Crossing centuries and social mores, editors Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus (Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute) and author Clare Sears (Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco) take us into 19th Century San Francisco’s underworld of prostitutes, cross dressers, and others who transgressed the strict gender norms of the time. We look at how normative gender and sexuality were policed and created by widespread mid-1800s laws as well as challenged by gender defiers. Our panelists share the fascinating detective work of the archival research process uncovering these complex and often hidden stories of history.
Walking Tours — Spring 2017
Saturday, February 18—New Deal Murals, Italian SF, and Trash
Saturday, March 18—Beer, Dunes, and Trains: SOMA
Saturday, May 13—Rancho San Miguel Hilltopper
SPECIAL! Saturday May 27—Fort Mason and Northshore Part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival
Saturday, June 10—Summer of Peace, Love, & Anti-War
“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.
NEXT BIKE TOUR » Saturday, March 25, 2017, 11 am-5pm
San Francisco Ecology
A bicycling field trip with special guest host and naturalist extraordinaire Josiah Clark, starting in front of historic McLaren Lodge. Expect to see dozens of native San Francisco species, 80-100 different bird species, overlooked habitats, trees where they never were, water where there was no water… Come to understand this place for its own inherent value and get an insider’s view of current management practices and strategies for co-existence; explore the challenges and opportunities for sustainable urban ecology in our city. Tour ends at Crissy Field.RSVP
Explore Shaping San Francisco:
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.
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.