San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
In partnership with the Irish American Crossroads Festival, we present an evening exploring the Irish presence in 1915 San Francisco and their connections to the Panama Pacific International Exposition.
We begin at 4pm with a call to community members to bring their photo albums and ephemera connecting their family's history to early San Francisco and the fair. Enjoy a light reception and share stories of 1915 San Francisco. At 6:00 PM we will host a discussion with Elizabeth Creely, writer and local historian, and others examining the Irish presence at the 1915 World’s Fair.
In 1915, Irish politics and culture were shaped by the anti-conscription movement, labor struggle and the possibility of independence from England. In 1915 San Francisco, the Irish could boast having an Irish-American, James Duval Phelan, represent them in the U.S. Senate. Yet the “Shamrock Isle” exhibit at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition showed a simple, rural people untouched by change and frozen in time. “The Shamrock Isle: Images of Ireland at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition” will explore the dichotomy between these images and the reality of Ireland and on the eve of revolution.
When & Where
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.