WNP Events Calendar

We're happy to appear at street fairs, festivals, and other community events to show old photos of the neighborhood, give out free booklets, and chat with people about west SF history.

We also do slide shows and lectures for community groups, classrooms, preschools, clubs, historical societies, and other organizations who'd like to hear more about topics like the Sunset district, the old Rancho San Miguel, earthquake shacks, and "Carville".

Past Events
  • Sep 15th, 2018 4:00pm (Saturday) at Unity Plaza
    Ocean Avenue Bar & History Crawl

    The Ocean Avenue Bar & History Crawl will benefit Ocean Avenue arts projects. Enjoy premium craft beer and history talks from Woody LaBounty of Western Neighborhoods Project. Tickets are available now for $20 and give holders access to $1 craft beers. For more information and tickets: https://oceanbarcrawl2018.brownpapertickets.com
    map to: Unity Plaza 1002 Ocean Avenue
    Contact: Neil Ballard info.oacbd@gmail.com
    more info: https://oceanbarcrawl2018.brownpapertickets.com

  • Sep 8th, 2018 11:00am (Saturday)
    Richmond District Autumn Moon Festival

    WNP will be at the second Richmond District Autumn Moon Festival on Clement Street between 5th and 8th Avenues. Come visit our booth, see some old images of the neighborhood, and say hello!
    map to:

  • Sep 6th, 2018 7:00pm (Thursday) at Western Neighborhoods Project
    Kezar Stadium Memories

    Now the ’San Francisco’ 49ers play in a massive state-of-the-art stadium in Santa Clara, but it wasn’t that long ago that the city’s professional football team played in Golden Gate Park, with fans pouring out into the Haight and Inner Sunset after games. For the opening weekend of the 2018 National Football League season we will take a look back with rare historic memories and images of football days at Kezar Stadium.

    Tickets $10. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.
    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Aug 12th, 2018 12:00pm (Sunday)
    Outside Lands Music Festival

    Coming to the Outside Lands Music and Art Festival in Golden Gate Park? Drop by the Western Neighborhoods Project tent for a dose of local history between hearing the bands and seeing the sights.
    map to:

  • Aug 11th, 2018 12:00pm (Saturday)
    Outside Lands Music Festival

    Coming to the Outside Lands Music and Art Festival in Golden Gate Park? Drop by the Western Neighborhoods Project tent for a dose of local history between hearing the bands and seeing the sights.
    map to:

  • Aug 10th, 2018 12:00pm (Friday)
    Outside Lands Music Festival

    Coming to the Outside Lands Music and Art Festival in Golden Gate Park? Drop by the Western Neighborhoods Project tent for a dose of local history between hearing the bands and seeing the sights.
    map to:

  • Aug 4th, 2018 12:00pm (Saturday)
    Playland Balboa Music Festival

    We’ll be in front of the Balboa Theatre (Balboa Street near 38th) with Playland memorabilia and photos at this neighborhood street celebration. Free of charge. Come say hi!
    map to:

  • Jul 26th, 2018 7:00pm (Thursday) at Western Neighborhoods Project
    Vanished Golden Gate Park

    SOLD OUT

    Renowned Golden Gate Park historian Christopher Pollock will join Woody LaBounty in a conversation and presentation on the vanished landmarks, structures, and oddities of the park. From an iron suspension bridge over Middle Drive, to a casino next to the Conservatory of Flowers, to deer, sheep, and kangaroos, we will explore the park of the past using historical photographs, maps, and postcards. With the 150th anniversary of Golden Gate Park’s creation just two years away, we will also speculate on its future and what may be next to vanish.
    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Jul 14th, 2018 11:00am (Saturday) at Western Neighborhoods Project
    OpenSFHistory: Top Ten of the Month

    Come join Nicole Meldahl, David Gallagher, and Woody LaBounty for a fast-paced illustrated presentation of the top ten historical San Francisco images scanned in the past month for OpenSFHistory.org

    (See the video of our last OpenSFHistory: Top Ten show.)

    Tickets are $10 (a mere dollar an image). Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.
    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Jun 21st, 2018 7:00pm (Thursday) at Western Neighborhoods Project
    Where the Streetcars Used to Go

    SOLD OUT

    Drawing on OpenSFHistory images, designer Chris Arvin has created an interactive historic streetcar map that allows users to explore the routes San Francisco streetcars took and those that remain today. Join us as we foray into a discussion with Chris about the making of this map and the history he discovered in the process.

    Tickets are $10, but space is limited so reserve your seat today.
    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Jun 16th, 2018 11:00am (Saturday) at Argonne Elementary School
    One Richmond Community Party

    We will join Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer & the Richmond District Neighborhood Center for a free party to celebrate the launch of the new neighborhood initiative: One Richmond! Local Food, music, resources, and more, including us! A good time to see our new home just around the block too, so come say hello.
    map to: Argonne Elementary School 680 18th Avenue
    Contact: Ian Fregosi ian.fregosi@sfgov.org

  • Jun 16th, 2018 11:00am (Saturday)
    Golden Gate Heights Member Walk

    FULL - COME TO A FUTURE EVENT!
    Woody LaBounty will lead a walking tour of the western slope of Golden Gate Heights for Western Neighborhoods Project members and their guests. The walk will feature vast views, natural curiosities, surprising architecture, odd tales, and some beautiful public art. There will be some inclines (although we will avoid the worst). Heavy rain will cancel.
    map to:
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • May 24th, 2018 7:00pm (Thursday) at Western Neighborhoods Project at 1617 Balboa Street
    Lone Mountain Cemeteries and Discovering Edith Cook

    SOLD OUT

    In 2016, a backyard landscaping project at a home near Rossi Park turned up a small metal casket with two viewing windows. Inside, a young girl lay suspended in an exceptional state of preservation. In early March 2018, dozens of grave markers and cut stones were unearthed during a parking lot renovation.

    From the 1850s until the 1930s, San Francisco’s dead rested in four large cemeteries around Lone Mountain. Why were they removed and what remains of them both above and below ground in the city? Join us for an illustrated presentation on the cemeteries and a conversation with L. J. Moore and Alex Snyder, who was part of the investigative team that discovered the identity of the little girl found 140 years after being laid to her ’final’ rest.
    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project at 1617 Balboa Street 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • May 23rd, 2018 2:00pm (Wednesday) at George Washington High School
    Washington High School WNP Member Tour

    FULL!

    Richard Rothman will lead a WNP member tour of George Washington High School with highlights including a mural by Victor Arnautoff, football field frieze by Sargent Johnson, and other important artwork incorporated into the school. Learn the history of the Timothy Pfleuger-designed campus and its importance to the architectural history of San Francisco. The tour is free, but limited to 20 WNP members.
    map to: George Washington High School 600 32nd Avenue
    Contact: Woody woody@outsidelands.org

  • May 19th, 2018 2:00pm (Saturday) at The Plough and the Stars
    WNP 19th Birthday Bash

    Help us celebrate 19 years of preserving and sharing history and support your favorite nonprofit neighborhood history group. Western Neighborhoods Project will take over venerable Richmond District institution The Plough and the Stars for an afternoon of toasts, historical images, and stories. Come hear about earthquake refugee shacks, Irish pub histories, and how Outside Lands once more became a familiar phrase to San Franciscans.

    We have to keep it 21+, but perhaps we'll have a kid-friendly event soon with more birthday cake. Tickets are a mere $19. We will take admission at the door today!
    map to: The Plough and the Stars 116 Clement Street
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Apr 28th, 2018 1:00pm (Saturday) at Green Apple Books
    Ask a Historian Table at Green Apple Books

    As part of the controlled celebrational madness that is Independent Bookstore Day, WNP's Woody LaBounty will staff an "Ask a Historian" table in front of Green Apple Books. Come ask any question of the west side's history guy. (He has a 50% correct answer rate, but all are somewhat entertaining.)
    map to: Green Apple Books 506 Clement Street
    more info: https://www.greenapplebooks.com

  • Apr 28th, 2018 1:00pm (Saturday) at Sutro Reading Room, J. Paul Leonard Library
    Sutro 188th Birthday Celebration

    WNP Board Member Chelsea Sellin will be a speaker at a celebration of the 188th anniversary of Adolph Sutro's birthday at the Sutro Library Reading Room of the California State Library at San Francisco State University.

    Hear about the forgotten history of the Sutro Family women, Adolph Sutro's place in Jewish life in the city, and more. Sponsored by the California State Library Foundation. Free, but you must RSVP through Eventbrite at sutrobday.eventbrite.com
    map to: Sutro Reading Room, J. Paul Leonard Library 1630 Holloway Avenue
    Contact: sutro@library.ca.gov
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-adolph-sutros-birthday-tickets-44229710254

  • Apr 26th, 2018 7:00pm (Thursday) at Western Neighborhoods Project at 1617 Balboa Street
    Finding the Parkside: WNP Member Symposium

    Join Woody LaBounty and Sunset District historian Lorri Ungaretti for a special member symposium on the Parkside District. Begun in 1905 as an optimistic real estate venture on foggy sand dunes, the Parkside played a role in the post-earthquake government graft trials, grew into one of the west side's most influential neighborhoods, and kept an identity separate from the greater Sunset District through most of the twentieth century.

    We will explore the Parkside's history and identity with maps, photographs, ephemera, personal memories, and conversation.

    Free to WNP members, but space is limited. RSVP by clicking the Contact Us button or emailing to woody@outsidelands.org
    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project at 1617 Balboa Street 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Apr 21st, 2018 11:00am (Saturday) at Western Neighborhoods Project on Balboa
    Sutro's Glass Palace: The Story of Sutro Baths

    SOLD OUT! (Check out Facebook... we may be able to broadcast it.)

    Built in the 1890s, Sutro Baths was the largest indoor bathhouse in the world, featuring seven swimming pools, art works, promenades and museum exhibits, all covered by nearly three acres of glass. Today, only broken concrete ruins remain at Lands End. Even in ruins, the Sutro Baths still draws thousands of people daily who explore its mysterious foundations and rocky tunnels. This talk by former National Park Service ranger John Martini includes many never before seen photographs of Adolph Sutro's legendary Glass Palace. Tickets are $10. Copies of John's Sutro Baths book will be available for sale and signing.
    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project on Balboa 1617 Balboa Street

  • Apr 14th, 2018 12:00pm (Saturday) at Western Neighborhoods Project at 1617 Balboa Street
    WNP Open Hours: Playland Movie

    Drop by our open hours at 1617 Balboa Street to chat with WNP folks, learn some local history, and check out Tom Wyrsch's great documentary "Remembering Playland at the Beach." We'll be showing it at noon on our super big television.
    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project at 1617 Balboa Street 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Arnold Woods arnold@outsidelands.org

  • Apr 7th, 2018 12:00pm (Saturday) at Sunset Branch Library
    Sunset Branch Library 100 Years

    WNP will help the Sunset branch of the San Francisco Public Library celebrate its 100th anniversary with old photos, history, and a presentation about the beautiful Carnegie library building and the surrounding neighborhood at 1:30pm. Free to all!
    map to: Sunset Branch Library 1305 18th Avenue
    more info: https://sfpl.org/?pg=0100001801

  • Mar 31st, 2018 12:00pm (Saturday) at Western Neighborhoods Project on Balboa
    Caring for Your Family Treasures

    WNP Board Member Anisha Gupta, who works as a conservator preserving works on paper and photographs at the Legion of Honor, will give a presentation about art conservation and how to care for your own family treasures. You are welcome to bring in family documents or photographs to get advice from Anisha on how to properly store and display them.

    This event is free of charge.
    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project on Balboa 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Mar 22nd, 2018 7:00pm (Thursday) at Western Neighborhoods Project on Balboa
    Jitterbuggin: The Story of One Sunset Family

    SOLD OUT!
    Join us as we host a special screening of master storyteller Ron Jones' documentary on growing up in the Sunset District in the 1950s. Archival footage, photos, and tales from a unique family from the time of swing in the 1940s to today's hip-hop.

    Ron will join us for a short Q&A after. More about him at http://www.ronjoneswriter.com

    Admission is $10. Space is limited, so reserve your seat.


    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project on Balboa 1617 Balboa Street

  • Mar 17th, 2018 11:00am (Saturday) at Western Neighborhoods Project at 1617 Balboa Street
    OpenSFHistory: Top Ten of the Month

    Come to the Home for History and enjoy an illustrated presentation of the top ten historical San Francisco images scanned in the past month for OpenSFHistory.org (We might have a bias for Irish landmarks, as it will be St. Patricks Day.)

    Tickets are $10 (a mere dollar an image). Space is limited, so reserve your spot today:

    Purchase Tickets


    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project at 1617 Balboa Street 1617 Balboa Street

  • Mar 4th, 2018 11:00am (Sunday) at Old Mint
    San Francisco History Days

    The free San Francisco History Days at the landmark Old Mint returns! Join community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, reenactors, and other history enthusiasts at this free open house, as we once again celebrate and tell the stories of San Francisco’s past.
    map to: Old Mint 88 5th Street
    more info: http://sfhistorydays.org/

  • Mar 3rd, 2018 11:00am (Saturday) at Old Mint
    San Francisco History Days

    The free San Francisco History Days at the landmark Old Mint returns! Join community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, reenactors, and other history enthusiasts at this free open house, as we once again celebrate and tell the stories of San Francisco’s past.
    map to: Old Mint 88 5th Street
    more info: http://sfhistorydays.org/

  • Feb 17th, 2018 10:00am (Saturday) at Fort Funston
    Fort Funston Member Walk

    WALK FULL
    Join local historian John Martini for a history walk around Fort Funston. You will learn it is more than hang gliders and dog walkers. The now-recreational area began its history as San Franciscos most remote (some said desolate) army post in 1900. From World War I to the Cold War, the post featured barracks, massive gun emplacements, trenches, antiaircraft guns, and NIKE missiles that protected the southern approach to San Francisco Bay. Today, the remains of many of these fortifications lie buried beneath the city’s last large expanse of natural dunes. Walk will cover unpaved, sandy areas.

    This walk is free but limited to 30 WNP members and their guests.
    map to: Fort Funston

  • Feb 15th, 2018 7:00pm (Thursday) at WNP Home for History
    100 Years of the Twin Peaks Tunnel: WNP Member Symposium

    Join us for a special member symposium on the centennial of the opening of the Twin Peaks Tunnel. On February 3, 1918, Mayor Rolph drove the first MUNI streetcar from Eureka Valley to West Portal. Over the next decade, the Forest Hill, St. Francis Wood, Ingleside Terraces, West Portal, and Parkside neighborhoods saw hundreds of new homes built. Was it the tunnel, the rise of the automobile, or just a booming economy?

    Come hear about the conception, construction, and legacy of streetcar tunnel that still carries thousands of San Franciscans on the K-Ingleside, L-Taraval, and M-Oceanview routes.

    Free to WNP members, but space is limited. RSVP by clicking the Contact Us button or emailing to woody@outsidelands.org
    map to: WNP Home for History 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Woody woody@outsidelands.org

  • Feb 3rd, 2018 12:00pm (Saturday) at WNP Home for History
    WNP Open House

    Join us for an open house at our new, accessible, and welcoming location, 1617 Balboa Street (near 17th Avenue). Come by and see how things are shaping up, view historical images, learn about the 100th anniversary of the Twin Peaks Tunnel, and hear our plans for history presentations, exhibits, and conversations in our "Home for History."
    map to: WNP Home for History 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Jan 11th, 2018 7:00pm (Thursday) at Presidio Officers Club
    Outside Lands Podcast LIVE

    As part of Presidio Dialogues, we will make a live recording of the Western Neighborhoods Project's podcast, Outside Lands San Francisco. See how a podcast is made and join hosts Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher as they talk west side nightclubs, dissect listener mail, and play Outside Lands True/False Trivia.

    Make your reservation at the Presidio Dialogues site.
    map to: Presidio Officers Club 50 Moraga Avenue
    more info: https://www.presidio.gov/events/presidio-live-podcast-exploring-san-franciscos-west-side-history

  • Nov 27th, 2017 7:00pm (Monday) at SHARP Meeting Room
    OpenSFHistory: Inner Sunset and Sunset Heights

    Woody LaBounty will appear at the monthly meeting of the Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People (SHARP) to give an illustrated history of the Inner Sunset District and Sunset Heights over the last 100 years using images from the OpenSFHistory collection. Free to the public, but space is limited, so get there early.
    map to: SHARP Meeting Room 1736 9th Avenue
    more info: http://sharpsf.com/?meeting=history-sunset-heights-1920s-present-woody-labounty

  • Nov 4th, 2017 6:00pm (Saturday) at TPC Harding Golf Club
    West Side Stories

    Join us at Lake Merced for a gala celebration benefiting Western Neighborhoods Project. "West Side Stories" will be held at TPC Harding Park golf club and feature history, adult beverages, history, a buffet dinner of magnificent proportions, history, a silent auction, conviviality, and a bit of history with dessert.

    Get more information and purchase tickets at http://outsidelands.org/gala/
    map to: TPC Harding Golf Club 99 Harding Way
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org
    more info: http://outsidelands.org/gala/

  • Oct 28th, 2017 11:00am (Saturday) at BalBooa Festival
    BalBooa Festival

    We will have a booth at the Third Annual BalBooa Fright Fest with historical images of the Richmond, copies of Outside Lands magazine, and local history information. Drop by and say hello!

    Bring the whole family: there will be a scavenger hunt, Halloween activities, and a petting zoo all between 35th and 39th Avenue on Balboa Street.
    map to: BalBooa Festival
    Contact: info@balboavillagesf.org
    more info: https://www.balboavillagesf.org/balbooa2017

  • Oct 10th, 2017 7:30pm (Tuesday) at Roosevelt Middle School
    OpenSFHistory: Richmond District

    WNP teams up with the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society to share the stories behind historical images of the Richmond District. OpenSFHistory: Richmond will feature historians and locals showing unique views of the past while telling tales of cemeteries, museums, theaters, amusements, and day-to-day life in one of the city's most interesting neighborhoods.

    Event will be in the Roosevelt Middle School auditorium, 460 Arguello near Geary, and is free to SFMHS members. $10 to the public/$5 to seniors, students, K-12 teachers, and people with disabilities. Right on the 38 Geary bus line and parking is available in the school lot accessible on Palm Avenue.
    map to: Roosevelt Middle School 460 Arguello Boulevard
    Contact: Woody woody@outsidelands.org

  • Sep 23rd, 2017 10:00am (Saturday)
    Richmond District Autumn Moon Festival

    WNP will be at the first Richmond District Autumn Moon Festival on Clement Street between 5th and 8th Avenues. Come visit our booth, see some old images of the neighborhood, and say hello!
    map to:

  • Sep 7th, 2017 6:00pm (Thursday) at Presidio Officers‘ Club
    Mountain Lake History and Habitat

    Join us for a conversation on the past and future of Mountain Lake as part of Presidio Dialogues at the Presidio Officers’ Club. Using photographs, maps, and personal memories, local historians will highlight the history, human use, restoration, and borderland status of the lake between the Presidio and the Richmond District neighborhood.

    Woody LaBounty from the Western Neighborhoods Project will join Presidio Trust historian Barbara Sokolov, and representatives of the team that has recently restored and enhanced Mountain Lake’s ecology.
    map to: Presidio Officers‘ Club 50 Moraga Avenue
    more info: http://www.presidio.gov/events/

  • Aug 24th, 2017 6:00pm (Thursday) at San Francisco Planning Department
    Residence Parks Historic Context Statement Presentation

    WNP's Richard Brandi will make a presentation for the San Francisco Planning Department (and the public) on the historic context statement created by WNP about San Francisco Residence Parks.

    Visit http://sf-planning.org/residence-parks-historic-context-statement to RSVP.


    map to: San Francisco Planning Department 1650 Mission Street, 4th floor, Rm 431
    Contact: Frances McMillen Frances.McMillen@sfgov.org
    more info: http://sf-planning.org/residence-parks-historic-context-statement

  • Aug 20th, 2017 10:00am (Sunday)
    Lake Merced History Walk - North Side

    Lake Merced is the largest expanse of wetland habitat in San Francisco. Come hear about the natural history of the lake and its use by native peoples, Spanish colonizers, roadhouse operators, and real estate developers. Meet at the statue of Juan Bautista de Anza in the northern parking lot where Sunset and Lake Merced Boulevards meet. Free of charge.
    map to: Lake Merced Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Aug 13th, 2017 10:00am (Sunday) at Golden Gate Park
    Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

    Coming to the Outside Lands Music and Art Festival in Golden Gate Park? Drop by the Western Neighborhoods Project tent for a dose of local history between hearing the bands and seeing the sights.
    map to: Golden Gate Park
    Contact: Arnold Woods arnold@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.sfoutsidelands.com

  • Aug 12th, 2017 10:00am (Saturday) at Golden Gate Park
    Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

    Coming to the Outside Lands Music and Art Festival in Golden Gate Park? Drop by the Western Neighborhoods Project tent for a dose of local history between hearing the bands and seeing the sights.
    map to: Golden Gate Park
    Contact: Arnold Woods arnold@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.sfoutsidelands.com

  • Aug 11th, 2017 11:00am (Friday) at Golden Gate Park
    Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

    Coming to the Outside Lands Music and Art Festival in Golden Gate Park? Drop by the Western Neighborhoods Project tent for a dose of local history between hearing the bands and seeing the sights.
    map to: Golden Gate Park
    Contact: Arnold Woods arnold@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.sfoutsidelands.com

  • Aug 5th, 2017 2:00pm (Saturday) at Sutro Library
    OpenSFHistory: Adolph Sutro

    SOLD OUT! Enjoy a lively afternoon of history at the Sutro Library on the campus of San Francisco State. Using OpenSFHistory images, local experts and historians will present stories on Adolph Sutro's legacy to the city, from Sutro Baths to Sutro Tower and back! Read more and how to make your reservation.
    map to: Sutro Library 1630 Holloway Avenue
    more info: http://outsidelands.org/sutro-event-2017.php

  • Aug 5th, 2017 10:00am (Saturday)
    Lake Merced History Walk - South Side

    This "guns, golf, and grebes" walk will examine Lake Merced's history as a wetland, reservoir, recreational spot, and site of California's most infamous duel. Meet at the "Penguin's Prayer" statue in the parking lot along Lake Merced Boulevard just south of Brotherhood Way on the east side of the lake. Free of charge.
    map to: Lake Merced Boulevard and Brotherhood Way
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Jul 23rd, 2017 10:00am (Sunday)
    Lake Merced History Walk - South Side

    This "guns, golf, and grebes" walk will examine Lake Merced's history as a wetland, reservoir, recreational spot, and site of California's most infamous duel. Meet at the "Penguin's Prayer" statue in the parking lot along Lake Merced Boulevard just south of Brotherhood Way on the east side of the lake. Free of charge.
    map to: Lake Merced Boulevard and Brotherhood Way
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Jul 20th, 2017 7:00pm (Thursday) at The Bindery
    OpenSFHistory: Haight and Cole Valley

    SOLD OUT!
    Enjoy a lively evening of history at The Bindery, (where the old Red Vic movie house was) at 1727 Haight Street. Using OpenSFHistory images, local experts and neighbors will present stories from the Haight Ashbury and Cole Valley, before, during, and after the Summer of Love. Read more
    map to: The Bindery 1727 Haight Street
    more info: http://www.outsidelands.org/haight-2017.php

  • Jul 15th, 2017 10:00am (Saturday)
    Lake Merced History Walk - North Side

    Lake Merced is the largest expanse of wetland habitat in San Francisco. Come hear about the natural history of the lake and its use by native peoples, Spanish colonizers, roadhouse operators, and real estate developers. Meet at the statue of Juan Bautista de Anza in the northern parking lot where Sunset and Lake Merced Boulevards meet. Free of charge.
    map to: Lake Merced Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Jun 25th, 2017 10:00am (Sunday)
    Lake Merced History Walk - North Side

    Lake Merced is the largest expanse of wetland habitat in San Francisco. Come hear about the natural history of the lake and its use by native peoples, Spanish colonizers, roadhouse operators, and real estate developers. Meet at the statue of Juan Bautista de Anza in the northern parking lot where Sunset and Lake Merced Boulevards meet. Free of charge.
    map to: Lake Merced Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Jun 24th, 2017 10:00am (Saturday)
    Lake Merced History Walk - South Side

    This "guns, golf, and grebes" walk will examine Lake Merced's history as a wetland, reservoir, recreational spot, and site of California's most infamous duel. Meet at the "Penguin's Prayer" statue in the parking lot along Lake Merced Boulevard just south of Brotherhood Way on the east side of the lake. Free of charge.
    map to: Lake Merced Boulevard and Brotherhood Way
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Jun 17th, 2017 1:00pm (Saturday)
    Summer of Love History Walk

    It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, so join the Western Neighborhoods Project on a walking tour of significant places from the Summer of Love in 1967.

    Relive the Summer of Love era of hippies, music, protests, and the Haight-Ashbury, with memories of how the summer impacted the western neighborhoods.

    Tickets are $20 for the general public, $10 for WNP members. Each walk is limited to 20 people, so reserve your spot soon. Read more and purchase tickets
    map to:
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Jun 11th, 2017 3:00pm (Sunday) at El Rey Theater
    OpenSFHistory: Ocean Avenue

    Enjoy a lively afternoon of history, music, refreshments, conversation, and conviviality in a landmark location. Using OpenSFHistory images, local experts and neighbors will present stories of the OMI (Ocean View-Merced-Ingelside), Westwood Park, and Mount Davidson Manor neighborhoods---all in the lobby of the old El Rey Theater building. Free of charge, and open to the public as part of the Ocean Avenue Association's Second Sundays.
    map to: El Rey Theater 1970 Ocean Avenue
    more info: http://www.oceanavenueassociation.org

  • Jun 3rd, 2017 1:00pm (Saturday)
    Summer of Love History Walk

    It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, so join the Western Neighborhoods Project on a walking tour of significant places from the Summer of Love in 1967.

    Relive the Summer of Love era of hippies, music, protests, and the Haight-Ashbury, with memories of how the summer impacted the western neighborhoods.

    $20 for general public, $10 for WNP members. Each walk is limited to 20 people, so reserve your spot soon. Read more and purchase tickets
    map to:
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org
    more info: http://outsidelands.org/events/summer-walks.php

  • Jun 1st, 2017 5:00pm (Thursday) at California Academy of Sciences
    OpenSFHistory at CalAcademy NightLife

    Western Neighborhoods Project is teaming up with the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park to do a local history show in CalAcademy's planetarium. Our OpenSFHistory images, narration by Woody LaBounty, and the Academy's amazing 3-D map team will make for an amazing show. Part of the Academy's NightLife Series. $12 for Academy members, $15 for non-members of the Academy. 21+ only and ID required for entry.
    map to: California Academy of Sciences 55 Music Concourse Drive
    more info: http://www.calacademy.org/nightlife

  • May 27th, 2017 1:00pm (Saturday)
    Summer of Love Member Walk

    FULL! It is the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, so join the Western Neighborhoods Project on a walking tour of significant places from the Summer of Love in 1967.

    This walk is free but limited to 20 WNP members and their guests.
    map to:
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org
    more info: http://outsidelands.org/events/summer-walks.php

  • May 20th, 2017 10:00am (Saturday)
    Lake Merced History Walk - South Side

    This "guns, golf, and grebes" walk will examine Lake Merced's history as a wetland, reservoir, recreational spot, and site of California's most infamous duel. Meet at the "Penguin's Prayer" statue in the parking lot along Lake Merced Boulevard just south of Brotherhood Way on the east side of the lake. Free of charge.
    map to: Lake Merced Boulevard and Brotherhood Way
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • May 17th, 2017 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Merced Branch, SFPL
    OpenSFHistory: Lake Merced

    Since the 1850s, Lake Merced and the land around it has been a site of native peoples camps, roadhouses, a famous duel, farms, and recreational activities from skeet shooting to golf to dragon boat racing. Despite encroaching urbanization, watershed changes, fragmentation, and aquifer reduction, the lake remains a unique habitat supporting riparian, dune scrub, and woodland forest natural communities.

    Woody LaBounty will share natural and cultural history of the lake with stories of "guns, golf, and grebes" and images from the OpenSFHistory historical image program .
    map to: Merced Branch, SFPL 155 Winston Drive

  • May 13th, 2017 10:00am (Saturday)
    Lake Merced History Walk - North Side

    Lake Merced is the largest expanse of wetland habitat in San Francisco. Come hear about the natural history of the lake and its use by native peoples, Spanish colonizers, roadhouse operators, and real estate developers. Meet at the statue of Juan Bautista de Anza in the northern parking lot where Sunset and Lake Merced Boulevards meet. Free of charge.
    map to: Lake Merced Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Apr 29th, 2017 8:30am (Saturday)
    Bird-Life History Member Walk

    Students of bird-life have been making field observations in Golden Gate Park as far back as the 1880s, tallying 222 different species. The trove of records provide guidance on where and when we can see their colors and hear their songs. Bird observation also gives us unique insight into the Park's vegetative changes over time, informed by the City's strategies for natural and cultural resources management.

    Brian Turner will lead a WNP Member tour, hosted during the peak of spring migration, visiting quiet places in the eastern part of the Park, where birds and their human followers congregate. We will discuss how our feathered friends can give us a sense of our place in time and how observers can contribute their own historical records in the great garden on the dunes.

    This walk is free, but limited to 30 WNP members and their guests. To become a member, use the Become a Member link at the top of the page. To RSVP, use our contact form or leave a message at the WNP office at 415-661-1000 with the number in your party.
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    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Apr 19th, 2017 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch of San Francisco Public Library
    OpenSFHistory: 1906 Earthquake Shacks

    Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher will present selected OpenSFHistory views of San Francisco's recovery from the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, and tell the story of the Relief Cottage Plan that housed over 16,000 refugees for the Bernal History Project. "Earthquake shacks" were moved out of refugee camps and used as housing throughout the city, including Bernal Heights. WNP saved three of these cottages from demolition in 2006, and David and Woody will give a review of the few dozen that can still be found across the city. Presentation starts at 7 p.m. sharp in the downstairs meeting room at the Bernal branch library (500 Cortland at Anderson); turn left at the bottom of the stairs. Free and open to all.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch of San Francisco Public Library 500 Cortland Street

  • Apr 8th, 2017 7:00pm (Saturday) at A Nelson-built house on 1200 block of 27th Avenue
    WNP Spring Symposium, Fernando Nelson

    SOLD OUT
    (We're going to try to record it...)
    Come to the WNP Spring Symposium for some in-depth San Francisco history talk and conviviality. A trio of our favorite local researchers---Richard Brandi, John Freeman, and Inge Horton---will make up a lively panel for discussion on San Francisco builder Fernando Nelson. Member socializing with beverages and snacks will follow.

    Limited to 20 WNP members. $20 a ticket, and worth it! More info.


    map to: A Nelson-built house on 1200 block of 27th Avenue
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org
    more info: http://outsidelands.org/symposium/

  • Mar 28th, 2017 7:30pm (Tuesday) at St. Philips Church
    OpenSFHistory: Noe Valley to Diamond Heights

    Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher (and possible surprise guests) will present selected views from the OpenSFHistory historical photo collection of today’s Noe Valley and Diamond Heights neighborhoods, and share the stories behind the snapshots.

    Highlights include the area’s agricultural and architectural past, stunning natural landscapes, and the early origins of the 24th Street, Church Street, and Outer Mission Street commercial corridors.
    map to: St. Philips Church 725 Diamond Street
    Contact: Kit Haskell kit@sanfranciscohistory.org
    more info: http://sanfranciscohistory.org