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Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco


$25 event pass
Your ticket will grant you access to each event on Saturday, June 20th - ticket holders are welcome to attend all or a combination of the events.


5:00 pm world premiere of the film "When the World Came to San Francisco" by R. Christian Anderson
7:15 pm book talk on "The Jewel City" by author Laura Ackley
8:00 pm The Panama-Pacific Centennial Concert

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“San Francisco’s Jewel City” by Laura Ackley

Laura Ackley
Jun 20, 07:15PM – 07:45PM

This lavishly illustrated volume is as much a triumph as the fair itself. San Francisco’s Jewel City takes readers on an in-depth tour of the PPIE, revealing the dramas of constructing the fair and the displays of culture and industry that awaited within the exposition walls: electrical home appliances, rides in a homemade airplane, a world tour of twenty-one international pavilions, luminous radium crystals, and, of course, a model of the world-changing Panama Canal.  Along the way, we meet famous (and infamous) visitors, such as Theodore Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Thomas Edison, and Buffalo Bill Cody. Historian Laura Ackley’s compelling text is unparalleled in its breadth of scope and richness of detail, providing social and political context for the fair and offering insight into its legacy today.

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