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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

Fall 2019

Our Fall Talks Series coming soon!

We are hard at work on planning our Fall Talks and Tours. We will have a confirmed calendar done by mid-July so check back here around then, and if you're on our mailing list, you'll get a print copy in August some time. We are preparing talks celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Indian occupation of Alcatraz, SF Poster Syndicate, 140th anniversary of Henry George's Poverty and Progress, Storytelling and Memory Keepers, Memory and Ecology in Neighborhood Corridors, 250th anniverary of Portola's sighting of the Bay, and MORE!

More info on Shaping San Francisco Public Talks…

Walking Tours — Spring 2019

Social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco.

Saturday, April 13Market Street: The Contested Boulevard

Saturday,May 11New Deal Murals, Italian SF, and Trash!

Saturday, May 18 CANCELLED! Saturday June 15 CANCELLED!Beer, Dunes, and Trains

Saturday, June 1Fort Mason & North Shore

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 6, 2019, 12pm-4pm

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.

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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.

See the latest highlights…