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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.

  • Restoring the Windmills
    WNP Event

    Jun 15, 2023 6:30pm-8:30pm (Thursday) at 4 Star Theater 2200 Clement Street

    Over the decades, the windmills in Golden Gate Park have seen periods of action, neglect, and renewed life as city landmarks. Join Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) on Thursday, June 15 for a panel discussion and film screening at the 4 Star Theater to celebrate the windmills and learn more about the people that brought them back to life.

    Doors open at 6:30pm with plenty of time to purchase WNP merchandise and goodies from the 4 Star concession stand! The program will begin at 7pm with a panel discussion featuring historian and writer Rose Marie Cleese; historian, writer, and restoration activist Don Propstra; and WNP board member and curator Lindsey Hanson - all moderated by WNP Executive Director Nicole Meldahl. Following the panel and Q&A, we’ll screen “A Jitney Elopement” (1915), a Charlie Chaplin short comedy which was filmed on location in San Francisco and features a guest appearance from Murphy windmill.

    Please register using Eventbrite. This program is $15 for WNP Members (and we absorb your Eventbrite fees) and $25 for non-members. Tickets sales support both WNP and the 4 Star Theater!

    Panelist Bios

    Rose Marie Cleese is the granddaughter of former San Francisco mayor Angelo Rossi, and the niece of Eleanor Rossi Crabtree. Eleanor was known as “The Windmill Lady” because of her tireless efforts to restore Old Dutch windmill.

    Don Propstra’s Dutch heritage compelled him to assemble a team of passionate volunteers to restore the Murphy windmill.

    Lindsey Hanson is a graduate of SF State’s Museum Studies M.A. program. Her exhibit, “The Windmill Sentries,” is currently on display in the front windows of WNP’s office at 1617 Balboa Street.

  • A Natural History of San Francisco
    WNP Event

    Jun 22, 2023 6:00pm-7:30pm (Thursday)

    Please join Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) on Thursday June 22 at 6:00pm to experience San Francisco’s amazing natural resources, all from the comfort of your home. Environmentalist, historian, and photographer Greg Gaar will give a virtual presentation covering the history of San Francisco's natural features including sand dunes, grasslands, trees, lakes, creeks, tidal marshes, and rock formations. Greg will also discuss the efforts by government agencies and volunteers to preserve what still remains of the city's natural heritage.

    Please register using Eventbrite. This Zoom program is online only and will include time for Q&A. The program is free with a suggested donation of $10. Please RSVP to receive the super-secret Zoom link.

  • Lincoln Manor History Walk
    WNP Event

    Jun 24, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)

    Join former Western Neighborhoods Project board member and historic preservation consultant Richard Brandi for a history walk exploring the Lincoln Manor residence park. Plus! Three other residence parks that never fully made it, but remnants remain: Hillside, Junipero Place, and Sutro Heights. Highlights include a ship captain’s mansion and two 1904 houses with dramatic architecture. This walking tour is based on Brandi’s book "Garden Neighborhoods of San Francisco, the Development of Residence Parks 1905-1924," by McFarland Publishing.

    Our journey begins at 10:00am and takes about 2 hours. Grade: moderate.

    Please register through Eventbrite. $10 for WNP members (and we absorb your Eventbrite fees) and $20 for non-members. The super secret meeting location will be emailed to you when tickets are purchased. The walk is limited to 30 people.

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