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September 9, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm



San Francisco 1880-1900
Tuesday Sept 9
Ages 21+
California Historical Society: 678 Mission St, San Francisco

Join us September 9 at the California Historical Society for odd stories from the years between 1880-1900 in San Francisco, including the Adolph Sutro’s grand visions for palatial hotels, glass bathhouses and nickel trains at Land’s End, the wonders of the city’s first international exposition in 1894, crime, vice and murder in the city’s red-light district, opium dens, racist maps, and the day Oscar Wilde visited and got drunk with the Bohemian Club.

The evening’s stories will be paired with a pop-up exhibition in the Society library of items specially selected from their archives and collections to highlight the era.


Amy Widdowson Mains ~ Brief Biographies of the Gilded City
Marcelo Pontin ~ Hillside Mechanics: Building the Cable Cars
Todd Barrett ~ The Red Lights of Morton Street
Kaila Angelo ~ Wonders & the World in Golden Gate Park: the 1894 Midwinter Exposition
Jade Hoffman ~ The Aesthete and the Bohemians – Oscar Wilde in San Francisco
Annetta Black ~ Sutro’s City at Land’s End

Advance tickets recommended and appreciated

General admission $15. CHS Members $12.

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GILDED LILY 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


September 9, 2014
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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