The Thirteenth Labor of Hercules - Panama Pacific International Exposition, 1915, Courtesy California Historical Society Attend

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California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105


$5 General Admission
Free for CHS Members


6:00 - 8:00 PM

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Panel Discussion


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  • Near BART
  • Near MUNI
  • Indoors

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Labor in San Francisco – Before and After 1915

California Historical Society
May 28, 06:00PM – 08:00PM

Sixty years after “the world rushed in” to California seeking gold in 1849, the working men and women of San Francisco responded to the disaster of 1906 by rebuilding their city in record time. Join us for a panel discussion on the city’s distinctive labor and working class history from the “Gay 90s” to the PPIE and beyond to the “Roaring 20s.”


Chris Carlsson is co-director of the multimedia history project Shaping San Francisco (historical archive at FOUNDSF.ORG), is a writer, publisher, editor, and community organizer. He has written two books, After the Deluge and Nowtopia.

Bill Issel is professor of history emeritus at San Francisco State University and visiting professor of history at Mills College. He is co-author of San Francisco, 1865-1932: Politics, Power and Urban Development (1986) and author of Church and State in the City: Catholics and Politics in 20th Century San Francisco. (2013).

Barbara Berglund is the Historian for the Presidio Trust. She wrote Making San Francisco American: Cultural Frontiers in the American West.

Susan Englander is on the faculty of San Francisco State University (SFSU) and currently teaches California history and the US History survey. She is the author of “We Want the Ballot for Very Different Reasons:’ Clubwomen, Union Women, and the Internal Politics of the Suffrage Movement, 1896-1911″ in California Women and Politics: From the Gold Rush to the New Deal. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press (2011).

This event is sponsored by the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation.

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