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San Francisco Time Travel Project - Gilded Lily

California Historical Society

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)

San Francisco Time Travel Project - Gilded Lily

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General Admission Sold Out Ended $15.00 $1.82
CHS Member or Odd Salon Member Sold Out Ended $12.00 $1.65

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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!

September 9 - GILDED LILY

The environment for each program will be particapitory and raucous. Doors open at 6:00pm with a pre-reception and viewing of the gallery and collection items in CHS' North Baker Library. After the pre-reception introductions and presentations will commence. There will also be an intermission period from 7:50-8:15pm. The program officially ends at 9:30pm.

Introducing the speakers for GILDED LILY:

Marcelo Pontin ~ Hillside Mechanics: Building the Cable Cars

Todd Barrett ~ The Red Lights of Morton Street

Amy Widdowson Mains ~ Brief Biographies of the Gilded City

Jade Hoffman ~ The Aesthete and the Bohemians - Oscar Wilde in San Francisco 

Annetta Black ~ Sutro’s City at Land’s End

Kaila Angelo ~ Wonders & the World in Golden Gate Park: the 1894 Midwinter Exposition

Potential Objects Shown in the North Baker Library:

1909 Published report of the Citizens’ Health Committee, Eradicating Plague from San Francisco – concerning the second outbreak in 1907  [We don’t have display material for the epidemic of 1900]
-          Photos of the first De Young Museum
-          Sigismund Blumann photos of Chinatown; Taber photo of 1882 “Miss Cable’s class of Chinese girls”
-          Portraits of Donaldina Cameron, one showing her with pupils
-          Portrait of Ambrose Bierce
-          Photos of Robert Luis Stevenson
-          Photos of Adolph Sutro, his estate and Sutro Baths
-          Wool bathing suit from Sutro Baths
-          1906 issue of American Builders Review with Burnham Plan report
-          Photos and ephemera from Midwinter Int’l Expo
-          Menu from Pacific Union Club, 1890
-          Scrapbook that includes invitation, tickets to and reviews of Oscar Wilde’s lecture in Oakland
-          Muybridge motion studies

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



Have questions about San Francisco Time Travel Project - Gilded Lily? Contact California Historical Society

When & Where

California Historical Society
678 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)

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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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