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History Days at the Old U.S. Mint

Visit Shaping San Francisco/ and Department of Memory/Neighborhood Newspapers of San Francisco tables, along with all our local neighborhood history groups, geneaology organizations, local libraries, the National Park Service, and other history makers of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

At the Old U.S. Mint, 5th and Mission Streets: Friday for students and teachers only, Saturday 11-5, Sunday 11-4. Free admission.

Photo by Todd Sanchioni

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Bicycle Tours
“Cycles of History,” our social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco by bicycle.

Our fabulous bicycle tours are led by Critical Mass co-founder Chris Carlsson, with help from LisaRuth Elliott.

San Francisco Bicycle Tours

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NEXT BIKE TOUR »Saturday, February 23, 2019

Dept. of Memory:
From "Inside" to Outside Lands



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Ecology Emerges poster art by Mona Caron

Ecology Emerges

Discussions and reflections on the history of Bay Area ecological activism, based on oral histories documenting the past 50 years.

Ecology Emerges is an oral history gathering project to explore the past 50 years of ecological activism in the Bay Area and the role that individual and institutional memories play in the development, policy proposals, and interrelationships that together make up the existing networks of ecological politics.  We document the living ecological activist movement, in their own words, but also in a larger context of urban growth and globalization.

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Oral Histories

Oral Histories

Shaping San Francisco, as part of our ongoing work, sits down with people who have stories to tell and conducts oral history interviews.

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"Editor's Pick Tour" from

Comprised of over 1,400 pages, and 2,500 historical photos, the wiki-based archive is the product of hundreds of contributors, regular people who were compelled by the chance to investigate some piece of this City's past.

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