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Next Talk, April 11, 2012:
West of Eden: Utopia and Communes
in Northern California

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Ten Years That Shook
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Shaping San Francisco is an ongoing multimedia project in bottom-up, participatory history... recovering lost history and sharing the story of daily life in the City by the Bay. Read more:

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Shaping San Francisco is a living archive of the city providing people with access to its lost history. Hundreds of people have contributed stories, photos, video oral histories, and more. Through our unique approach to community history, we focus mainly on labor, ecology, transit, and dissent and how they have changed the landscape of San Francisco since the 1850s. Our projects attempt to show that history is much more than Richter scales and gold rushes.

Our long-term goal is to facilitate the discovery, presentation, preservation of, and access to local history, incorporating the past into a rapidly changing future. Join us for one of our FREE "Talks" most Wednesday evening of the month. Pedal along with us on an award winning Bicycle History Tour.

Early history of Shaping San Francisco

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