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Opening Reception, Sponsor Exhibition, and Presentation - International Conference of Independent Libraries & Mechanics’ Institutes

By Mechanics' Institute

When and where

Date and time

Starts on Friday, November 4, 2016 · 6pm PDT


Mechanics' Institute 2nd Floor Library 57 Post Street San Francisco, CA 94104


Conference guests are invited to participate in a reception held by the Mechanics’ Institute on Friday, November 4 at 6:00 pm. The reception will take place in the reading room on the 2nd floor of the Library and will be an opportunity to network with other conference guests, meet conference sponsors, and members of the Mechanics’ Institute community over wine and hearty appetizers.

At 7:00 pm there will be a presentation by local map purveyor and expert Jim Schein (see description below).

1854 San Francisco, Building on Solid Ground by Jim Schein

Prior to the 1906 earthquake and fire the Mechanics’ Institute acquired a large map drawn from the 1853 Survey of San Francisco by noted draftsman Richard P. Bridgens. This excessively rare map is among the earliest printed maps of the city of San Francisco and is notable for its grand dimensions and wonderful vignettes of the city’s landmarks and architecture. The Institute’s map resides on the 2nd floor of the Library. Learn about the early city, its businesses, and other maps from the era in this lecture with local map purveyor and expert Jim Schein.

About the organizer

The Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room is a historic membership library, cultural event center, and chess club located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California at 57 Post Street. Founded in 1854 to serve the vocational needs of out-of-work gold miners, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker who needs a quiet place to plug in a laptop and do research.

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