San Francisco Museum and Historical Society

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Coordinates: 37°46′58.0″N 122°24′25.8″W / 37.782778°N 122.407167°W / 37.782778; -122.407167

Old U.S. Mint in San Francisco, future home of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society

The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, and presentation of the history of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area.[1] It is the official historical museum of San Francisco.[2]

The society conducts walking tours of San Francisco, and holds monthly programs, tours and other exhibitions at the Old San Francisco Mint,[3] for which it is currently raising funds to renovate as a permanent home of the museum.[4] It also maintains the Encyclopedia of San Francisco, which aims to become the definitive reference work of the history of San Francisco.[5]

History[edit]

The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society was created from the merger of two organizations. The San Francisco Historical Society was founded in 1988 by historian Charles Fracchia.[6] It was a membership-based organization focused on programs and publications,[7] and supported the creation of the Barbary Coast Trail walking tour.[8]

The Museum of the City of San Francisco was founded in 1991 by Gladys Hansen, the city archivist of San Francisco. It had a small exhibit space at The Cannery until 2000, when it lost its lease.[9] It then had temporary exhibits at Pier 45 (near Fisherman's Wharf) and at San Francisco City Hall.[10]

The two organizations merged in February 2002.[11] One of the purposes of the merger was so that they could put together one proposal to renovate and operate the Old Mint as a history museum.[12] However, the Museum of the City of San Francisco's original web site, operated directly by Gladys Hansen, remained independent, and in 2003 renamed itself as the Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco.[13] Hansen's personal research collection of artifacts from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake also remained in her possession.[14]

The society supported a project called FoundSF, a grassroots history of San Francisco created by the Shaping San Francisco project, from 2009 to 2011.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Society". San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Resolution recognizing and supporting the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society as the official historical museum of the City and County of San Francisco (Resolution Number 145-02)". San Francisco Board of Supervisors. January 29, 2002. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Events". San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Our Plan". San Francisco Museum at the Mint. San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ "About the Encyclopedia". Encyclopedia of San Francisco. San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Charles A. Fracchia". San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ Minutes of the September 12, 2002 meeting. Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco. September 12, 2002. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ Nolte, Carl (June 30, 1999). "S.F. Trails Cross Paths: Supervisors are told two walks are one too many". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ Rubenstein, Steve (February 17, 2000). "S.F. Museum Packs It Up At Cannery". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ Epstein, Edward (June 2, 2003). "Dreaming of a city museum: An exhibit of S.F. history may find a home in the Old Mint". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  11. ^ Minutes of the November 14, 2002 Meeting. San Francisco Museum and Historical Society Advisory Committee. November 14, 2002. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  12. ^ Martinfield, Seán (November 21, 2007). "The Old Mint – Breathing New Life Into “The Granite Lady”". San Francisco Sentinel. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ "About the Museum". Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco. Archived from the original on August 23, 2003. 
  14. ^ Minutes of the January 29, 2003 Meeting. San Francisco Museum and Historical Society Advisory Committee. January 29, 2003. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  15. ^ "About Us". Shaping San Francisco. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 

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