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Until January 23, 2019

Spring Talks Planned

Pre-U.S. San Francisco; Social and legal fight against Japanese internment; Pacific Ocean Ecology and Politics; Dockworker Power SF and Durban South Africa; Patriarchy, Urbanity and the Ecological Crisis; Los Siete; Chris Cuadrado; and much more!

Photo: Japanese internees, April 1942. Photo: Dorothea Lange

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Walking Tours — Fall 2018

Social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco.

Saturday, September 22Scandalous South of Market

Saturday, October 13Ten Years That Shook the City: Mission District History!

Sunday, October 14Bound To Fall: Hub Neighborhood Walk

Saturday, November 17Market Street: The Contested Boulevard POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2019

Saturday, December 8Sea Level Rise: Mission Bay

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, January 26, 2019

Dept. of Memory:
South by Southeast



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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.

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