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Upcoming Events:

Fall 2017

Our Fall Calendar of Talks and Tours will appear in mid-Summer

Meanwhile, please enjoy our extensive history archive at and come on our Walking Tour on June 10, and Bicycle Labor History Tour on July 1.

More info on Shaping San Francisco Public Talks…

Walking Tours — Spring 2017

Social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco.

Saturday, February 18New Deal Murals, Italian SF, and Trash

Saturday, March 18Beer, Dunes, and Trains: SOMA

Saturday, May 13Rancho San Miguel Hilltopper

Saturday May 27Fort Mason and Northshore Part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival.

Saturday, June 10Summer of Peace, Love, & Anti-War

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, July 1, 2017, 12-4pm

Labor History

From the pre-urban history of Indian Slavery to the earliest 8-hour day movement in the U.S., the ebb and flow of class war is traced. SF's radical working class organizations are shaped in part by racist complicity in genocide and slavery, but from the 1870s to the 1940s there are dozens of epic battles between owners and workers, culminating in the 1934 General Strike and its aftermath. This is an entirely different look, during a four hour bike tour, at San Francisco labor history.



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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.

Check them out here.

"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.

See the latest highlights…