era at a time. To help bring these stories to life, CHS archivists and librarians will showcase objects of intrigue, including maps, photos, ephemera, rare books, and historic items from the CHS Collection in a series of pop-up exhibits in CHS' North Baker Library.
We begin with an exploration of the natural history and early foundations of the outpost that would become San Francisco and end with the incredible industrial growth of the WWII home front. In between are gold-hungry ne’er-do-wells, shipwrecks, stagecoach robberies, land-grabbing railroad barons, underground speakeasies, and city-eating earthquakes.
Join us for adventures in the missing city:
August 5 - SILVER CITY
Isolde Honore ~ The Devil's Teeth: Peril, War & the San Francisco Egg Industry
Kelly Jenson ~ The Wonders of Woodward's Gardens
Tre Balchowsky ~ Brief Biographies of the Silver City
Each program in this series will be feed off of audience participation and will provide a raucaus environment for guests. Pre-reception begins at 6:00pm and will include a viewing of CHS collection items in the library. No food or drink is allowed in the North Baker Library. Event begins at 7:00pm with presentations until 7:45pm. A 20 minute intermission will begin at 7:45 and end at 8:10pm with a second viewing of items in the CHS library. The program ends at 9:30pm.
Details about Bar, Merchandise, and Parking
Cash Bar and Cash Only for Merch Table
Nearest ATMs are on New Montgomery (Bank of America and Chase Bank), Market Street also has a number of ATMs. Walgreens, Tart to Tart, the Metreon, and Target all have functioning ATMs.
The following parking garages are available nearby:
Fifth & Mission Parking Garage, Fifth and Mission Sts.
Museum Parc Garage, 300 Third Street
Moscone Center Garage, 225 Third Street
Hearst Parking Center, 45 Third Street
55 Hawthorne Garage, 55 Hawthorne Street
St. Francis Place Garage, 1 St. Francis and Third Sts.
Jessie Square Parking Garage, 3rd Street at Stevenson
When & Where
California Historical Society
The California Historical Society is a membership-based, non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and empower people to make California's richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.
The California Historical Society holds one of the richest collections of primary and secondary materials in the state on the social, cultural, economic, and political development of California.
The North Baker Research Library provides public access to the collection, Wednesday through Friday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The Gallery provides public access to the collection through changing exhibitions, Tuesday through Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.