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Bicycle and walking tours, Urban Forums: Walk-n-Talk, plus monthly Bay Cruises!

Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 pm
—at 518 Valencia—

The New Deal in San Francisco

Celebrating our 25th anniversary with a return to our Public Talk series at 518 Valencia with our good friends at the Living New Deal project. Gray Brechin, Chris VerPlanck and special guests will surprise us with how much San Francisco still depends on infrastructure built during the original 1930s New Deal!

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“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.

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NEXT BIKE TOUR » Sunday, July 2, 12-4 pm, (Part of Laborfest) pm 

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.

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