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WNP Past Events

Here are some of our recent events. Did you attend? Do you wish you had? Click the title of any event and send us a message about what you thought or a request for a re do.

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.

  • SF Survey Community Forum

    Jun 5, 2024 5:00pm-7:00pm (Wednesday) at The Internet Archive

    We invite you to join the SF Survey Community Forum!

    Join Western Neighborhoods Project and the SF Planning Department to learn more about SF Survey efforts in your neighborhood and ensure knowledge of what is meaningful to your community guides the work of the Planning Department. SF Survey is a multi-year program to identify and document places and resources of cultural, historical, and architectural importance to San Francisco’s diverse communities.

    Refreshments, prizes, and a tour of the Internet Archive will be provided!

    This event is FREE but please RSVP using Eventbrite so that we can plan accordingly!


    map to: The Internet Archive 300 Funston Avenue
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/807265712477?aff=oddtdtcreator

  • WNP 25th Birthday Bash(WNP Event)

    May 15, 2024 7:30pm-9:00pm (Wednesday) at 4 Star Theater

    Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) is celebrating its 25th birthday with a prom-themed event, featuring a must-see live recording of the “Outside Lands San Francisco” podcast with drag legend Peaches Christ and award-winning SFGATE reporter Amanda Bartlett! We hope you’ll party with us like it’s 1999 at the Richmond District’s beloved 4 Star Theatre on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

    Peaches Christ (the alter-ego of Joshua Grannell) first presented the infamous Midnight Mass programs – a late-night movie series and drag spectacle – while working at the Bridge Theatre on Geary Boulevard in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Peaches has since appeared in many films and television shows over the course of her career, and currently co-hosts the cult movie podcast “Midnight Mass.” Amanda Bartlett, a senior reporter for SFGATE who recently published an article on the history of Midnight Mass, will co-host alongside Executive Director Nicole Meldahl; together they’ll chat with Peaches about her time in the Richmond District, the history of the Bridge Theatre, and the enduring legacy of Midnight Mass.

    The doors of the 4 Star will open at 6:30pm. Once inside, you’ll get to mingle, browse an incredible selection of goods at Tunnel Records, and enjoy savory small bites or sweet treats available for purchase from the concession stand. The main program starts at 7:30pm and includes time for Q&A. All guests are encouraged (but not required) to wear prom attire for the evening, which will also feature a WNP birthday cake, decorations, fun prizes, and prom photos, so you can remember this night forever!

    Please purchase tickets using the Eventbrite link. General Admission tickets are $75. VIP tickets are $125 and include the above plus:

    -Early access to the theater at 6:00pm to secure your favorite seats

    -A meet-and-greet with Peaches Christ and Amanda Bartlett

    -Complimentary beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages

    Don’t miss this chance to celebrate WNP with a Peaches Christ-homage to prom! And, thank you in advance for supporting our nonprofit history work. All proceeds from the event enable us to keep our lights on and our history fresh with fun community programming like this.

    Additional sponsorship opportunities are available; email Executive Director Nicole Meldahl (nicole@outsidelands.org) for details. Still have questions? Email WNP’s Director of Programs, Chelsea Sellin, at chelsea@outsidelands.org.


    map to: 4 Star Theater 2200 Clement Street
    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/873508827417?aff=oddtdtcreator

  • Cliff House & Sutro Baths History Walk(WNP Event)

    Apr 6, 2024 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)

    Western Neighborhoods Project presents a history walk of the fabled Cliff House and Sutro Baths ruins, led by historian and retired National Park Service ranger John Martini. The tour will venture around the Cliff House to learn about the history of San Francisco's most incendiary landmark. Then, we’ll walk steeply downhill into the ruins of Sutro Baths and visit the mysterious tunnels through Point Lobos. Finally, we’ll climb back uphill to the old Sky Tram overlook, where we'll see the wave catch basin constructed by Adolph Sutro which trapped Pacific waves and sent roiling seawater to the Baths.

    Our journey begins at 10:00am and takes about 2 hours. Grade: strenuous with steep downhill sections, unpaved trails, stairs, and walking across sandy areas. Please note that while we at WNP love animals, we can no longer allow dogs on our walking tours, in order to accommodate the needs of all our guests. Thank you for understanding.

    Please register through Eventbrite. Tickets are $15 for WNP members and $25 for non-members. Become a member and save! The super secret meeting location will be emailed to you when tickets are purchased. The walk is limited to 30 people.


    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cliff-house-sutro-baths-history-walk-tickets-847258983427?aff=oddtdtcreator

  • OpenSFHistory Photography Forum(WNP Event)

    Mar 28, 2024 6:30pm-7:30pm (Thursday)

    Join Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) for a special conversation via Zoom between two Richmond District photographers, Dave Glass and Yameen, on Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 6:30pm.

    As WNP’s OpenSFHistory program celebrates 10 years in 2024, we’re hosting informal conversations about photography. The program was launched in November 2014 to make an anonymous private collection accessible to the public, and has since grown to host images from other private collectors and organizations without the means to digitize and make their collections available online. As our database grew with uploads of amateur snapshots and professional photography, an intimate portrait of what it means to live in San Francisco has emerged.

    How does our historical archive connect to photography happening now? How and why do we take photographs? Why do they matter? We’ll dive into these questions and more with rotating guests.

    Please register using Eventbrite. This one-hour Zoom program is online only and will include time for Q&A. This event is free but donations are appreciated. Please RSVP to receive the super-secret Zoom link.


    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opensfhistory-photography-forum-registration-857088925047?aff=oddtdtcreator

  • Remembering Arnold Woods(WNP Event)

    Feb 21, 2024 6:00pm-7:30pm (Wednesday)

    Western Neighborhoods Project invites you to join a live recording of the Outside Lands San Francisco podcast, in memory of our dear friend and founding board member, Arnold Woods.

    Arnold passed away unexpectedly on Dec 1, 2023, leaving behind an incredible legacy as a community historian. A Richmond District resident since 1996, Arnold was a founding member of WNP’s Board of Directors in 1999 and served the organization in many, many ways right up until his untimely death. Many know his voice from our Outside Lands podcast, or his friendly face from our public programs. Arnold was also a longtime lawyer in the Bay Area and a graduate of UC Berkeley and the University of Colorado Boulder.

    Please join us via Zoom on Wednesday, February 21st at 6:00pm. We'll share a brief biography of Arnold and then give attendees the chance to share their memories of this special member of the WNP family. The entire program will be recorded and air as an episode of the Outside Lands San Francisco podcast on Saturday, February 24th.

    This event is free but donations to cover recording costs are appreciated. This program is online only; please register through Eventbrite to receive the super-secret Zoom link.


    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/824295117887?aff=oddtdtcreator

  • TEST EVENT(WNP Event)

    Dec 31, 2023 10:00am-11:00am (Sunday) at WNP Office + Gallery

    TEST. Do not RSVP.


    map to: WNP Office + Gallery 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org

  • The Alexandria at 100(WNP Event)

    Nov 26, 2023 6:00pm-8:00pm (Sunday) at The Balboa Theater

    The Richmond District’s iconic Alexandria Theatre on Geary Boulevard and 18th Avenue turns 100 years old this year. Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) and friends plan to celebrate this legendary movie palace with a night at the theater! Join us at the Balboa Theater on Sunday, November 26th at 6:00pm to commemorate the Alexandria on its actual 100th birthday with some of our favorite community historians.

    This night of remembrance hosted by WNP will include historic footage of the neighborhood from the Prelinger Archives; short history talks by Woody LaBounty of San Francisco Heritage and theater historian Gary Parks, who will share how this Egyptian theater came to be in the Richmond; everything you need to know about neighborhood neon from Randall Ann Homan and Al Barna of San Francisco Neon; and an update about the current state of the Alexandria’s preservation by Katherine Petrin of the San Francisco Neighborhood Theatre Foundation. Plus, delightful musical entertainment from the Aloha Uke Squad!

    Tickets are $20 each and proceeds from the evening will support all involved, including the Balboa Theater! Doors open at 5:30pm, so you have plenty of time to get refreshments from the Balboa concession stand and start your holiday shopping by purchasing merchandise at the WNP table in the lobby, including a brand-new enamel pin depicting the Alexandria!


    map to: The Balboa Theater 3630 Balboa Street
    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/750213517827?aff=oddtdtcreator

  • Balboa Open House(WNP Event)

    Nov 18, 2023 11:00am-3:00pm (Saturday) at WNP Office + Gallery

    Join us (about) once a month for a casual Open House at the Western Neighborhoods Project Office and Gallery!

    Stop by from 11am-3pm to chat with WNPers, discover artifacts from the Cliff House Collection, and see our concurrent exhibitions: “Time Frame” in the OpenSFHistory gallery, and our window display that commemorates the 100th anniversary of The Alexandria Theatre.

    This happening is family friendly, free, and no RSVP is required but donations are always appreciated!


    map to: WNP Office + Gallery 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org

  • Stokefest

    Nov 11, 2023 12:00pm-7:00pm (Saturday)

    Stokefest is happening and Western Neighborhoods Project is here for it!

    Join us on Upper Great Highway (southbound) near Judah Street on Saturday, November 11th from 12-7pm for an epic festival celebrating Ocean Beach’s water and surf scene. Daylight hours will be filled with live music, raffles, prizes, a community art exhibition, free board swap, and tables from your favorite community organizations – like WNP! After dark, a Stokefest film will be projected on the dunes and you might just recognize some footage from Ben Wood’s installation at The Museum at The Cliff many moons ago.

    This event is free, family friendly, and outdoors; learn more here: https://sfstokefest.org/index.html Come say hi to neighbors and make new friends.


    map to: Southbound Upper Great Highway at Judah
    more info: https://sfstokefest.org/index.html

  • Lost Cemetery of Lincoln Park History Walk(WNP Event)

    Oct 28, 2023 5:00pm-7:00pm (Saturday)

    Join historian and retired park ranger John Martini on this twilight exploration of Lincoln Park and discover forgotten funerary monuments along the golf course fairways. Few people realize that today's Lincoln Park Golf Course was once "City Cemetery," the final resting place for tens of thousands of San Franciscans, including a Chinese burial ground and the municipal paupers' graveyard called Potter's Field. The walk ends at the Palace of the Legion of Honor.

    Our journey begins at 5:00pm and takes about 1.5 hours. Grade: moderate with some uphill sections and lawn.

    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.


    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/728927270087?aff=oddtdtcreator

  • Balboa Open House(WNP Event)

    Oct 27, 2023 4:00pm-7:00pm (Friday) at WNP Office + Gallery

    By popular demand, we’re opening the Western Neighborhoods Project Office and Gallery (about) once a month starting Friday, October 27th.

    Join us for the very first and very casual Balboa Open House from 4:00-7:00pm. Stop by to chat with WNPers, discover artifacts from the Cliff House Collection, and see our concurrent exhibitions: “Time Frame” in the OpenSFHistory gallery, and our new window display that commemorates the 100th anniversary of The Alexandria Theatre.

    This happening is free and no RSVP is required but donations are always appreciated! Light refreshments will be provided.


    map to: WNP Office + Gallery 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org

  • Lands End History Walk(WNP Event)

    Oct 14, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)

    Join historian and retired park ranger John Martini for a scenic tour of the wild northwest corner of San Francisco known as Lands End. We’ll follow the right of way for the famous Ferries & Cliff House steam train, see the remains of two shipwrecks (if the tides are right), visit the site of the vanished community of Ocean Terrace, and explore the once-lavish grounds of Adolph Sutro’s estate at Sutro Heights.

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

    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.


    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/716362468427?aff=oddtdtcreator

  • ShipWRECKED!(WNP Event)

    Oct 12, 2023 6:30pm-9:00pm (Thursday) at Balboa Theater

    Get ready to set sail for an epic evening of tales from the deep. Join Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) at the Richmond District’s beloved Balboa Theater on Thursday, October 12 for an illustrated, lively conversation between two former National Park Service historians and longtime friends: Stephen Haller and John Martini, moderated by Executive Director Nicole Meldahl. Steve and John got their start locally at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and have since gone on to esteemed careers; Steve is the co-author of the seminal book “Shipwrecks at the Golden Gate.”

    The main program will run from 7:00-9:00pm and will include time for Q&A. Steve and John will share stories and photos of Ocean Beach and Lands End shipwrecks. Then we’ll screen a grab bag of actual shipwreck footage from our friends at the Prelinger Archives.

    General Admission tickets are $40 and include access to the theater when the doors open at 6:30pm. VIP tickets are $70 and include:

    Early access to the theater at 5:45pm to secure your favorite seats.

    An exclusive meet-and-greet with our speakers until 6:30pm. This is a great opportunity to have your old (or new!) copy of “Shipwrecks at the Golden Gate” signed.

    A complimentary beverage of your choice served in authentic Cliff House glassware, which VIP guests can take home with them.

    Food and drink are available for purchase at the Balboa’s concession stand. WNP will also be selling merchandise in the lobby, including $35 hardcover copies of “Shipwrecks at the Golden Gate,” which is currently out of print. Quantities are limited!

    Come on out to support WNP and this historic local theater for what promises to be a memorable evening. Please purchase tickets through Eventbrite.

    Speaker Bios

    Stephen A. Haller’s 42-year career with the National Park Service included tours as Park Historian and Chief of Cultural Resources at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Curator of Historic Documents for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. He has also been an interpreter at a number of historic sites in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Alcatraz, Fort Point, and the Maritime Museum. His academic background is in 19th century American history and he has specialized in the study of shipwrecks, naval and military history. He is the author and co-author of several books and was editor of the Sea Letter, the journal of the National Maritime Museum Association. He has been the principal investigator for World War II oral history projects at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial National Historic Site in Hawaii and at the War in the Pacific National Historic Site on Guam.

    John A. Martini is a life-long researcher and storyteller of the history of California and the American West. He worked as a National Park Ranger for more than 25 years at parks around the country including the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, U.S.S. Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, and Teddy Roosevelt’s country estate at Sagamore Hill in New York. John retired to pursue a career as a writer, historian, researcher, and lecturer. He is a renowned expert in San Francisco’s many military posts and the Lands End-Sutro Baths area. In addition to authoring several books, John offers historical research and technical writing services. He appears regularly on local television and radio broadcasts, as well as The History Channel, A&E Network, The Discovery Channel and PBS specials.


    map to: Balboa Theater 3630 Balboa Street
    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/717342339247?aff=oddtdtcreator

  • Shipwreck Week Hangout at The Riptide(WNP Event)

    Oct 10, 2023 6:00pm-9:00pm (Tuesday) at The Riptide

    Ahoy, mateys! You are cordially invited to join WNP for a hangout at The Riptide bar from 6:00-9:00pm on Tuesday, October 10th, the first in-person event for our first-ever Shipwreck Week! We’re gathering at The Riptide for a casual evening of salty fun - feel free to drop by anytime. Happy hour pricing will be in place until 7:00pm and the bar will be serving a spicy rum drink special for the evening. Plus, we’ll have a robust Chantey Sing at 7pm thanks to Peter Kasin and the chantey singing community. Festive nautical attire is encouraged but not required.

    This event is free but we do request you RSVP in advance through Eventbrite, so bar staff know how many to expect for the night and, as always, donations are appreciated to keep our nonprofit afloat!


    map to: The Riptide 3639 Taraval Street
    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/716373441247?aff=oddtdtcreator

  • Emiliano Echeverria: Trains into the Outside Lands

    Sep 27, 2023 7:00pm-8:30pm (Wednesday) at The Internet Archive

    WNP is partnering with our longtime friends and collaborators, Shaping San Francisco, as part of their ongoing 25th anniversary celebration. Join both organizations in this exploration of the deep transit history of the west side of San Francisco. Expect a lively evening featuring the inestimable Emiliano Echeverria, whose knowledge of San Francisco's transportation history is unmatched. Emiliano draws from his remarkable DVD publications on the Steam Railroads of San Francisco and the history of United Railroads to reveal the transit-driven process of "conquering" the outside lands.

    The program will be at 7pm at The Internet Archive, 300 Funston Ave. This event is free but donations are appreciated and RSVP is required through Shaping SF; please email shaping[at]foundsf[dot]org


    map to: The Internet Archive 300 Funston Avenue
    Contact: Shaping San Francisco shaping@foundsf.org
    more info: https://www.shapingsf.org/public-talks/index.html#WNP

  • Fort Miley History Walk(WNP Event)

    Sep 23, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)

    Join historian and retired park ranger John Martini for a history walk of little-visited East and West Fort Miley, and the abandoned El Camino Del Mar highway. Highlights include 1890s fortifications at Fort Miley, a quick walk-through of the Veterans Administration hospital campus, and the Octagon House (outside only, sorry).

    Our journey begins at 10:00am and takes about 2 hours. Grade: moderate; steep sections of paved roadway. Please note that while we at WNP love animals, we can no longer allow dogs on our walking tours, in order to accommodate the needs of all our guests. Thank you for understanding.

    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.


    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/701047872057?aff=oddtdtcreator

  • Who Built Your House?(WNP Event)

    Sep 13, 2023 6:00pm-8:30pm (Wednesday) at The Internet Archive

    Curious about your San Francisco house? Its age, who built it, and whether anyone famous lived there? Former WNP Board member and historic preservation consultant Richard Brandi will present a how-to tutorial for searching records that may shed light on the history of your house. This is a technical presentation covering various databases and public archival resources. Searching the history of your house is a lot like being a detective: you follow leads and never know exactly what you’ll find!

    This event will be held at The Internet Archive, 300 Funston Avenue. Doors open at 6pm; please arrive promptly at 6 if you are interested in taking a short tour of the Internet Archive’s Great Room. The main program will take place downstairs at 6:30pm and run for approximately 1.5 hours, including Q&A. After the main program, a second tour of the Great Room will be offered for those who can’t make the first tour.

    Please register through Eventbrite. This program is $20 for WNP Members (and we absorb your Eventbrite fees) and $30 for non-members.


    map to: The Internet Archive 300 Funston Avenue
    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/who-built-your-house-tickets-698676920477?aff=oddtdtcreator

  • Point Lobos to Sea Cliff History Walk(WNP Event)

    Sep 9, 2023 10:00am-1:00pm (Saturday)

    Join historian and retired park ranger John Martini for a semi-strenuous walk along the edge of San Francisco. Our journey will follow the fabled Ferries & Cliff House steam train route along the rugged cliffs of Lands End all the way to Sea Cliff. We’ll return through Lincoln Park and the abandoned roadway El Camino Del Mar. Highlights include an overview of the Cliff House and Sutro Baths area, stories of steam trains and streetcars, incredible vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands, the remains of two shipwrecks (if the tides are right), and the histories of Sea Cliff, Lincoln Park, the Palace of the Legion of Honor and the forgotten graveyards of City Cemetery.

    Our journey begins at 10:00am and takes about 3 hours. Grade: semi-strenuous; nearly 3 miles of walking that includes several stretches of unpaved trails and stairs. Please note that while we at WNP love animals, we can no longer allow dogs on our walking tours, in order to accommodate the needs of all our guests. Thank you for understanding.

    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.


    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/701040780847?aff=oddtdtcreator

  • Fort Mason History Walk(WNP Event)

    Aug 26, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)

    Join historian and retired park ranger John Martini for an exploration of Fort Mason’s shady walkways and discover the complex history of this tiny military post. Along the way we’ll see San Francisco’s earliest “subdivision” - a group of snug Gold Rush cottages - plus 1860s army barracks and residences, a Civil War cannon battery, World War II troop embarkation piers, and the site of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition’s “Joy Zone.”

    Our journey begins at 10:00am and takes about 2 hours. Grade: moderate, includes several flights of stairs. Please note that while we at WNP love animals, we can no longer allow dogs on our walking tours, in order to accommodate the needs of all our guests. Thank you for understanding.

    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.


    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/689428498197?aff=oddtdtcreator

  • Ashbury Terrace and Ashbury Park (not Ashbury Heights!) History Walk(WNP Event)

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

    Join former Western Neighborhoods Project board member and historic preservation consultant Richard Brandi for a history walk of two similar-sounding residence parks with very different histories. Ashbury Terrace contains a collection of stately homes. Ashbury Park was launched by a brick manufacturer on Twin Peaks and failed to make it, but some early houses and the Pemberton steps remain. 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, includes concrete steps with handrails. Please note that while we at WNP love animals, we can no longer allow dogs on our walking tours, in order to accommodate the needs of all our guests. Thank you for understanding.

    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.


    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/688213353667?aff=oddtdtcreator

  • Fort Point: From Army Post to Historic Site(WNP Event)

    Aug 3, 2023 6:00pm-7:30pm (Thursday)

    Called “the fort that never fired a shot in anger,” Fort Point is one of San Francisco’s magnificent but near-hidden treasures. In this online illustrated talk hosted by Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP), author and historian John Martini reveals the stories of the fort’s construction, soldiers’ lives during the Civil War, the fort’s stunning architecture, its rescue when the Golden Gate Bridge threatened its demolition, and its restoration as a National Historic Site.

    Please register using Eventbrite. This one-hour Zoom program is online only and will include time for Q&A. The program is free with a suggested donation of $10; donations are split evenly between WNP and John Martini. Please RSVP to receive the super-secret Zoom link.


    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/664251021687

  • Ingleside Terraces, Westwood Park, and Westwood Highlands History Walk(WNP Event)

    Jul 29, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)

    Join former Western Neighborhoods Project board member and historic preservation consultant Richard Brandi for a history walk through three residence parks along Ocean Avenue with different histories and distinctive architecture. The tour will cover the eclectic styles of Joseph Leonard’s Ingleside Terraces (1911), the Craftsman bungalows of Westwood Park (1916), and the Spanish Colonials of Westwood Highlands (1924). 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 note that while we at WNP love animals, we can no longer allow dogs on our walking tours, in order to accommodate the needs of all our guests. Thank you for understanding.

    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.


    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/665644319077

  • Virtual Paddle Out for Pat Cunneen(WNP Event)

    Jul 25, 2023 6:00pm-7:00pm (Tuesday)

    Western Neighborhoods Project is staging a Virtual Paddle Out in honor of a local legend who recently passed away: Pat Cunneen

    Pat was born in San Francisco and raised in the Sunset District, before leaving to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard and later the Daly City Fire Department. He was passionate about sports and outdoor activities, was a regular at Kelly’s Cove, and was a member of local institutions such as the South End Rowing Club and the Pamakid Running Club (founded by his late wife, Betty). Pat was also an artist, and co-authored the book "South End: Sport and Community at the Dock of the Bay" with Robert Barde.

    Please join us on Tuesday, July 25th at 6:00pm; we'll share a brief biography of Pat and then give attendees the mic at the Zoom meeting to share their memories of this special member of our community. The entire program will be recorded and serve as an episode of the WNP podcast, "Outside Lands San Francisco," which will air on Saturday, July 29th.

    This event is free but donations to cover recording costs are appreciated. This program is online only; please register through Eventbrite to receive the super-secret Zoom link.


    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/676339147597

  • San Francisco: Then and Now(WNP Event)

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

    In this virtual presentation hosted by Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP), author and historian John Martini demonstrates how he uses re-photography of historic images to research such iconic Bay Area sites as Alcatraz Island, Fort Point and Sutro Baths. The show includes dozens of comparison photographs of San Francisco during the 19th century and the same views today, illustrating the dramatic evolution of the city from a wind-blown frontier village to today’s metropolis.

    Please register using Eventbrite. This one-hour Zoom program is online only and will include time for Q&A. The program is free with a suggested donation of $10; donations are split evenly between WNP and John Martini. Please RSVP to receive the super-secret Zoom link.


    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/662721707467

  • 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.


    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/641549771637

  • 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.


    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/641529250257

  • Restoring the Windmills(WNP Event)

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

    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.


    map to: 4 Star Theater 2200 Clement Street
    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/641453603997

  • Batteries to Bluffs History Walk(WNP Event)

    May 27, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)

    Join historian and retired park ranger John Martini for an exploration of the Bay Trail and Coastal Trails skirting the bluff tops of Fort Winfield Scott. We’ll enjoy gorgeous views, walk beneath the girders of the Golden Gate Bridge, see fortifications that guarded the bay from the 1860s through World War II, and peek at the expansive, waiting-to-be-renovated parade ground and barracks at Fort Winfield Scott.

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

    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.


    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/626545312897

  • "Garden Neighborhoods of San Francisco" Book Party(WNP Event)

    May 25, 2023 6:00pm-8:00pm (Thursday) at The Internet Archive

    Come celebrate the latest book from author, historian, and former WNP Board member Richard Brandi: "Garden Neighborhoods of San Francisco, the Development of Residence Parks 1905-1924," by McFarland Publishing. Richard will give an illustrated talk on residence park history. What is a residence park, you ask? You may be living in one and not even know it! Between 1905 and 1924, thirty-six such neighborhoods - called residence parks - were proposed or built in San Francisco, mostly on the west side but also reaching the Marina and Visitacion Valley. They featured picturesque streets, landscaping, detached houses, and setbacks to convey the feeling of living in a park. About half of these projects were built. Some of the better-known ones are St Francis Wood, Forest Hill, and Sea Cliff, but there were many others.

    Please register through Eventbrite. This program is $10 for WNP Members (and we absorb your Eventbrite fees) and $20 for non-members. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event, for $35 plus tax.

    Doors open at 6pm for check-in and the main program will begin at 6:30pm, running for approximately one hour. Both before and after the main program, there will be time to mingle, chat, enjoy light refreshments, and have Richard sign your new book!

    This event will be held at The Internet Archive, 300 Funston Avenue.


    map to: The Internet Archive 300 Funston Avenue
    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/garden-neighborhoods-of-san-francisco-book-party-tickets-588605493877

  • WNP 24th Birthday Bash(WNP Event)

    May 16, 2023 6:00pm-8:30pm (Tuesday) at 4 Star Theater

    Put your party hats on because Western Neighborhoods Project is celebrating its 24th Birthday! Naturally, we’re having a very San Francisco evening at the 4 Star Theater on May 16th. Join us at the Richmond District’s beloved neighborhood theater for a live “Outside Lands San Francisco” podcast recording featuring host Nicole Meldahl and special guest Michael Jang.

    You won’t want to miss your chance to hear this 2021 Guggenheim fellow talk about his work in the neighborhood. Graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1977, Jang worked on commission as a successful photographer and also captured the vibrant Bay Area punk scene. To us, however, his most compelling body of work is The Jangs (1973) – a series of intimately dynamic family photographs currently on display at SFMOMA in the “Bay Area Walls” exhibition. But you might know these photos better from Jang’s wheat-pastes around the Richmond District, which Eungie Joo, Curator of Contemporary Art at SFMOMA, observed as “impudently inserted into the visual landscape of this once bustling neighborhood, now silenced by COVID-19 and anti-Asian hate, Jang’s gesture was one of solidarity, belonging, and ownership.”

    If you haven’t seen the beautifully restored 4 Star and its rotating art gallery, The Hot House, this is the best reason to visit. The evening begins with Happy Hour at 6:00pm, and the seated program starts at 7:00pm. Tickets are $75 each. Each ticket will include beer or bubbles, birthday snacks and treats, and special giveaways! Additional food and beverages will also be available for purchase at the 4 Star concession stand. And we’re not done yet: you will also be able to purchase authentic Cliff House glassware, our brand new souvenir beer koozie, an exclusive commemorative poster, and maybe more (depending on what we can fit in our cars!).

    Support your favorite neighborhood history nonprofit and this historic gem with the funnest fundraiser ever! Please purchase tickets through the Eventbrite link, where you’ll find all the details. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available if you’re able to show WNP some extra love!

    We can’t wait to party with you in our favorite local theater! Questions? You can email WNP’s Director of Programs, Chelsea Sellin: chelsea@outsidelands.org


    map to: 4 Star Theater 2200 Clement Street
    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wnp-24th-birthday-bash-tickets-607843154237

  • History Walk: Is it Forest Hill Extension?(WNP Event)

    May 13, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)

    Join former Western Neighborhoods Project board member and historic preservation consultant Richard Brandi for a history walk through Forest Hill Extension. Part of this area on realtor’s maps contains what was, in 1914, going to be a residence park called El Por-tal Park. Ten years later it was relaunched as Laguna Honda Park but it lost its identity and was lumped with Forest Hill Extension. The adjacent residence parks of Claremont Court, Merritt Terrace, and West Portal Park were subsumed into the Greater West Portal neighborhood. 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: mostly easy; generally level ground except for Edgehill Way

    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.


    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wnp-history-walk-is-it-forest-hill-extension-tickets-593284398607

  • Buffalo Soldiers in California(WNP Event)

    May 4, 2023 6:00pm-7:00pm (Thursday) at Virtual Event

    The Presidio of San Francisco has many stories to uncover from its nearly 250 years of history, but perhaps none have been more mythologized than those of the Buffalo Soldiers. These men - members of all-Black U.S. Army regiments who passed through the city’s ports, were garrisoned on post, and even buried at the Presidio’s National Cemetery - have left an enduring impact on California.

    Please join Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) on Thursday May 4, 2023 at 6:00pm to learn more about the surprising history of these segregated regiments during a virtual presentation by Susan D. Anderson, History Curator and Program Manager of the California African American Museum (CAAM). She curated an exhibition at CAAM in 2022 called "For Race and Country: Buffalo Soldiers in California," which confronted the role of Black soldiers in the Army’s history of violence against Native American peoples, explored historical debates in the Black community over participation in American wars, and exposed cracks in a society permeated by racism.

    Anderson will highlight the Black soldiers and their families who made California home during an era of government-sanctioned racial segregation in the U.S. military. There is no better way to commemorate the start of National Military Appreciation Month than by pushing beyond enduring myths with Anderson and finding critical statewide context to an essential San Francisco story - all from the comfort of your own home.

    Please register through Eventbrite. This one-hour Zoom program is online only and will include time for Q&A. The program is free with a suggested donation of $10; donations are split evenly between WNP and Susan Anderson.


    map to: Virtual Event
    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/buffalo-soldiers-in-california-registration-601637673477

  • Clement Street Pub Crawl(WNP Event)

    Apr 29, 2023 2:30pm-5:30pm (Saturday) at Clement Street

    Join historian and retired park ranger John Martini and Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) Executive Director Nicole Meldahl for history and drinks in the Inner Richmond! We’ll visit three Clement Street watering holes, where you’ll hear interesting tidbits about our scheduled stops, as well as neighborhood history along the route. Plus, each attendee will receive a WNP history-themed beer can koozie!

    Our journey begins at 2:30pm and takes about 3 hours (depending on how much time everyone spends in each bar!). Grade: easy.

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


    map to: Clement Street San Francisco
    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wnp-clement-street-pub-crawl-tickets-607625523297

  • Fort Point Trivia Night(WNP Event)

    Apr 10, 2023 7:00pm-10:00pm (Monday) at The Little Shamrock

    Join Western Neighborhoods Project and Fort Point Beer Co. for the launch of Trivia Night! There will be 6 rounds of questions, prizes, and plenty of room for competitive spirit. Hosted at The Little Shamrock, one of SF's most historic bars, our first theme is all about the history of The Sunset District.

    Bring the history buff in your friend group and come ready for plenty of cold, fizzy beer.

    See Eventbrite for full details. Trivia will start promptly at 7pm, we suggest arriving by 6:45pm. Team size: 2-6 people. F?REE to attend & play but RSVP encouraged on Eventbrite.

    Questions? Contact info@fortpointbeer.com


    map to: The Little Shamrock 807 Lincoln Way
    Contact: info@fortpointbeer.com
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fort-point-trivia-night-w-wnp-tickets-602815937697?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb

  • Mountain Lake History Walk(WNP Event)

    Apr 8, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday) at Mountain Lake

    Join historian and retired park ranger John Martini for a history walk along the edge of the Richmond District. We’ll learn about lake and creek natural history, a Spanish colonialist campground, the Public Health Service hospital and its little-known cemetery, a restored valley, and a former military balloon launch-site.

    Our journey begins at 10:00am and takes about 1.5 hours. Grade: easy paved walking route but with one long flight of steps.

    Please register through Eventbrite. $10 for 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.


    map to: Mountain Lake San Francisco
    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wnp-mountain-lake-history-walk-tickets-525339072307

  • Golden Gate Park Music Concourse History Walk(WNP Event)

    Mar 25, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday) at Golden Gate Park

    Join historian and retired park ranger John Martini and Western Neighborhoods Project Executive Director Nicole Meldahl for a guided tour of the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park. Few people know that the park once hosted a World's Fair: the nearly forgotten 1894 California Midwinter Exposition. On this walk around the park’s Music Concourse, we’ll visit many locations from the exotic but short-lived Fair, including scattered surviving remnants from 125 years ago.

    Our journey begins at 10:00am and takes about 1.5 hours. Grade: easy.

    Please register through Eventbrite. $10 for 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.


    map to: Golden Gate Park San Francisco
    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wnp-golden-gate-park-music-concourse-history-walk-tickets-525325882857

  • Presidio Main Post History Walk (WNP Event)

    Mar 18, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday) at Presidio of San Francisco

    Join historian and retired park ranger John Martini for a walk through the Main Post of the Presidio of San Francisco, which encompasses more history than any other site within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Learn about the Ohlone people, Spanish colonists, 1906 Earthquake and Fire refugees, Buffalo Soldiers, Japanese Internment, and a dizzying variety of military architecture. Highlights of this mile-long walk include the Presidio Officers Club and Heritage Center, the Inn at the Presidio, the San Francisco Film Institute, and the new Presidio Tunnel Tops project.

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

    Please register through Eventbrite. $10 for 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.


    map to: Presidio of San Francisco San Francisco
    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wnp-presidio-main-post-history-walk-tickets-525245502437

  • Community History, But Make it Global(WNP Event)

    Mar 16, 2023 6:00pm-8:30pm (Thursday) at The Global Museum

    Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) and the San Francisco State University Museum Studies Program invite you to a special event at The Global Museum at SF State. Join us on March 16 for an evening all about the power, purpose, and process of community involvement in the work of our respective organizations. Plus, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to see the Museum’s exhibition after-hours and have unique access to artifacts not normally on view.

    The Global Museum highlights the power of diverse communities in a globally-connected world. WNP shares the extraordinary stories of the ordinary San Franciscans that make our west side community so vibrant. Our shared focus on community voices means that we go together like peanut butter and jelly.

    Event Schedule

    6:00pm-7:00pm: light refreshments and mingling; guests are invited to chat with Museum Studies students and faculty while browsing the current exhibit, "Textures of Remembrance: Vietnamese Artists and Writers Reflect on the Vietnamese Diaspora."

    7:00pm - 8:00pm: WNP Executive Director Nicole Meldahl in casual conversation with students Russell Nauman and Emma Gunst, and Christine Fogarty, Associate Director of The Global Museum. Together, they’ll chat about the importance of community involvement in collections care and curation, and how that approach is essential to both organizations. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and be part of the conversation.

    8:00pm - 8:30pm: last chance to browse the exhibition and mingle.

    Details

    Please register through Eventbrite. This event is limited to 50 people. Tickets are free for SFSU students and faculty who have the special promo code; $10 for WNP members; and $20 for non-members (but extra donations are always welcome). Proceeds from this event will evenly support both The Global Museum and WNP.

    Pandemic-appropriate masks are recommended but not required. Doors open at 6:00pm and the main program will begin at 7:00pm.

    This event will be held at The Global Museum, which is located on the San Francisco State University campus, in the Fine Arts Building, Room 203. Room 203 is just inside the main entrance to the Fine Arts building, up the 2nd floor outdoor ramp. See the Eventbrite listing for a map and more info on transit and parking.

    About Our Partners

    The Museum Studies Program at San Francisco State offers a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies and an undergraduate Minor. Through their classes in the program, students work together in the Global Museum as colleagues, developing exhibits and educational programs, caring for collections, and taking part in all daily operations of the museum.

    The Global Museum acts as a teaching lab for the SF State Museum Studies Program, and also stewards several thousand permanent collections on behalf of the University, serving as a resource for the campus community and beyond.

    Panelist Bios

    Emma Gunst is a 2nd-year M.A. graduate student in the Museum Studies program, as well as a Curiosity Collaborator at the Museum of Science and Curiosity in Sacramento. Emma recently developed a field trip program for K-6 audiences using objects from the ancient Egyptian collections at the Global Museum that included exploring hieroglyph translations.

    Russell Nauman is a 2nd-year M.A. graduate student in the Museum Studies program, as well as the Senior Manager of Operations and Exhibits at the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. Russell served as Curator in Spring 2022’s Exhibition Development class, collaborating with peers to create "Show & Tell: Ordinary Objects, Revealing Stories." This exhibit explored the hidden stories behind ordinary objects that were selected and installed by students in the class, provoking audiences to find meaning in the world around us. Russell is developing a capstone project with the USS Hornet Museum that explores Asian Americans in the military. His exhibit "Other Worlds: The Art of Storytelling" is currently on display in the Global Lab at the Global Museum.

    Christine (Abadilla) Fogarty is the Associate Director of the Global Museum and a Faculty Lecturer in the Museum Studies program. Christine developed an original exhibit for the Global Museum between 2020 and 2022, entitled "Clearly Polluted: The Fight for Environmental Justice in the Bay Area." It investigates environmental racism and its ongoing, disproportionate impact on BIPOC communities through photographs and oral history recordings with local activists and advocates conducted between February-April 2021. Most recently, Christine facilitated the Global Museum’s current exhibit "Textures of Remembrance: Vietnamese Artists and Writers Reflect on the Vietnamese Diaspora" in collaboration with SF State student group Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN).


    map to: The Global Museum 1600 Holloway, Fine Arts Building, Room 203
    Contact: Chelsea Sellin chelsea@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-history-but-make-it-global-tickets-546603464677

  • SOLD OUT Lost Cemetery of Lincoln Park History Walk SOLD OUT(WNP Event)

    Oct 29, 2022 5:00pm-7:00pm (Saturday) at Lincoln Park

    Few people realize that today's Lincoln Park Golf Course was once "City Cemetery," the final resting place for tens of thousands of San Francisco's dead, including a Chinese burial ground and the municipal paupers' graveyard called Potter's Field.

    Join Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) and our pal, historian and retired ranger John Martini, on this twilight exploration and discover forgotten funerary monuments along the golf course fairways. The walk starts at a super-secret location and proceeds along uphill paved paths and across some stretches of lawn before ending at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. Grade is moderate with some uphill sections and lawn.

    Tour begins at 5:00pm and is expected to take about 1.5 hours. The super-secret meeting location will be emailed when tickets are purchased: $10 for members (and we absorb your Eventbrite fees) and $20 for non-members.

    The walk is limited to 30 people and we will follow whatever San Francisco Department of Health regulations are in place at the time.


    map to: Lincoln Park San Francisco
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wnp-lost-cemetery-of-lincoln-park-history-walk-tickets-386530301537

  • Bon Voyage Party for The Museum at The Cliff(WNP Event)

    Oct 16, 2022 4:30pm-7:00pm (Sunday) at The Museum at The Cliff

    ACT Art Conservation, The Great Highway gallery, and Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) invite you to join us as we say bon voyage to The Museum at The Cliff in the former Cliff House Restaurant and Gift Shop on Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 4:30pm.

    It's been an honor to serve you local art and history in this iconic location at the edge of the western world since October 2021, and now it's time for us to move aside so the building can relaunch as a new restaurant under the stewardship of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. But, before we go, we want to party like's it's 1909 (see what we did there??)!

    Doors open at 4:30pm and the party will begin with an indoor reception. Guests are invited to experience our special exhibition, Naiad Cove, for the final time while mingling with the people who made it happen. There will be fun refreshments, live music, and a little bit of speechifying as we mark this watershed moment for everyone involved.

    The evening will end at sundown, as we all walk outside to toast Ben Wood's projected artworks that illuminate the windows in the former Cliff House Restaurant and Gift Shop one last time!

    Using a variety of photographic media, Ben showcases the bohemian surf culture of Kelly's Cove and the vibrant legacy of Playland at the Beach, which once graced Great Highway until its demolition 50 years ago this month. His animated projections bring together newly-digitized and never before seen films and footage from the Prelinger Archives with photographs submitted by members of the public and historic snapshots from the OpenSFHistory Archive.

    Tickets are $10 for WNP Members and $20 for Non-Members. Museum volunteers and contributing artists are invited to attend for free. Please use the special promo code you were given in advance when reserving a ticket. Don't have that code?? Email WNP Executive Director Nicole Meldahl (nicole@outsidelands.org) or The Great Highway gallery's John Lindsey (info@greathighway.com) to get that golden ticket.

    Tickets are not required to enjoy the final screening of Ben's projections, which are outside and accessible to the public. We hope you can BYOB and join the outdoor party with us as well!


    map to: The Museum at The Cliff 1090 Point Lobos Ave
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bon-voyage-party-for-the-museum-at-the-cliff-tickets-424708503567?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

  • The Museum at The Cliff: Last Hurrah(WNP Event)

    Oct 15, 2022 11:00am-5:00pm (Saturday) at The Museum at The Cliff

    The Museum at The Cliff's history gallery in the former Cliff House Gift Shop and special exhibition, Naiad Cove, in the former Cliff House Restaurant, are open to the public one final time as we say Bon Voyage to this incredible community creation and sail off into history.

    Join us on Saturday, October 15, 11:00am to 5:00pm. Tickets are free but you must register in advance through Eventbrite.

    Visitors will begin in the history gallery for an overview of what was once here in this area known as Lands End, with stories told through pieces on display from WNP's Cliff House Collection, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's Park Archives collection, and the Global Museum at SF State, which has loaned authentic Egyptian artifacts once collected by Adolph Sutro to The Museum. This provides an overview of the Cliff House and Adolph Sutro, as well as his glass palace, the Sutro Baths, and public gardens at Sutro Heights.

    With this context in place, visitors will enjoy the special exhibition. Curated by John Lindsey of The Great Highway gallery and Nicole Meldahl, Executive Director of WNP, Naiad Cove is an immersive experience that instills a deeper sense of place by placing site-specific contemporary artworks in conversation with historic artifacts–both in situ with the landscape that created them.

    Enter through San Francisco's iconic fog to meet old friends from the Cliff House Collection “the porcelain muses, carved wooden bear, and Playland cowboy“ who will once again greet visitors at the door. Once inside, guests will experience a simulation of the Sutro Baths mezzanine, where you could once explore a museum, relax with friends, or peer into swimming tanks on the lower level. Walking through the former restaurant's bar and bistro, you'll see what it was like to dine at the Cliff House, which was constructed in 1909 but went through several significant transformations as proprietors catered to changing tastes. Then you'll travel along Great Highway, with a rollercoaster ride and a gallery of contemporary photographs on your way to an area that commemorates the 50th anniversary of Playland at the Beach's closure in 1972.

    Projections by Ben Wood and immersive sound installations by Andrew Roth of Roth Audio Design throughout Naiad Cove transport you to another era, and kid-friendly activities in both the history gallery and special exhibition hall make this fun for the whole family.

    There is nothing more powerful than experiencing this history in place and we look forward to hosting you at the Cliff House once again.

    It's been an honor to serve you local art and history in this iconic restaurant since October 2021. Thank you all for being part of this incredible happening.

    Thank you to District 1 Supervisor Connie Chan and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for making this exhibition possible.


    map to: The Museum at The Cliff 1090 Point Lobos Ave
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-museum-at-the-cliff-last-hurrah-tickets-424698132547?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

  • "Great Highway" Movie(WNP Event)

    Oct 14, 2022 6:00pm-9:00pm (Friday) at The Museum at The Cliff

    Western Neighborhoods Project and The Great Highway gallery are excited to present a very special screening of "Great Highway," a film that documents and celebrates the unique cast of characters who make Ocean Beach so vibrant.

    This hour-and-a-half documentary traces the history of San Francisco surfing and the beach lifestyle from past to present, exploring the changes that time reveals. This history is told by those who lived it, from the lifeguards at historic Fleishhacker Pool to surfing pioneer and wetsuit developer Jack O'Neill, to the kids growing up surfing the Bay Area today.

    This movie, produced by Krista Howell and directed by Mark Gunson, has been honored at numerous film festivals, and seeing it in the former Cliff House Restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Great Highway is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Krista will introduce the film and also be available for a Q&A session after the screening.

    Join us on Friday, October 14th for an incredible evening at The Museum at The Cliff, now in its final week of community programs before it closes forever. Doors open at 6:00pm and attendees are invited to enjoy refreshments while perusing our special exhibition, Naiad Cove, until the screening begins around 6:30pm.

    Tickets are $15 (but additional donations are appreciated!)


    map to: The Museum at The Cliff 1090 Point Lobos Ave
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-highway-movie-tickets-433201406067?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

  • “Feedback Loop (Medusa Strategy)" by Jennifer Locke(WNP Event)

    Oct 13, 2022 6:00pm-9:00pm (Thursday) at The Museum at The Cliff

    The Great Highway and Western Neighborhoods Project are excited to present “Feedback Loop (Medusa Strategy),” a site-specific performance at The Museum of The Cliff by San Francisco-based artist Jennifer Locke.

    Working in performance, video, installation, and photography, Locke creates physically intense sculptural actions that activate the relationships between camera, audience, and architecture. “Feedback Loop (Medusa Strategy)” is an act of looking backwards—literally and metaphorically—that considers how chain reactions beginning in the past multiply and intensify to create the present.

    Join us on Thursday, October 13th for an unforgettable evening that launches The Museum at The Cliff's final week of community programs before we close forever. Doors open at 6:00pm and attendees are invited to enjoy refreshments and live Jazz from the Fake Melody duo while perusing our special exhibition, Naiad Cove, an an indoor reception until the performance begins after sunset at 7:30 p.m. Then, Locke will generate a ritualized circumnavigation of the Cliff House to manifest a transformative time portal on this Western-most cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean with the help of cameras, projectors, and rear-view mirrors.

    Tickets to the indoor reception are $10 for Western Neighborhoods Project members and $25 for non-members. The performance, which is outdoors, is free for the public to attend.


    map to: The Museum at The Cliff 1090 Point Lobos Ave
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feedback-loop-medusa-strategy-by-jennifer-locke-tickets-433189149407?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

  • Residence Parks of West Portal by ShapingSF

    Oct 1, 2022 12:00pm-3:00pm (Saturday) at The Great Outdoors at West Portal

    You may be living in a residence park and not know it. Between 1905 and 1924, 36 residence parks were planned or launched in San Francisco, with picturesque streets, landscaping, detached houses, and setbacks to convey the feeling of living in a park. Only a few are well known such as St Francis Wood, Forest Hill, and Seacliff. The developers were colorful characters who left a legacy of attractive, landscaped neighborhoods that have lasted more than 100 years.

    Author, West Portal resident, and former WNP Board Member Richard Brandi will lead a bike tour for ShapingSF based on his new book, Garden Neighborhoods of San Francisco, the Development of Residence Parks 1905-1924, by McFarland Publishing.

    You will see upwards of 10 residence parks in the greater West Portal and Ocean Avenue areas. The 2-hour bike ride will have multiple stops so Richard can point out the unique figures of each neighborhood. The route is on city street and is not too steep. There are no restrooms on the route.

    This event is co-sponsored by WNP and ShapingSF. RSVP required in advance by emailing shaping [at] foundsf [dot] org.


    map to: The Great Outdoors at West Portal San Francisco
    Contact: Hardworking Historians shaping [at] foundsf [dot] org

  • Combo Curator Tour of Naiad Cove(WNP Event)

    Sep 23, 2022 6:00pm-8:00pm (Friday) at The Museum at The Cliff

    Join us for a special evening hosted by Western Neighborhoods Project in the former Cliff House Restaurant when The Museum at The Cliff is closed to the public. We will serve you complimentary refreshments as John Lindsey of The Great Highway gallery and WNP Executive Director Nicole Meldahl lead you on an art and history curator's tour of the contemporary art and historic artifacts they chose to feature in "Naiad Cove."

    The Museum at The Cliff's special show, "Naiad Cove" is an immersive exhibition that showcases the mythical heritage of Lands End and Ocean Beach by placing site-specific contemporary artworks in conversation with historic artifacts--both in situ with the landscape that created them.

    The artifacts on display have far more complex stories than we can tell in small captions. Nicole Meldahl will explain the secrets behind her selections and provide entertaining anecdotes about all things on display related to Sutro Baths, Cliff House, and Playland-at-the-Beach. But, of course, a key part of this experience centers on contemporary photography. John Lindsey has included fourteen submissions from local photographers that explore the landscape surrounding the Cliff House, placing them within a long lineage of photographers who also came to the coast with a camera in hand. Additional works on loan from The Great Highway gallery highlight the intersection of land and water, and foster a deeper connection to this unique part of San Francisco.

    You're getting two curators for the price of one! This program is $10 for Western Neighborhoods Project members and $20 for non-members. Doors to The Museum will open at 6:00pm on Friday, September 9, 2022. The curator's tour will begin at 6:15pm and is expected to take about 45 minutes. Afterwards, attendees are invited to explore the full exhibition or simply hang out, sip a beverage, and enjoy the view.

    The Museum at The Cliff closes on September 25, 2022 so this is your last chance to experience "Naiad Cove" with the folks who poured their blood, sweat, and tears into it. And we look forward to hosting you for the final time!


    map to: The Museum at The Cliff 1090 Point Lobos Ave
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/combo-curators-tour-of-naiad-cove-tickets-411647838767?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

  • Sutro Heights History Walk(WNP Event)

    Sep 17, 2022 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday) at Sutro Heights

    Join Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) for this in-person scenic and historic walk led by our pal John Martini through his old stomping grounds at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

    John's tour brings Sutro's "Pleasure Grounds" alive and recreates the area San Franciscans long considered their very own seaside wonderland. The walk, which features an easy grade with one uphill section and one area of unpaved paths, will include an overview of the Cliff House and ruins of Sutro Baths, Sutro's midway of Merrie Way, and a loop walk through Sutro Heights, the faded formal estate of San Francisco mayor and Comstock millionaire Adolph Sutro.

    Tour begins at 10:00am and is expected to take about 1.5 to 2 hours. The super-secret meeting location will be emailed when tickets are purchased: $10 for members (and we absorb your Eventbrite fees!) and $20 for non-members.

    The walk is limited to 30 people and we will follow whatever San Francisco Department of Health regulations are in place at the time.


    map to: Sutro Heights San Francisco
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wnp-sutro-heights-history-walk-tickets-386531384777

  • WNP History Happy Hour with Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson(WNP Event)

    Sep 14, 2022 6:30pm-8:30pm (Wednesday) at The Museum at The Cliff

    History Happy Hours hosted by Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) are now in-person!

    Join Nicole Meldahl and Chelsea Sellin as they enjoy adult beverages while chatting with local historians, artists, longtime west side residents and other surprise guests on Wednesday evenings at The Museum at The Cliff.

    On Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 6:30pm, we invite you to the former Cliff House Restaurant at 1090 Point Lobos Avenue for complimentary refreshments and a casual discussion with Kristine Poggioli and coauthor Carolyn Eidson--the first people known to have walked San Francisco's historic 49 Mile Scenic Drive (over one year, not it one day: sheesh!).

    They did it by dividing the route into 17 neighborhood walks. Wanting to share this with other fun-loving people who love San Francisco, they researched the history along each mile of the Drive and turned their adventure into a turn-by-turn walking guidebook, cleverly titled: Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive.

    Then, they challenged San Francisco to walk it too! Did the challenge succeed? Did they uncover any shocking SF history? How did their marriage survive while writing a book together? What is the 49 Mile Scenic Drive? So many questions...so many secrets to be spilled. Bring your questions, too, and be part of this friendly conversation as the authors tell us all about their adventure. It'll be a hoot!

    Doors open at 6:30pm for check-in and the main program will begin at 7:00pm, running for approximately one hour. Afterwards, guests are free to explore our newest exhibition, "Naiad Cove," or simply hang out, mingle, and enjoy the view.

    This program is $10 for WNP Members (and we absorb your Eventbrite fees) and $30 for non-members. If you aren't part of the WNP family already, you can fix this problem by joining WNP for the low low price of $50 a year.

    Plus, for this event only, we have a special offer...If you donate $20 to WNP in advance, the authors will give you a signed book. BUT if you donate $100 to WNP in advance, the authors will give you a signed book AND an 18x22-inch metal replica of the iconic seagull SIGN! How cool is that?!


    map to: The Museum at The Cliff 1090 Point Lobos Ave
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wnp-history-happy-hour-with-kristine-poggioli-and-carolyn-eidson-tickets-411420749537?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

  • WNP Curator Tour of Naiad Cove(WNP Event)

    Sep 10, 2022 6:00pm-8:00pm (Saturday) at The Museum at The Cliff
    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

    Join us for a special evening hosted by Western Neighborhoods Project in the former Cliff House Restaurant when The Museum at The Cliff is closed to the public. We will serve you complimentary refreshments as WNP Executive Director Nicole Meldahl guides you through historic art and artifacts she chose to feature in "Naiad Cove."

    The Museum at The Cliff's special show, "Naiad Cove" is an immersive exhibition that showcases the mythical heritage of Lands End and Ocean Beach by placing site-specific contemporary artworks in conversation with historic artifacts--both in situ with the landscape that created them.

    The artifacts on display have far more complex stories than we can tell in small captions. Nicole will explain the secrets behind her selections and provide entertaining anecdotes about all things on display related to Sutro Baths, Cliff House, and Playland-at-the-Beach.

    This program is $10 for Western Neighborhoods Project members and $30 for non-members. Doors to The Museum will open at 6:00pm on Friday, September 9, 2022. The curator's tour will begin at 6:15pm and is expected to take about 45 minutes. Afterwards, attendees are invited to explore the full exhibition or simply hang out, sip a beverage, and enjoy the view.

    Time is running out to see "Naiad Cove" after hours. The Museum at The Cliff closes on September 25, 2022! The tour is limited to 40 people so snag your tickets soon.


    map to: The Museum at The Cliff 1090 Point Lobos Ave
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org

  • Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture 50th Anniversary Open House

    Sep 10, 2022 11:00am-1:00pm (Saturday) at Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture

    The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture at the San Francisco Botanical Garden is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with an open house on Saturday, September 10, from 10am-4:00pm!

    There will be a book sale featuring hundreds of gently used plant and gardening titles; an exhibition titled "From Sand Dunes to Forest: Canopy Trees of Golden Gate Park;" hourly raffles, and all kinds of fun for all ages.

    Our own Nicole Meldahl will take part with a storytime that starts at 11:00am. She'll read a very special book from the Library and then everyone gets to put their imaginations to work with vintage crafts for kids.

    This event is absolutely free and no registration is required. Masks are strongly recommended for all attendees over the age of 2.


    map to: Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture 1199 9th Avenue
    Contact: Library Director: Brandy Kuhl library@sfbg.org
    more info: https://sfbg.secure.force.com/ticket/#/events/a0S6Q00000UQYRZUA5

  • The Great Highway Curator Tour of Naiad Cove(WNP Event)

    Sep 9, 2022 6:00pm-8:00pm (Friday) at The Museum at The Cliff

    Join us for a special evening hosted by Western Neighborhoods Project in the former Cliff House Restaurant when The Museum at The Cliff is closed to the public. We will serve you complimentary refreshments as John Lindsey of The Great Highway gallery leads you on a curator's tour of the contemporary art he chose to feature in "Naiad Cove."

    The Museum at The Cliff's newest activation, "Naiad Cove" is an immersive exhibition that showcases the mythical heritage of Lands End and Ocean Beach by placing site-specific contemporary artworks in conversation with historic artifacts--both in situ with the landscape that created them.

    A key part of this experience centers on contemporary photography. John Lindsey has included fourteen submissions from local photographers that explore the landscape surrounding the Cliff House, placing them within a long lineage of photographers who also came to the coast with a camera in hand. Additional works on loan from The Great Highway gallery highlight the intersection of land and water, and foster a deeper connection to this unique part of San Francisco.

    This program is $10 for Western Neighborhoods Project members and $30 for non-members. Doors to The Museum will open at 6:00pm on Friday, September 9, 2022. The curator's tour will begin at 6:15pm and is expected to take about 45 minutes. Afterwards, attendees are invited to explore the full exhibition or simply hang out, sip a beverage, and enjoy the view.


    map to: The Museum at The Cliff 1090 Point Lobos Ave
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-highway-curators-tour-of-naiad-cove-tickets-411643716437?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

  • WNP History Happy Hour with San Francisco Neon(WNP Event)

    Sep 7, 2022 6:30pm-8:30pm (Wednesday) at The Museum at The Cliff

    History Happy Hours hosted by Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) are now in-person!

    Join Nicole Meldahl and (sometimes) Chelsea Sellin as they enjoy adult beverages while chatting with local historians, artists, longtime west side residents and other surprise guests on Wednesday evenings at The Museum at The Cliff.

    On Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 6:30pm, we invite you to the former Cliff House Restaurant at 1090 Point Lobos Avenue for complimentary refreshments and a casual discussion with Randall Ann Homan and Al Barna of San Francisco Neon. This dynamic duo advocates for the artistic legacy of historic neon signs in San Francisco by helping to actively preserve survivors in the city, as well as hosting tours, talks, and other events, including an annual international festival and symposium called Neon Speaks. We adore them and their work and are so excited to chat about what they've been up to lately, some of their favorite neon signs, and more.

    Doors open at 6:30pm for check-in and the main program will begin at 7:00pm, running for approximately one hour. Afterwards, guests are free to explore our newest exhibition, "Naiad Cove," or simply hang out, mingle, and enjoy the view.

    This program is $10 for WNP Members (and we absorb your Eventbrite fees) and $30 for non-members. Plus, for this event only, an extra $8 donation means you can go home with your very own Trad'r Sam enamel pin!

    If you aren't part of the WNP family already, you can fix this problem by joining WNP for the low low price of $50 a year.


    map to: The Museum at The Cliff 1090 Point Lobos Ave
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wnp-history-happy-hour-with-san-francisco-neon-tickets-405927529167?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

  • Projection Party at The Museum at The Cliff(WNP Event)

    Sep 3, 2022 6:00pm-9:00pm (Saturday) at The Museum at The Cliff

    Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) is thrilled to premiere new artwork by Ben Wood animating local history at The Museum at The Cliff on Saturday, September 3, 2022.

    This installation will illuminate windows in the former Cliff House Restaurant facing east, overlooking the lower terrace and Ocean Beach. Using a variety of photographic media, Ben will showcase the bohemian surf culture of Kelly's Cove and the vibrant legacy of Playland at the Beach, which once graced Great Highway until its demolition 50 years ago this month. His animated projections bring toghether newly-digitized and never before seen films with photographs submitted by members of the public and historic snapshots from the OpenSFHistory Archive.

    And if you can believe it, this work is a companion piece to Ben's projection illuminating three northerly-facing windows of the former Cliff House Gift Shop with diverse cenes of the Cliff House and connected sites that has been showing nightly from sundown to 10:00pm since December 2021! What better way to celebrate Labor Day Weekend than by celebrating the artistic labor of Ben Wood, his indispensable collaborator, Rick Bellamy, and everyone who contributed to the piece than by joining us for a Projection Party?!

    The party begins with a Fancy Pants Reception inside The Museum from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Guests at the Reception will receive complimentary refreshments and have access to the special exhibition, "Naiad Cove," while enjoying the fabulous accompaniment of the Aloha Uke Squad. Then, we'll move outside to see the projection which will be viewed from the lower terrace after sundown, beginning at 8:00pm(ish). Here, members of the general public will join us to see Ben's projection for the first time.

    Tickets to the Fancy Pants Reception, which will take place inside The Museum at The Cliff from 6:00-8:00pm, are $15 for WNP Members and $30 for Non-Members. The screening will be outside and is free to the public but reservation in advance is appreciated. You can BYOB and register now by selecting "I Wanna See Ben's Projection!"


    map to: The Museum at The Cliff 1090 Point Lobos Avenue
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/projection-party-at-the-museum-at-the-cliff-tickets-402113661787

  • The Great Highway Curator Tour of Naiad Cove(WNP Event)

    Aug 26, 2022 6:00pm-8:00pm (Friday) at The Museum at The Cliff

    Join us for a special evening hosted by Western Neighborhoods Project in the former Cliff House Restaurant when The Museum at The Cliff is closed to the public. We will serve you complimentary refreshments as John Lindsey of The Great Highway gallery leads you on a curator's tour of the contemporary art he chose to feature in "Naiad Cove."

    The Museum at The Cliff's newest activation, "Naiad Cove" is an immersive exhibition that showcases the mythical heritage of Lands End and Ocean Beach by placing site-specific contemporary artworks in conversation with historic artifacts--both in situ with the landscape that created them.

    A key part of this experience centers on contemporary photography. John Lindsey has included fourteen submissions from local photographers that explore the landscape surrounding the Cliff House, placing them within a long lineage of photographers who also came to the coast with a camera in hand. Additional works on loan from The Great Highway gallery highlight the intersection of land and water, and foster a deeper connection to this unique part of San Francisco.

    This program is free for Western Neighborhoods Project members and $30 for non-members. Doors to The Museum will open at 6:00pm on Friday, August 26, 2022. The curator's tour will begin at 6:15pm and is expected to take about 45 minutes. Afterwards, attendees are invited to explore the full exhibition or simply hang out, sip a beverage, and enjoy the view.


    map to: The Museum at The Cliff 1090 Point Lobos Avenue
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-highway-curators-tour-of-naiad-cove-tickets-388895726587

  • SOLD OUT WNP History Happy Hour with Woody LaBounty SOLD OUT(WNP Event)

    Aug 24, 2022 6:00pm-8:00pm (Wednesday) at The Museum at The Cliff

    History Happy Hours hosted by Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) are now in-person!

    Join Nicole Meldahl and Chelsea Sellin as they enjoy adult beverages while chatting with local historians, artists, longtime west side residents and other surprise guests on Wednesday evenings at The Museum at The Cliff.

    On August 24, 2022 at 6:00pm, we invite you to the former Cliff House Restaurant at 1090 Point Lobos Avenue for complimentary refreshments and a casual discussion with Woody LaBounty, WNP's co-founder and lifelong San Francisco historian. Guests will hear Woody talk about his newest venture, San Francisco Story, and share some of his favorite Cliff House stories (naturally). We encourage you to wear your best hat in honor of Mr. LaBounty's iconic fedora, but the presence of a jaunty hat will not be required.

    Doors open at 6:00pm for check-in and the main program will begin at 6:30pm, running for approximately one hour. Afterwards, guests are free to explore our newest exhibition, "Naiad Cove," and the history gallery in the former Cliff House Gift Shop or simply hang out, mingle, and enjoy the view.

    This program is free for WNP Members and Friends of Woody. Members of the general public can purchase tickets for $30 each. If you aren't part of the WNP family or a registered friend of Woody, you can fix this problem by joining WNP for the low low price of $50 a year and/or joining the San Francisco Story squad for just $70 a year.


    map to: The Museum at The Cliff 1090 Point Lobos Ave
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wnp-history-happy-hour-with-woody-labounty-tickets-388907782647

  • Cliff House & Sutro Baths History Walk(WNP Event)

    Aug 20, 2022 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday) at The Cliff House

    Join Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) as we explore the fabled Cliff House and the ruins of Sutro Baths on this in-person history walk led by historian John Martini.

    We'll venture around the Cliff House to learn about the history of San Francisco's most incendiary landmark (poof!). The Baths visit will include a steep walk downhill into the ruins to visit the mysterious tunnels through Point Lobos, followed by an uphill climb to the old Sky Tram overlook where we'll see the wave catch basin constructed by Adolph Sutro that trapped Pacific waves and sent roiling seawater to the Baths.

    Our two-hour tour begins at 10:00am and please note that the grade is strenuous with steep downhill sections, unpaved trails, stairs, and walking across sandy areas. The super-secret meeting location will be emailed when tickets are purchased: $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Each ticket includes a complimentary pass to see "Naiad Cove," WNP's new special exhibition on view at The Museum at The Cliff after the walk.

    The walk is limited to 30 people and we will be following whatever San Francisco Department of Health regulations are in place at that time.


    map to: The Cliff House 1090 Point Lobos Avenue
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wnp-cliff-house-sutro-baths-history-walk-tickets-386478275927

  • The Great Highway Curator Tour of Naiad Cove(WNP Event)

    Aug 19, 2022 6:00pm-8:00pm (Friday) at The Museum at The Cliff

    Join us for a special evening hosted by Western Neighborhoods Project in the former Cliff House Restaurant when The Museum at The Cliff is closed to the public. We will serve you complimentary refreshments as John Lindsey of The Great Highway gallery leads you on a curator's tour of the contemporary art he chose to feature in "Naiad Cove."

    The Museum at The Cliff's newest activation, "Naiad Cove" is an immersive exhibition that showcases the mythical heritage of Lands End and Ocean Beach by placing site-specific contemporary artworks in conversation with historic artifacts--both in situ with the landscape that created them.

    A key part of this experience centers on contemporary photography. John Lindsey has included fourteen submissions from local photographers that explore the landscape surrounding the Cliff House, placing them within a long lineage of photographers who also came to the coast with a camera in hand. Additional works on loan from The Great Highway gallery highlight the intersection of land and water, and foster a deeper connection to this unique part of San Francisco.

    This program is free for Western Neighborhoods Project members and $30 for non-members. Doors to The Museum will open at 6:00pm on Friday, August 19, 2022. The curator's tour will begin at 6:15pm and is expected to take about 45 minutes. Afterwards, attendees are invited to explore the full exhibition or simply hang out, sip a beverage, and enjoy the view.


    map to: The Museum at The Cliff 1090 Point Lobos Avenue
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-highway-curators-tour-of-naiad-cove-tickets-388873550257

  • History Happy Hour with Reino Niemela Jr.(WNP Event)

    Aug 17, 2022 6:00pm-8:00pm (Wednesday) at The Museum at The Cliff

    History Happy Hours hosted by Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) are now in-person!

    Join Nicole Meldahl and (sometimes) Chelsea Sellin as they enjoy adult beverages while chatting with local historians, artists, longtime west side residents and other surprise guests on Wednesday evenings at The Museum at The Cliff.

    On Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at 6:00pm, we invite you to the former Cliff House Restaurant at 1090 Point Lobos Avenue for complimentary refreshments and a casual discussion with Reino Niemala Jr.. His father, Rey Niemala Sr., was an artist and designer who began working for the Whitney Family in the 1930s and was responsible for all the hand-painted signage at Playland at the Beach. "Naiad Cove" is the first expansive exhibition of his work thanks to Reino's generoisty. Guests will hear Reino talk about his dad, his memories of Playland, and more!

    Doors open at 6:00pm for check-in and the main program will begin at 6:30pm, running for approximately one hour. Afterwards, guests are free to explore our newest exhibition, "Naiad Cove," or simply hang out, mingle, and enjoy the view.

    This program is free for WNP Members and $30 each non-members. If you aren't part of the WNP family already, you can fix this problem by joining WNP for the low low price of $50 a year.


    map to: The Museum at The Cliff 1090 Point Lobos Ave
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wnp-history-happy-hour-with-reino-niemela-jr-tickets-390634467207

  • WNP History Happy Hour with Patrick Moser(WNP Event)

    Aug 10, 2022 6:00pm-8:00pm (Wednesday) at The Museum at The Cliff

    History Happy Hours hosted by Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) are now in-person!

    Join Nicole Meldahl and (sometimes) Chelsea Sellin as they enjoy adult beverages while chatting with local historians, artists, longtime west side residents and other surprise guests on Wednesday evenings at The Museum at The Cliff

    On Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 6:00pm, we invite you to the former Cliff House Restaurant at 1090 Point Lobos Avenue for complimentary refreshments and a casual discussion with author Patrick Moser. Guests will hear Patrick talk about his book, "Surf & Rescue: George Freeth and the Birth of California Beach Culture," its connection to Sutro Baths and San Francisco, and how he got interested in the subject in the first place!

    Doors open at 6:00pm for check-in and the main program will begin at 6:30pm, running for approximately one hour. Afterwards, guests are free to explore our newest exhibition, "Naiad Cove," or simply hang out, mingle, and enjoy the view.

    This program is free for WNP Members and $30 each non-members. If you aren't part of the WNP family already, you can fix this problem by joining WNP for the low low price of $50 a year.


    map to: The Museum at The Cliff 1090 Point Lobos Ave
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wnp-history-happy-hour-with-patrick-moser-tickets-390576824797

  • Surf & Rescue: George Freeth and the Birth of California Beach Culture(WNP Event)

    Jul 28, 2022 6:00pm-7:30pm (Thursday) at Virtual Event

    Western Neighborhoods Project is thrilled to host a virtual author talk by Patrick Moser, who recently published "Surf & Rescue: George Freeth and the Birth of California Beach Culture," on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 6:00pm.

    "Surf & Rescue" is about a mixed-race Hawaiian athlete named George Freeth who brought surfing to Venice, California in 1907. Over the next twelve years, Freeth taught Southern Californians to surf and swim while creating a modern lifeguard service that transformed the beach into a destination for fun, leisure, and excitement.

    Patrick Moser places Freeth's inspiring life story against the rise of the Southern California beach culture he helped shape and define. Freeth made headlines with his rescue of seven fishermen, an act of heroism that highlighted his innovative lifequarding techniques. But he also founded California's first surf club and coached both male and female athletes, including Olympic swimming champion and "father of modern surfing" Duke Kahanamoku.

    Moser's work contextualizes the surf history we've long held dear at Kelly's Cove on Ocean Beach, and the book also features several photographs from our OpenSFHistory Archive. Hear how Freeth and Kahanamoku are connected to Sutro Baths and San Francisco and so much more.

    This online event is free but you do need to register in advance and donations are always appreciated.


    map to: Virtual Event San Francisco
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/surf-rescue-george-freeth-and-the-birth-of-california-beach-culture-tickets-386546851037

  • The Museum at The Cliff: Now Showing, Naiad Cove(WNP Event)

    Jun 25, 2022 11:00am-5:00pm (Saturday)
    Sep 25, 2022 11:00am-5:00pm (Sunday) at The Museum at The Cliff

    The Museum at The Cliff's history gallery in the former Cliff House Gift Shop and special exhibition, Naiad Cove, in the former Cliff House Restaurant are open to the public on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays),11:00am to 5:00pm, from June 25, 2022 until September 25, 2022. Although we encourage you to regularly visit our Events Page to see a list of special programs held at The Museum on weekdays and evenings.

    Visitors will begin in the history gallery for an overview of what was once here in this area known as Lands End, with stories told through pieces on display from WNP's Cliff House Collection, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's Park Archives collection, and the Global Museum at SF State, which has loaned authentic Egyptian artifacts once collected by Adolph Sutro to The Museum. This provides an overview of the Cliff House and Adolph Sutro, as well as his glass palace, the Sutro Baths, and public gardens at Sutro Heights.

    With this context in place, visitors will enjoy the special exhibition. Curated by John Lindsey of The Great Highway gallery and Nicole Meldahl, Executive Director of WNP, Naiad Cove is an immersive experience that instills a deeper sense of place by placing site-specific contemporary artworks in conversation with historic artifacts–both in situ with the landscape that created them.

    Enter through San Francisco's iconic fog to meet old friends from the Cliff House Collection “the porcelain muses, carved wooden bear, and Playland cowboy“ who will once again greet visitors at the door. Once inside, guests will experience a simulation of the Sutro Baths mezzanine, where you could once explore a museum, relax with friends, or peer into swimming tanks on the lower level. Walking through the former restaurant's bar and bistro, you'll see what it was like to dine at the Cliff House, which was constructed in 1909 but went through several significant transformations as proprietors catered to changing tastes. Then you'll travel along Great Highway, with a rollercoaster ride and a gallery of contemporary photographs on your way to an area that commemorates the 50th anniversary of Playland at the Beach's closure in 1972.

    Projections by Ben Wood and immersive sound installations by Andrew Roth of Roth Audio Design throughout Naiad Cove transport you to another era, and kid-friendly activities in both the history gallery and special exhibition hall make this fun for the whole family.

    There is nothing more powerful than experiencing this history in place and we look forward to hosting you at the Cliff House once again.

    Tickets are free but you must register in advance through Eventbrite.

    Thank you to District 1 Supervisor Connie Chan and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for making this exhibition possible.


    map to: The Museum at The Cliff 1090 Point Lobos Ave
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-museum-at-the-cliff-tickets-351326465917

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