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NEW! Bay Cruises along San Francisco's bayshore . . .

Upcoming Events:

Our ongoing Public Talks series on Wednesday evenings 7:30-9:30 at Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics @ 518 Valencia Street (near 16th), in San Francisco remains on hold at least until Fall 2021. We plan to resume our Talks after the pandemic crisis subsides.

Saturday, November 6, Noon

Glen Canyon to Sutro Forest

Starting with Glen Canyon, follow parts of the Crosstown Trail and then visit Sutro Forest.

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The "Urban Forum: Walk & Talk" is an outdoor gathering to replace our normal schedule of indoor public talks. These are shorter urban walks with a guest speaker or two, ending in a place where we can sit (safely) and have an open conversation about history, public space, and the themes that come up along the way.

More info on Shaping San Francisco Public Talks . . .

Walking Tours — Fall 2021

Social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco.


Saturday, September 4Scandalous South of Market

Saturday, October 23Valencia Street: Corridor to Colma
Co-hosted by the United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco

Programming funded in part by the Government of Ireland: Emigrant Support Programme

Saturday, November 20Beer, Dunes, and Trains

Saturday, December 4 11-1pmKing Tide/Sea 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 »Sunday October 31, 2021, 11-3pm 

Haunting Tour of Colma Cemeteries


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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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