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Upcoming Events:

May 3, 7:30 pm

Agents of Change!


Fred Glass (From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement), takes a long look at the labor history of California with Chris Carlsson (, who focuses on the ebb and flow of class war in San Francisco.

With videos and discussion!

photo: Members of the Marine Cooks and Stewards Union in a Hiring Hall in 1952, courtesy San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

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Walking Tours — Spring 2017

Social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco.

Saturday, February 18New Deal Murals, Italian SF, and Trash

Saturday, March 18Beer, Dunes, and Trains: SOMA

Saturday, May 13Rancho San Miguel Hilltopper

SPECIAL! Saturday May 27Fort Mason and Northshore Part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival

Saturday, June 10Summer of Peace, Love, & Anti-War

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, 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.



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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…