One hundred years ago, on July 17, 1915, the Liberty Bell arrived in San Francisco from Philadelphia after a two-week journey—“a whistle-stop tour across the country on an open gondola car cushioned by special shock absorbers and enclosed by an iron railing,” as fair historian Laura Ackley notes. The occasion was a four-month viewing at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), San Francisco’s 1915 world’s fair. From July 17 to November 11, the bell was on view at the fair’s Pennsylvania Building during the day and was rolled into a vault every evening.
Among the scheduled events at CHS’s centennial celebration is a digital viewing on HistoryPin of private family images of the Liberty Bell float “pinned” by Rose Marie Cleese, the granddaughter of former San Francisco Mayor Angelo Rossi.
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California Historical Society
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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.
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