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June 3, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Odd Salon at the California Historical Society - Before San Francisco

Before this sandy peninsula was San Francisco, while the rest of our nation was being claimed, settled, fought over, and hard won, the birthplace of our city lay in wait. Despite being claimed for hundred of years by remote foreign kings, the lands that would become The City were almost bereft of visitors from outside, the limelight focused on this continent’s eastern coast.

Join us for an evening dedicated to the natural history of the San Francisco bay and peninsula, and stories of the native peoples, plants and animals, the intrepid early explorers, missionaries, military men, and the settlers who set down roots in a little town called Yerba Buena.

Tuesday June 3
Ages 21+
California Historical Society: 678 Mission St, San Francisco


John Martini ~ At the Edge of the Known World: Wayward Explorers, Distant Empires & the Foundations of San Francisco

Miles Traer ~ Fauna, Flora, Floods & Faultlines: San Francisco’s Hidden Nature

Matthew Nelson ~ The Military & the Missionary Men: Exploration, Conflict and Compromise in Spanish Alta California

Annetta Black & Tre Balchowsky ~ Rogues Gallery: Brief Introductions to Interesting Lives in the City Before the City

KC Crowell ~ Guadalupe, María de la Luz & Juana Briones: San Francisco’s Original Start Up Sisters

Josh Greenwalt ~ Robert Ridley, Aguardente and the Art of Getting Drunk in Old Yerba Buena

Advance tickets recommended and appreciated

General admission $15. CHS Members $12.

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BEFORE SAN FRANCISCO is part of the San Francisco Time Travel Project, a collaboration between Odd Salon and the California Historical Society. Odd Salon is an evening series of cocktail hour lectures in San Francisco, featuring short talks illuminating extraordinary and unusual chapters from history, science, art, and adventure.

Odd Salon at California Historical Society


June 3, 2014
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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California Historical Society
678 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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