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
  • 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.
    map to:
    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

  • Mar 18th, 2017 11:00am (Saturday)
    Presidio Parade Grounds Member Walk

    SOLD OUT Join local historian John Martini on an easy stroll amid the stately architecture of the Main Post. On this one-mile walk you will see the newly renovated Presidio Officers Club and Heritage Center, the Inn at the Presidio, the San Francisco Film Institute, the new Park Service Visitor Center, and the future site of the New Presidio Parklands Project---while learning about the area's intriguing history from Spanish colonial settlers to 1906 earthquake refugees to Cold War jitters.

    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.
    map to:
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Mar 8th, 2017 7:30pm (Wednesday) at Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
    Local History in Your Ear

    Join us at Shaping San Francisco in the Mission District (the folks behind Foundsf.org) Podcasts are shaping the presentation of history through audio delivery. Hosts of several local series tell us why they chose this new technology to delve into the past and how they gauge success. Hear clips of each program in a special podcast challenge! With David Gallagher and Woody LaBounty (The Western Neighborhoods Project Outside Lands San Francisco), Liam O'Donoghue (East Bay Yesterday), and others TBA.
    map to: Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics 518 Valencia Street
    more info: http://shapingsf.org/public-talks/index.html

  • Mar 5th, 2017 11:00am (Sunday) at The Old Mint
    San Francisco History Days

    Last year, more than 6,500 visitors came to the free San Francisco History Days at the Old Mint. On the weekend of March 4-5, 2017, dozens of organizations will once again celebrate and tell the stories of San Francisco's past.

    Join community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, reenactors, and other history enthusiasts for "History in Action" at this free open house in the historic Old Mint.
    map to: The Old Mint 88 5th Street
    Contact: LisaRuth Elliott participate@sfhistorydays.org
    more info: http://sfhistorydays.org

  • Mar 4th, 2017 11:00am (Saturday) at The Old Mint
    San Francisco History Days

    Last year, more than 6,500 visitors came to the free San Francisco History Days at the Old Mint. On the weekend of March 4-5, 2017, dozens of organizations will once again celebrate and tell the stories of San Francisco's past.

    Join community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, reenactors, and other history enthusiasts for "History in Action" at this free open house in the historic Old Mint.
    map to: The Old Mint 88 5th Street
    Contact: LisaRuth Elliott participate@sfhistorydays.org
    more info: http://sfhistorydays.org

  • Feb 12th, 2017 3:00pm (Sunday) at Canessa Gallery
    OpenSFHistory: North Beach & Telegraph Hill

    SOLD OUT - See historical images from North Beach and Telegraph Hill and hear the stories behind the photos from history folk and local experts. WNP will team up with Canessa Gallery and the Telegraph Hill Dwellers for a lively afternoon of history, refreshments, conversation, and conviviality in a landmark location.
    map to: Canessa Gallery 708 Montgomery Street
    Contact: woody@outsidelands.org
    more info: http://outsidelands.org/events/021217.php

  • Jan 26th, 2017 6:00pm (Thursday) at Finnegans Wake
    OpenSFHistory Hangout Night

    It‘s time for the first OpenSFHistory Hangout of 2017! Join us at Finnegan‘s Wake in Cole Valley for a no-host, post-work unwind with like-minded people. History aficionados, preservationists, museum professionals, librarians, artists, scientists, and every other kind of nerd is welcome.

    Since we are historians, we‘ll give you a little history of our location and provide a super fun activity using images from OpenSFHistory. (Psst: the activity will include a prize!)

    Tell your coworkers, bring your friends, prepare to have all kinds of fun in a bar named for a ballad, at this hangout powered by Western Neighborhoods Project.

    Queries or comments, email nicole@outsidelands.org.
    map to: Finnegans Wake 937 Cole Street
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org

  • Jan 25th, 2017 6:00pm (Wednesday) at Hobart Building
    OpenSFHistory: Downtown

    As part of SF Heritage's semi-annual meeting, Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher will present select historical views of downtown and San Francisco legacy businesses from the OpenSFHistory program.

    Admission is free for Heritage members, and $10 for non-members. Space is limited, so RSVP to Terri Le (tle@sfheritage.org) or 415-441-3000, ext. 22.
    map to: Hobart Building 582 Market Street
    Contact: Terri Le tle@sfheritage.org
    more info: http://www.sfheritage.org

  • Nov 5th, 2016 7:00pm (Saturday) at 3 Fish Studios
    Winter Symposium: 150 Years of the Outside Lands -Sold Out

    Sold Out! Join Arnold Woods, Woody LaBounty, and Presidio Trust historian Barbara Berglund for the WNP Winter Symposium. The evening will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Outside Lands Act, a legal statute that added the land of the western neighborhoods to the City of San Francisco. A presentation on the Act and a panel discussion will be followed by beverage time and socializing.

    This event is limited to 20 WNP members. To become a member use the "Become a Member" link at the top of the page.


    map to: 3 Fish Studios 4541 Irving Street
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org
    more info: SOLD OUT

  • Oct 15th, 2016 11:00am (Saturday)
    Sunnyside History Member Walk

    Join Amy O`Hair of the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project on a stroll back in time to rediscover the forgotten histories of Sunnyside during the early years. Find out where the Creek once ran, where the massive coal-fired power plant once stood, how the Conservatory was built, and hear stories of some of the first families to move to this new neighborhood. Includes exclusive oral history and photos that are available nowhere else. About 2 hours, with two stairways and a moderate hill.

    This walk is free but limited to 20 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.
    map to:
    Contact: David Gallagher david@outsidelands.org

  • Oct 9th, 2016 2:00pm (Sunday)
    Westwood Park History Walk

    Woody LaBounty will lead a history walk of Westwood Park during the Second Sundays on Ocean Avenue street fair. Meet at the Ingleside Branch Library garden, across from Ocean Avenue gate. Check the Ocean Avenue Association website for more details.
    map to:
    more info: http://oceanavenueassociation.org/events/detail/646/26

  • Oct 1st, 2016 11:00am (Saturday) at Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center
    Pomeroy Pioneer Day

    Pomeroy Pioneer Day celebrates "Wild Wild West San Francisco". Hosted by the Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center, this rustic event promises good old fashioned family fun benefitting folks with developmental disabilities. Games, crafts, food, livestock, music & dance all promoting the Western lifestyle. The Western Neighborhoods Project will be on hand with your daily dose of history.
    map to: Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center 207 Skyline Boulevard
    Contact: events@prrcsf.org
    more info: http://www.prrcsf.org/special-events

  • Oct 1st, 2016 11:00am (Saturday) at Unity Plaza
    Ocean Avenue History Stairscape Unveiling

    See historic images from Ocean Avenue in the dedication of the new Unity Plaza, just west of the Phelan loop/City College Transit Terminal. Ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 am; family-friendly activities from 12-3pm! More history on the OMI neighborhoods can be found here: I am OMI
    map to: Unity Plaza

  • Oct 1st, 2016 12:00am (Saturday) at Unity Plaza
    Ocean Avenue History Stairscape Unveiling

    See historic images from Ocean Avenue in the dedication of the new Unity Plaza, just west of the Phelan loop/City College Transit Terminal. Ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 am; family-friendly activities from 12-3pm! More history on the OMI neighborhoods can be found here: I am OMI
    map to: Unity Plaza

  • Sep 24th, 2016 7:00pm (Saturday) at Balboa Theatre
    Streetcar San Francisco Movie Night

    Streetcar San Francisco: Transit Tales of the City in Motion---The fourth annual WNP movie night at the Balboa Theatre will feature archival footage, new and original short films, highlights from the OpenSFHistory collection, and other historically-inspired surprises around the theme of San Francisco public and private transit.

    Narrated with zest by your genial hosts, Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher.

    Plus trivia and prizes!
    Program begins at 7:00 p.m.
    This show will sell out, please get your tickets early!

    More info: Streetcar San Francisco: Tales Tales of the City in Motion
    map to: Balboa Theatre 3830 Balboa Street
    Contact: David Gallagher david@outsidelands.org

  • Sep 17th, 2016 11:00am (Saturday) at Aptos Middle School
    Aptos Middle Schoolyard Kick-Off Celebration

    Join the Shared Schoolyard Project and Supervisor Mark Farrell at Aptos Middle School on Saturday, September 17 from 11am-1pm for an exciting kick-off event marking the grand re-opening of the schoolyard for the public to use on weekends. The event will include games and activities for the whole neighborhood, free lunch, and a ribbon cutting ceremony. Plus, local history from the Western Neighborhoods Project!
    map to: Aptos Middle School 105 Aptos Avenue
    more info: http://www.sfsharedschoolyard.org/kickoff_aptos

  • Sep 10th, 2016 1:00pm (Saturday)
    Lands End Member Walk

    Join historian and author John Martini on a two hour exploration of Lands End and the changes made to this landscape by visionary Adolph Sutro. The round trip walking tour will include Point Lobos, the Golden Gate and Shipwreck overlooks, the USS San Francisco Memorial, the vanished Ocean Terrace neighborhood, and Sutro Heights. Please note that this walk includes some moderate hills.

    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.
    map to:
    Contact: David Gallagher david@outsidelands.org

  • Aug 6th, 2016 3:30pm (Saturday) at St. Aidens Episcopal Church
    The History of Diamond Heights

    WNP board member Richard Brandi will give a presentation on Diamond Heights, San Francisco's largest urban redevelopment project with perhaps the best collection of mid-twentieth-century architecture in the city, for the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project.

    See the GPNHP website for more info: http://glenparkhistory.wix.com/
    map to: St. Aidens Episcopal Church 101 Gold Mine Drive
    Contact: Evelyn Rose glenparkhistory@gmail.com
    more info: http://glenparkhistory.wix.com/glenparkhistory#!events/c1k9r

  • Jul 20th, 2016 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Balboa Theatre
    Streetcar San Francisco Movie Night

    Streetcar San Francisco: Transit Tales of the City in Motion---The fourth annual WNP movie night at the Balboa Theatre will feature archival footage, new and original short films, highlights from the OpenSFHistory collection, and other historically-inspired surprises around the theme of San Francisco public and private transit.

    Narrated with zest by your genial hosts, Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher.

    Plus trivia and prizes!
    Program begins at 7:00 p.m.
    This show will sell out, please get your tickets early!

    More info: Streetcar San Francisco: Tales Tales of the City in Motion


    map to: Balboa Theatre 3830 Balboa Street
    Contact: David Gallagher david@outsidelands.org
    more info: http://www.outsidelands.org/streetcarSF.php

  • Jul 9th, 2016 1:00pm (Saturday) at California Genealogical Society and Library
    Western Neighborhoods Project at California Genealogical Society

    Come and hear Woody LaBounty, San Francisco history expert, story teller, story collector and founder, talk about The Western Neighborhoods Project and its plans for a collection of more than twenty-five cabinets of privately owned historical images. Accepting stewardship in early 2013, WNP has begun to catalog, digitize, preserve, and make thousands of images available to the public, both physically and online. A pilot project covering a small portion of the collection with images of the Cliff House, Sutro Baths, Sutro Heights, and Ocean Beach areas, is the first online installment.

    Find out more about the rest of this amazing archive, the work of the WNP, and what it might mean for your search for San Francisco ancestors.

    Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early. California Genealogical Society members enjoy free admission. Non-member admission fee is $30.00 and can be applied towards a new one year CGS membership the day of the class.
    map to: California Genealogical Society and Library 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
    more info: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-francisco-western-neighbourhoods-project-registration-25682696637

  • Jun 18th, 2016 10:00am (Saturday)
    Presidio Terrace Member Walk

    Join Western Neighborhoods Project board member Richard Brandi and cultural landscape historian Denise Bradley for a walking tour of San Francisco's first residence park, Presidio Terrace, and nearby Jordan Park. Residence parks promised to turn empty land into model communities of quality houses with gardens and quiet, tree-lined streets. At a time before comprehensive zoning, numerous restrictions were written into the deeds covering the lots to convince buyers they would get what they paid for. In spite of depressions, wars, inflation, and other economic pressures during the 20th century, these parks have maintained their coordinated land use planning to this day.

    This tour is free but limited to 25 WNP members and their guests. WNP Members Please RSVP Not a WNP Member? Join Today
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    Contact: David Gallagher david@outsidelands.org

  • Jun 12th, 2016 2:00pm (Sunday)
    Ocean Avenue History Walk

    Woody LaBounty will lead a history walk on Ocean Avenue during Ocean Avenue Association's "Second Sundays" street fair. See historic buildings, hear about colorful local pioneers, and walk in the footsteps of dog racers, gamblers, refugees from the 1906 Earthquake, and early aviators. Meet at the Ingleside Branch Library garden, across from Ocean Avenue gate. Check the Ocean Avenue Association website for more details and meeting location.
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    more info: http://oceanavenueassociation.org/

  • May 14th, 2016 2:30pm (Saturday)
    Inner Sunset History Pub Crawl

    SOLD OUT: History and beer (or the drink of your choice)! The second WNP Historical Pub Crawl will visit landmark drinking establishments in the Inner Sunset District, with David Gallagher, Woody LaBounty, and Nicole Meldahl sharing historical stories along the way.

    Learn about the 1894 Midwinter Fair, dynamite factories, “park bums” baseball, Doelger City, and a famous pot of baked beans—all while sharing a pint with your friends. Special pub crawl swag will be given to participants, and we’re planning a post-tour pizza stop, if you’d care to join us.

    Space is limited with a maximum number of 30 participants, so reserve your spot today. $20 for non-members and $10 for WNP members.

    More information and purchase tickets at http://www.outsidelands.org/pubcrawl/


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    more info: http://www.outsidelands.org/pubcrawl/

  • May 12th, 2016 6:00pm (Thursday) at Mechanics Institute Library and Chess Room, 4th Floor Meeting Room
    100,000 Pictures: Presenting OpenSFHistory

    Join David Gallagher and Woody LaBounty, founders of the Western Neighborhoods Project, for an illustrated presentation about their newly launched endeavor, OpenSFHistory.org. This new web portal presents the results of a huge and ongoing volunteer effort to archive and make public over 100,000 historical images of San Francisco amassed over decades by a private collector. The slideshow will present many high resolution gems of the collection and highlight the process of bringing them to the public. This event is hosted by the Mechanics Institute Library and Chess Room. Event is free and open to the public, but please register at their website.
    map to: Mechanics Institute Library and Chess Room, 4th Floor Meeting Room 57 Post Street
    more info: http://www.milibrary.org/events/100000-pictures-presenting-opensfhistory-may-12-2016

  • May 11th, 2016 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Merced Branch Library
    Parkmerced: 75 Years of the City in a City

    In 1941, the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company purchased almost 200 acres of land from the old Spring Valley Water Company to create the Parkmerced apartment community at the edge of San Francisco`s Lake Merced. On a geometric landscape design created by architect Thomas Dolliver Church, colonial-style apartment villas were erected beginning in World War II to be joined in the 1950s by eleven 13-story towers. At the dawn of big changes to Parkmerced, Woody LaBounty will share historical images, anecdotes, and trivia from the first 75 years of San Francisco`s "city in a city".
    map to: Merced Branch Library 155 Winston Drive
    more info: http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1023844601

  • Apr 30th, 2016 11:00am (Saturday) at Dianne Feinstein Elementary School
    Dianne Feinstein Elementary Schoolyard Kick-Off Celebration

    Join the Shared Schoolyard Project and Supervisors Mark Farrell and Katy Tang at Dianne Feinstein Elementary School on Saturday April 30 from 11am to 1pm for an exciting kick-off event marking the grand re-opening of the schoolyard on weekends for public use. Western Neighborhoods Project will be there, sharing Sunset District history. Other activities will include a bookmark-making session with the San Francisco Public Library Parkside Branch, science activities with CAMP EDMO, face painting by Growth and Learning Opportunities, outdoor education with Education Outside, and more. Plus, sandwiches and a ribbon cutting ceremony.
    map to: Dianne Feinstein Elementary School 2550 25th Avenue
    more info: http://www.sfsharedschoolyard.org/kickoff_feinstein

  • Apr 23rd, 2016 2:30pm (Saturday)
    Inner Sunset History Pub Crawl

    SOLD OUT: History and beer (or the drink of your choice)! The second WNP Historical Pub Crawl will visit landmark drinking establishments in the Inner Sunset District, with David Gallagher, Woody LaBounty, and Nicole Meldahl sharing historical stories along the way.

    Learn about the 1894 Midwinter Fair, dynamite factories, “park bums” baseball, Doelger City, and a famous pot of baked beans—all while sharing a pint with your friends. Special pub crawl swag will be given to participants, and we’re planning a post-tour pizza stop, if you’d care to join us.

    Space is limited with a maximum number of 30 participants, so reserve your spot today. $20 for non-members and $10 for WNP members.

    More information and purchase tickets at http://www.outsidelands.org/pubcrawl/


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    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: http://www.outsidelands.org/pubcrawl/

  • Apr 16th, 2016 2:00pm (Saturday)
    Playland on Balboa

    This FREE music and art festival will feature the vibrant music and arts community in the Richmond District as well as bustling merchant corridor of local business and activity. The fun includes musical acts and entertainment at Simple Pleasures Cafe, Noise Record Store, La Promenade Cafe, and Balboa Theater, and Art Walk featuring local artists with displays throughout the neighborhood. Come visit WNP at our table for some Playland history!
    map to: Balboa between 35th and 37th Avenues
    more info: http://rdnc.org/playland-on-balboa/

  • Apr 12th, 2016 7:30pm (Tuesday) at Milton Marks Auditorium
    People Who Made A Difference In The Outside Lands

    Former WNP board member LORRI UNGARETTI will tell us about some of the amazing people who lived in or contributed to the Richmond and Sunset Districts and Golden Gate Park and deserve special recognition. Learn about some of the fascinating lives these people led, including the first African American to become a Muni motorman and his wife who was the first African American to teach in San Francisco's public schools. Hear about how a car accident introduced an author to two people who have made a difference in the Richmond District. Learn about the young girl who went from catching balls during practice at Seals Stadium to becoming one of the most famous tennis players ever. Lorri will also talk about the founder of the Church of Satan, the woman who donated a park that is the jewel of the Sunset, and an immigrant in his 90s who plays violins - and makes them! This is a program of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. Cost: Free to SFMHS members; $5-10 to nonmembers. The program is based on Lorri's book, Legendary Locals of the Richmond, Sunset, and Golden Gate Park.
    map to: Milton Marks Auditorium 455 Golden Gate Avenue
    more info: http://sfhistory.org/events/monthly-programs

  • Mar 5th, 2016 11:00am (Saturday) at The Old Mint
    San Francisco History Days

    On the weekend of March 5th and 6th, 2016 the Old Mint becomes a pop-up museum of San Francisco history featuring more than 60 exhibitors at the San Francisco History Days at the Old Mint. Join community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, reenactors and other history enthusiasts for a free Community Open House at this historic site.
    map to: The Old Mint 88 5th St
    Contact: David Gallagher david@outsidelands.org
    more info: http://sfhistorydays.org

  • Feb 6th, 2016 3:00pm (Saturday) at West Portal Branch Library
    One Hundred Years of West Portal and West Portal Avenue

    In 1916, in anticipation of the opening of the Twin Peaks streetcar tunnel, developer Fernando Nelson built the first house in what he named "West Portal Park". A community of high-end houses, the new development also became the commercial hub for surrounding West of Twin Peaks neighborhoods, such as St. Francis Wood and Forest Hill.

    Woody LaBounty will show early images of West Portal Avenue's creation, highlight notable houses, residents, and merchants, and commemorate the first 100 years of an iconic San Francisco neighborhood.

    Free to the public at the West Portal branch of the San Francisco Public Library.
    map to: West Portal Branch Library 190 Lenox Way
    more info: http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1022426601