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WNP Events Calendar

Western Neighborhoods Project shares local history at events for community organizations, clubs, businesses, schools, and fairs. We also host our own events, including special walks and symposiums exclusively for WNP members.

Contact us to bring some San Francisco history to your next gathering.

  • History Happy Hour(WNP Event)

    Oct 22, 2020 5:30pm-6:30pm (Thursday) at Virtual Online Event

    Nicole Meldahl and Chelsea Sellin in conversation with local historians, artists, longtime west side residents, and other surprise guests, chatting about a variety of historical subjects. Audience members are encouraged to participate via chat and, of course, bring their beverage of choice.

    Did you know the Asian Art Museum was once located in Golden Gate Park? Soon you will!! This week we sit down with Martin Meeker and Todd Holmes from the Oral History Center (OHC) at The Bancroft Library, who will chat about western neighborhoods highlights from the OHC collection. If we're really, really lucky, they'll also show us how to navigate the other amazing resources offered by the OHC. You won't want to miss this insider's look at one of the most impressive archives in the Bay Area.

    This event is free but donations are appreciated and pre-registration is required.

    A Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration. If you don't receive it immediately, please let us know.

    Sponsored by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development via the Invest in Neighborhoods Program courtesy of District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer.


    RSVP/More Info
    map to: Virtual Online Event
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • Podcast Live Audience - Mt. Davidson Manor(WNP Event)

    Oct 23, 2020 6:00pm-7:00pm (Friday) at Virtual Online Event
    Be a part of our Live Audience for our weekly podcast recording! Join our podcast crew Nicole, David, and Woody for this exclusive behind-the-scenes recording session with added visual content, out-takes, and access to the after party. Tickets are $7.50 (the price of a 1985 movie)

    This week we'll be talking about the little known development called Mt. Davidson Manor.
    Tickets/More Info
    map to: Virtual Online Event San Francisco
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • VIRTUAL Ashbury Heights & Terrace History Walk(WNP Event)

    Oct 24, 2020 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday) at Virtual Online Event
    COVID-19 UPDATE: This event has been changed from in-person to virtual due to an abundance of caution.

    San Francisco is not known for its picturesque suburban streets, landscaping, detached houses, and setbacks to convey the feeling of living in a park. But between 1905 and 1924, thirty-six such neighborhoods “called residence parks” were proposed or built in the City. Some of the better-known ones are St Francis Wood, Forest Hill and Sea Cliff but there were many others.

    WNP Board member Richard Brandi wrote THE book about them (due the end of the year by McFarland Publishing), and he will lead you through Ashbury Heights and Ashbury Terrace (aka Pemberton steps) for a physically distanced and refreshing tour.

    Sponsored by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development via the Invest in Neighborhoods Project courtesy of District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer. This event is free but pre-registration is required. You will receive the Zoom link in an email after registration.
    RSVP/More Info
    map to: Virtual Online Event
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • Lincoln Park Halloween Eve Walk

    Oct 24, 2020 5:00pm-7:00pm (Saturday)
    The fairways and greens of Lincoln Park were once the site of San Francisco's most remote and impoverished burial ground, City Cemetery. On this ghoulish guided walk led by historian and author John Martini, we'll learn about the rise and fall of the cemetery, explore a Chinese funerary temple, discover an iron memorial to forgotten sailors, and learn the surprises that lay beneath the Legion of Honor.

    Sponsored by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development via the Invest in Neighborhoods Project courtesy of District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 10 people to keep us COVID-19 safe, so reserve your space today for just $5. You will receive the secret meet-up location in an email.
    Event is SOLD OUT


    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • WNP Story Time!(WNP Event)

    Nov 4, 2020 4:30pm-5:30pm (Wednesday) at Virtual Online Event
    Nicole Meldahl will read classic and history-themed children’s stories live the first Wednesday of every month. We began this series on Facebook Live in May and, after a month off, are shifting to Zoom! Fun for kids of all ages, even if you’re just a kid at heart. This month we’re reading the true story of “Humphry the Lost Whale” by Wendy Takuda and Richard Hall with illustrations by Hanako Waldyama, recommended for ages 5-9.

    A humpback whale makes a wrong turn in San Francisco Bay and finds himself trapped in the fresh water of Sacramento River. With the help of scientists and whale watching friends, he makes his way back to the safety of his salty ocean home.

    Sponsored by the Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People (SHARP) as part of our Education Initiative. All books were purchased at our favorite independent bookseller in the Richmond District, Green Apple Books. This event is free (but donations are appreciated) and pre-registration is required. A Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration.
    RSVP/More Info
    map to: Virtual Online Event
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://sharpsf.com
  • History Happy Hour(WNP Event)

    Nov 12, 2020 5:30pm-6:30pm (Thursday) at Virtual Online Event

    Nicole Meldahl and Chelsea Sellin in conversation with local historians, artists, longtime west side residents, and other surprise guests, chatting about a variety of historical subjects. Audience members are encouraged to participate via chat and, of course, bring their beverage of choice.

    This week we sit down with our favorite Richmond District filmmaker, Joey Yee, to chat about our mutual love of neighborhood history and what's up next for @unclefuz.

    This event is free but donations are appreciated and pre-registration is required.

    A Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration. If you don't receive it immediately, please let us know.

    Sponsored by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development via the Invest in Neighborhoods Program courtesy of District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer.


    Tickets/More Info
    map to: Virtual Online Event
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • Chinese in the Sunset, Chinese in the Richmond

    Nov 14, 2020 12:00pm-1:00pm (Saturday) at Virtual Online Event
    As development on the west side increased in the 20th century, restrictive racial covenants preventing people of color from owning homes and operating businesses in the Sunset and Richmond Districts directly impacted the demographic makeup of the area.

    In 2017, the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) launched a traveling exhibition called “Chinese in the Sunset” that shows how the 1960s civil rights movement and subsequent legislation removed those restrictions, how social attitudes changed, and how different perspectives within the community has created the vibrant Outer Sunset district we know today. Archival research and oral histories for a companion exhibition, “Chinese in the Richmond,” is currently underway with support from Western Neighborhoods Project.

    Join us via Zoom on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 12:00PM as we sit down with Palma You and Steve Haines from CHSA for a discussion on what they discovered in the Sunset, what we’re working to reveal in the Richmond District, and how your story can be a part of this history.

    This virtual event is made possible by the California Humanities through the “Humanities for All” Project Grant WNP was awarded in May 2020, and a foundational grant from the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development via the Invest in Neighborhoods Project.

    Tickets are free but you must pre-register. The event will also be live-streamed to the Western Neighborhoods Project Facebook Page.
    RSVP/More Info
    map to: Virtual Online Event
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • WNP Story Time!(WNP Event)

    Dec 2, 2020 4:30pm-5:30pm (Wednesday) at Virtual Online Event
    Nicole Meldahl will read a classic holiday children’s story to end our Story Time series and kick off the season. We began this series on Facebook Live in May and, after a month off, are shifting to Zoom! Fun for kids of all ages, even if you’re just a kid at heart. This one will be a festive surprise the whole family can enjoy.

    Sponsored by the Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People (SHARP) as part of our Education Initiative. All books were purchased at our favorite independent bookseller in the Richmond District, Green Apple Books. This event is free (but donations are appreciated) and pre-registration is required. A Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration.
    RSVP/More Info
    map to: Virtual Online Event
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://sharpsf.com
  • WNP Annual Fundraising Gala(WNP Event)

    Feb 21, 2021 6:00pm-10:00pm (Sunday) at The Clubhouse at Presidio Golf Course 300 Finley Road
    Join us for a Gala celebration benefiting Western Neighborhoods Project!

    Meet neighbors, old classmates, local history celebrities, and new friends. Enjoy fine food and drink, find a treat at the silent auction, hear old-school stories, and see rare historical pictures from the Outside Lands. Whether you are a native or a recent arrival, you will get a warm welcome at our celebration.

    Early bird tickets are available now! Get more information and purchase tickets at http://outsidelands.org/gala/
    More Info
    map to: The Clubhouse at Presidio Golf Course 300 Finley Road
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
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