Before this sandy peninsula was San Francisco, while the rest of our nation was being claimed, settled, fought over, and hard won, the birthplace of our city lay in wait. Despite being claimed for hundred of years by remote foreign kings, the lands that would become The City were almost bereft of visitors from outside, the limelight focused on this continent’s eastern coast.
Join us for an evening dedicated to the natural history of the San Francisco bay and peninsula, and stories of the native peoples, plants and animals, the intrepid early explorers, missionaries, military men, and the settlers who set down roots in a little town called Yerba Buena.
BEFORE SAN FRANCISCO
Tuesday June 3
California Historical Society: 678 Mission St, San Francisco
John Martini ~ At the Edge of the Known World: Wayward Explorers, Distant Empires & the Foundations of San Francisco
Miles Traer ~ Fauna, Flora, Floods & Faultlines: San Francisco’s Hidden Nature
Matthew Nelson ~ The Military & the Missionary Men: Exploration, Conflict and Compromise in Spanish Alta California
Annetta Black & Tre Balchowsky ~ Rogues Gallery: Brief Introductions to Interesting Lives in the City Before the City
KC Crowell ~ Guadalupe, María de la Luz & Juana Briones: San Francisco’s Original Start Up Sisters
Josh Greenwalt ~ Robert Ridley, Aguardente and the Art of Getting Drunk in Old Yerba Buena
Advance tickets recommended and appreciated
General admission $15. CHS Members $12.
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BEFORE SAN FRANCISCO is part of the San Francisco Time Travel Project, a collaboration between Odd Salon and the California Historical Society. Odd Salon is an evening series of cocktail hour lectures in San Francisco, featuring short talks illuminating extraordinary and unusual chapters from history, science, art, and adventure.