Erin Garcia, curator of “City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World’s Fair,” will profile five notable women. These include Phoebe Apperson Hearst, the well-known philanthropist who served as honorary president of the exposition’s Woman’s Board; Delilah Beasley, the African-American reporter who covered the fair for the Oakland Sunshine newspaper; and Alice Sue Fun, a 16-year-old department store stock girl who described her visit to the exposition’s Chinese pavilion as “the highlight of [her] life." Their stories represent their distinctly different positions in society and help us understand the diversity of female experiences in 1915 San Francisco. The evening program will take place on what would be Phoebe Hearst’s 173rd birthday! Please join us as we toast Hearst and the role of other important women at the 1915 World’s Fair.
Erin Garcia is the managing curator of exhibitions at the California Historical Society. She has worked at the Getty Museum, SFMOMA, and Oakland Museum.