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January 7, 6:30 pm

Turning the Pages of Time: The Semaphore and Other Neighborhood Newspapers

Italian Community Services, 678 Green Street

Lisa Ruth Elliott and her team of volunteers with the San Francisco Department of Memory have recently finished scanning the entire printed archive of The Semaphore. Ours is one of several that have participated in the digitization of local newspapers, contributing to a fascinating body of work that can be searched and viewed online. We welcome Lisa Ruth to share her insights and wisdom gained from her work, and tell us about the role local publications such as The Semaphore have played in local activism across San Francisco.

More info on Shaping San Francisco Public Talks . . .

Our ongoing Public Talks series runs on Wednesday evenings 7:30-9:30 at Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics @ 518 Valencia Street (near 16th), in San Francisco

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“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.

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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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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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