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Jewel City San Francisco Launch

California Historical Society

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM (PST)

Jewel City San Francisco Launch

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
CHS Member Ended Free $0.00
Heyday Member Ended Free $0.00
General Admission Ended $5.00 $1.27

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Event Details

Please join us to celebrate the publication of Laura Ackley's

San Francisco's Jewel City:
The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915

5:45: Doors Open

6:00: Reception
Light snacks and beverages

6:45: Lecture
This "Whirlwind Tour of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition" will take the audience on an amazing tour of the Fair from its original concept in 1904 through its development and all the way to its gala opening in February 1915. We'll peek inside the gorgeous exhibit "Palaces" for a look at just a few of the wonders therein, and finish with some of the attractions on the Joy Zone, the PPIE's midway. Illustrated with dozens of amazing photos, lantern slides, postcards, souvenirs and panoramas, this Whirlwind Tour appeals to any audience with an interest in history.

7:15: Book signing
Laura Ackley will sell and sign copies of her new book.

About the author

Laura Ackley holds graduate degrees in Architecture from Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley. Her interest in the Panama Pacific International Exposition was captured by a Cultural Landscapes course during her undergraduate years. Laura has published a number of articles on the Bay Area special effects and animation industries and has taught 3D computer modeling and animation for more than a decade. She lives in Marin County with her husband Sander and Murphy, their Scottish Fold cat.

About the book

2015 marks the centennial year of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, when host city San Francisco emerged from the ashes of earthquake and fire as a center of beauty and progress. This lavishly illustrated volume is as much a triumph as the fair itself. San Francisco's Jewel City takes readers on an in-depth tour of the PPIE, revealing the dramas of constructing the fair and the displays of culture and industry that awaited within the exposition walls: electrical home appliances, rides in a homemade airplane, a world tour of twenty-one international pavilions, luminous radium crystals, and, of course, a model of the world-changing Panama Canal. Along the way, we meet famous (and infamous) visitors, such as Theodore Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Thomas Edison, and Buffalo Bill Cody. Historian Laura Ackley's compelling text is unparalleled in its breadth of scope and richness of detail, providing social and political context for the fair and offering insight into its legacy today.



This book has been co-published with Heyday and is part of the Centennial Celebration of the Panama Pacific International Exposition. For more information, please visit

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When & Where

California Historical Society
678 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM (PST)

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California Historical Society

Our mission is to inspire and empower Californians to make the 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 Gallery provides public access to the collection through changing exhibitions, Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The North Baker Research Library provides public access to the collection, Wednesday through Friday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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