WNP Events Calendar

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.

We also do slide shows and lectures for community groups, classrooms, preschools, clubs, historical societies, and other organizations who'd like to hear more about topics like the Sunset district, the old Rancho San Miguel, earthquake shacks, and "Carville".

Past Events
  • Apr 21st, 2018 11:00am (Saturday) at Western Neighborhoods Project on Balboa
    Sutro's Glass Palace: The Story of Sutro Baths

    SOLD OUT! (Check out Facebook... we may be able to broadcast it.)

    Built in the 1890s, Sutro Baths was the largest indoor bathhouse in the world, featuring seven swimming pools, art works, promenades and museum exhibits, all covered by nearly three acres of glass. Today, only broken concrete ruins remain at Lands End. Even in ruins, the Sutro Baths still draws thousands of people daily who explore its mysterious foundations and rocky tunnels. This talk by former National Park Service ranger John Martini includes many never before seen photographs of Adolph Sutro's legendary Glass Palace. Tickets are $10. Copies of John's Sutro Baths book will be available for sale and signing.
    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project on Balboa 1617 Balboa Street

  • Apr 14th, 2018 12:00pm (Saturday) at Western Neighborhoods Project at 1617 Balboa Street
    WNP Open Hours: Playland Movie

    Drop by our open hours at 1617 Balboa Street to chat with WNP folks, learn some local history, and check out Tom Wyrsch's great documentary "Remembering Playland at the Beach." We'll be showing it at noon on our super big television.
    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project at 1617 Balboa Street 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Arnold Woods arnold@outsidelands.org

  • Apr 7th, 2018 12:00pm (Saturday) at Sunset Branch Library
    Sunset Branch Library 100 Years

    WNP will help the Sunset branch of the San Francisco Public Library celebrate its 100th anniversary with old photos, history, and a presentation about the beautiful Carnegie library building and the surrounding neighborhood at 1:30pm. Free to all!
    map to: Sunset Branch Library 1305 18th Avenue
    more info: https://sfpl.org/?pg=0100001801

  • Mar 31st, 2018 12:00pm (Saturday) at Western Neighborhoods Project on Balboa
    Caring for Your Family Treasures

    WNP Board Member Anisha Gupta, who works as a conservator preserving works on paper and photographs at the Legion of Honor, will give a presentation about art conservation and how to care for your own family treasures. You are welcome to bring in family documents or photographs to get advice from Anisha on how to properly store and display them.

    This event is free of charge.
    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project on Balboa 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Mar 22nd, 2018 7:00pm (Thursday) at Western Neighborhoods Project on Balboa
    Jitterbuggin: The Story of One Sunset Family

    SOLD OUT!
    Join us as we host a special screening of master storyteller Ron Jones' documentary on growing up in the Sunset District in the 1950s. Archival footage, photos, and tales from a unique family from the time of swing in the 1940s to today's hip-hop.

    Ron will join us for a short Q&A after. More about him at http://www.ronjoneswriter.com

    Admission is $10. Space is limited, so reserve your seat.


    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project on Balboa 1617 Balboa Street

  • Mar 17th, 2018 11:00am (Saturday) at Western Neighborhoods Project at 1617 Balboa Street
    OpenSFHistory: Top Ten of the Month

    Come to the Home for History and enjoy an illustrated presentation of the top ten historical San Francisco images scanned in the past month for OpenSFHistory.org (We might have a bias for Irish landmarks, as it will be St. Patricks Day.)

    Tickets are $10 (a mere dollar an image). Space is limited, so reserve your spot today:

    Purchase Tickets


    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project at 1617 Balboa Street 1617 Balboa Street

  • Mar 4th, 2018 11:00am (Sunday) at Old Mint
    San Francisco History Days

    The free San Francisco History Days at the landmark Old Mint returns! Join community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, reenactors, and other history enthusiasts at this free open house, as we once again celebrate and tell the stories of San Francisco’s past.
    map to: Old Mint 88 5th Street
    more info: http://sfhistorydays.org/

  • Mar 3rd, 2018 11:00am (Saturday) at Old Mint
    San Francisco History Days

    The free San Francisco History Days at the landmark Old Mint returns! Join community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, reenactors, and other history enthusiasts at this free open house, as we once again celebrate and tell the stories of San Francisco’s past.
    map to: Old Mint 88 5th Street
    more info: http://sfhistorydays.org/

  • Feb 17th, 2018 10:00am (Saturday) at Fort Funston
    Fort Funston Member Walk

    WALK FULL
    Join local historian John Martini for a history walk around Fort Funston. You will learn it is more than hang gliders and dog walkers. The now-recreational area began its history as San Franciscos most remote (some said desolate) army post in 1900. From World War I to the Cold War, the post featured barracks, massive gun emplacements, trenches, antiaircraft guns, and NIKE missiles that protected the southern approach to San Francisco Bay. Today, the remains of many of these fortifications lie buried beneath the city’s last large expanse of natural dunes. Walk will cover unpaved, sandy areas.

    This walk is free but limited to 30 WNP members and their guests.
    map to: Fort Funston

  • Feb 15th, 2018 7:00pm (Thursday) at WNP Home for History
    100 Years of the Twin Peaks Tunnel: WNP Member Symposium

    Join us for a special member symposium on the centennial of the opening of the Twin Peaks Tunnel. On February 3, 1918, Mayor Rolph drove the first MUNI streetcar from Eureka Valley to West Portal. Over the next decade, the Forest Hill, St. Francis Wood, Ingleside Terraces, West Portal, and Parkside neighborhoods saw hundreds of new homes built. Was it the tunnel, the rise of the automobile, or just a booming economy?

    Come hear about the conception, construction, and legacy of streetcar tunnel that still carries thousands of San Franciscans on the K-Ingleside, L-Taraval, and M-Oceanview routes.

    Free to WNP members, but space is limited. RSVP by clicking the Contact Us button or emailing to woody@outsidelands.org
    map to: WNP Home for History 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Woody woody@outsidelands.org

  • Feb 3rd, 2018 12:00pm (Saturday) at WNP Home for History
    WNP Open House

    Join us for an open house at our new, accessible, and welcoming location, 1617 Balboa Street (near 17th Avenue). Come by and see how things are shaping up, view historical images, learn about the 100th anniversary of the Twin Peaks Tunnel, and hear our plans for history presentations, exhibits, and conversations in our "Home for History."
    map to: WNP Home for History 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Jan 11th, 2018 7:00pm (Thursday) at Presidio Officers Club
    Outside Lands Podcast LIVE

    As part of Presidio Dialogues, we will make a live recording of the Western Neighborhoods Project's podcast, Outside Lands San Francisco. See how a podcast is made and join hosts Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher as they talk west side nightclubs, dissect listener mail, and play Outside Lands True/False Trivia.

    Make your reservation at the Presidio Dialogues site.
    map to: Presidio Officers Club 50 Moraga Avenue
    more info: https://www.presidio.gov/events/presidio-live-podcast-exploring-san-franciscos-west-side-history

  • Nov 27th, 2017 7:00pm (Monday) at SHARP Meeting Room
    OpenSFHistory: Inner Sunset and Sunset Heights

    Woody LaBounty will appear at the monthly meeting of the Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People (SHARP) to give an illustrated history of the Inner Sunset District and Sunset Heights over the last 100 years using images from the OpenSFHistory collection. Free to the public, but space is limited, so get there early.
    map to: SHARP Meeting Room 1736 9th Avenue
    more info: http://sharpsf.com/?meeting=history-sunset-heights-1920s-present-woody-labounty

  • Nov 4th, 2017 6:00pm (Saturday) at TPC Harding Golf Club
    West Side Stories

    Join us at Lake Merced for a gala celebration benefiting Western Neighborhoods Project. "West Side Stories" will be held at TPC Harding Park golf club and feature history, adult beverages, history, a buffet dinner of magnificent proportions, history, a silent auction, conviviality, and a bit of history with dessert.

    Get more information and purchase tickets at http://outsidelands.org/gala/
    map to: TPC Harding Golf Club 99 Harding Way
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org
    more info: http://outsidelands.org/gala/

  • Oct 28th, 2017 11:00am (Saturday) at BalBooa Festival
    BalBooa Festival

    We will have a booth at the Third Annual BalBooa Fright Fest with historical images of the Richmond, copies of Outside Lands magazine, and local history information. Drop by and say hello!

    Bring the whole family: there will be a scavenger hunt, Halloween activities, and a petting zoo all between 35th and 39th Avenue on Balboa Street.
    map to: BalBooa Festival
    Contact: info@balboavillagesf.org
    more info: https://www.balboavillagesf.org/balbooa2017

  • Oct 10th, 2017 7:30pm (Tuesday) at Roosevelt Middle School
    OpenSFHistory: Richmond District

    WNP teams up with the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society to share the stories behind historical images of the Richmond District. OpenSFHistory: Richmond will feature historians and locals showing unique views of the past while telling tales of cemeteries, museums, theaters, amusements, and day-to-day life in one of the city's most interesting neighborhoods.

    Event will be in the Roosevelt Middle School auditorium, 460 Arguello near Geary, and is free to SFMHS members. $10 to the public/$5 to seniors, students, K-12 teachers, and people with disabilities. Right on the 38 Geary bus line and parking is available in the school lot accessible on Palm Avenue.
    map to: Roosevelt Middle School 460 Arguello Boulevard
    Contact: Woody woody@outsidelands.org

  • Sep 23rd, 2017 10:00am (Saturday)
    Richmond District Autumn Moon Festival

    WNP will be at the first Richmond District Autumn Moon Festival on Clement Street between 5th and 8th Avenues. Come visit our booth, see some old images of the neighborhood, and say hello!
    map to:

  • Sep 7th, 2017 6:00pm (Thursday) at Presidio Officers‘ Club
    Mountain Lake History and Habitat

    Join us for a conversation on the past and future of Mountain Lake as part of Presidio Dialogues at the Presidio Officers’ Club. Using photographs, maps, and personal memories, local historians will highlight the history, human use, restoration, and borderland status of the lake between the Presidio and the Richmond District neighborhood.

    Woody LaBounty from the Western Neighborhoods Project will join Presidio Trust historian Barbara Sokolov, and representatives of the team that has recently restored and enhanced Mountain Lake’s ecology.
    map to: Presidio Officers‘ Club 50 Moraga Avenue
    more info: http://www.presidio.gov/events/

  • Aug 24th, 2017 6:00pm (Thursday) at San Francisco Planning Department
    Residence Parks Historic Context Statement Presentation

    WNP's Richard Brandi will make a presentation for the San Francisco Planning Department (and the public) on the historic context statement created by WNP about San Francisco Residence Parks.

    Visit http://sf-planning.org/residence-parks-historic-context-statement to RSVP.


    map to: San Francisco Planning Department 1650 Mission Street, 4th floor, Rm 431
    Contact: Frances McMillen Frances.McMillen@sfgov.org
    more info: http://sf-planning.org/residence-parks-historic-context-statement

  • Aug 20th, 2017 10:00am (Sunday)
    Lake Merced History Walk - North Side

    Lake Merced is the largest expanse of wetland habitat in San Francisco. Come hear about the natural history of the lake and its use by native peoples, Spanish colonizers, roadhouse operators, and real estate developers. Meet at the statue of Juan Bautista de Anza in the northern parking lot where Sunset and Lake Merced Boulevards meet. Free of charge.
    map to: Lake Merced Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Aug 13th, 2017 10:00am (Sunday) at Golden Gate Park
    Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

    Coming to the Outside Lands Music and Art Festival in Golden Gate Park? Drop by the Western Neighborhoods Project tent for a dose of local history between hearing the bands and seeing the sights.
    map to: Golden Gate Park
    Contact: Arnold Woods arnold@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.sfoutsidelands.com

  • Aug 12th, 2017 10:00am (Saturday) at Golden Gate Park
    Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

    Coming to the Outside Lands Music and Art Festival in Golden Gate Park? Drop by the Western Neighborhoods Project tent for a dose of local history between hearing the bands and seeing the sights.
    map to: Golden Gate Park
    Contact: Arnold Woods arnold@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.sfoutsidelands.com

  • Aug 11th, 2017 11:00am (Friday) at Golden Gate Park
    Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

    Coming to the Outside Lands Music and Art Festival in Golden Gate Park? Drop by the Western Neighborhoods Project tent for a dose of local history between hearing the bands and seeing the sights.
    map to: Golden Gate Park
    Contact: Arnold Woods arnold@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.sfoutsidelands.com

  • Aug 5th, 2017 2:00pm (Saturday) at Sutro Library
    OpenSFHistory: Adolph Sutro

    SOLD OUT! Enjoy a lively afternoon of history at the Sutro Library on the campus of San Francisco State. Using OpenSFHistory images, local experts and historians will present stories on Adolph Sutro's legacy to the city, from Sutro Baths to Sutro Tower and back! Read more and how to make your reservation.
    map to: Sutro Library 1630 Holloway Avenue
    more info: http://outsidelands.org/sutro-event-2017.php

  • Aug 5th, 2017 10:00am (Saturday)
    Lake Merced History Walk - South Side

    This "guns, golf, and grebes" walk will examine Lake Merced's history as a wetland, reservoir, recreational spot, and site of California's most infamous duel. Meet at the "Penguin's Prayer" statue in the parking lot along Lake Merced Boulevard just south of Brotherhood Way on the east side of the lake. Free of charge.
    map to: Lake Merced Boulevard and Brotherhood Way
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Jul 23rd, 2017 10:00am (Sunday)
    Lake Merced History Walk - South Side

    This "guns, golf, and grebes" walk will examine Lake Merced's history as a wetland, reservoir, recreational spot, and site of California's most infamous duel. Meet at the "Penguin's Prayer" statue in the parking lot along Lake Merced Boulevard just south of Brotherhood Way on the east side of the lake. Free of charge.
    map to: Lake Merced Boulevard and Brotherhood Way
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Jul 20th, 2017 7:00pm (Thursday) at The Bindery
    OpenSFHistory: Haight and Cole Valley

    SOLD OUT!
    Enjoy a lively evening of history at The Bindery, (where the old Red Vic movie house was) at 1727 Haight Street. Using OpenSFHistory images, local experts and neighbors will present stories from the Haight Ashbury and Cole Valley, before, during, and after the Summer of Love. Read more
    map to: The Bindery 1727 Haight Street
    more info: http://www.outsidelands.org/haight-2017.php

  • Jul 15th, 2017 10:00am (Saturday)
    Lake Merced History Walk - North Side

    Lake Merced is the largest expanse of wetland habitat in San Francisco. Come hear about the natural history of the lake and its use by native peoples, Spanish colonizers, roadhouse operators, and real estate developers. Meet at the statue of Juan Bautista de Anza in the northern parking lot where Sunset and Lake Merced Boulevards meet. Free of charge.
    map to: Lake Merced Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Jun 25th, 2017 10:00am (Sunday)
    Lake Merced History Walk - North Side

    Lake Merced is the largest expanse of wetland habitat in San Francisco. Come hear about the natural history of the lake and its use by native peoples, Spanish colonizers, roadhouse operators, and real estate developers. Meet at the statue of Juan Bautista de Anza in the northern parking lot where Sunset and Lake Merced Boulevards meet. Free of charge.
    map to: Lake Merced Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Jun 24th, 2017 10:00am (Saturday)
    Lake Merced History Walk - South Side

    This "guns, golf, and grebes" walk will examine Lake Merced's history as a wetland, reservoir, recreational spot, and site of California's most infamous duel. Meet at the "Penguin's Prayer" statue in the parking lot along Lake Merced Boulevard just south of Brotherhood Way on the east side of the lake. Free of charge.
    map to: Lake Merced Boulevard and Brotherhood Way
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Jun 17th, 2017 1:00pm (Saturday)
    Summer of Love History Walk

    It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, so join the Western Neighborhoods Project on a walking tour of significant places from the Summer of Love in 1967.

    Relive the Summer of Love era of hippies, music, protests, and the Haight-Ashbury, with memories of how the summer impacted the western neighborhoods.

    Tickets are $20 for the general public, $10 for WNP members. Each walk is limited to 20 people, so reserve your spot soon. Read more and purchase tickets
    map to:
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Jun 11th, 2017 3:00pm (Sunday) at El Rey Theater
    OpenSFHistory: Ocean Avenue

    Enjoy a lively afternoon of history, music, refreshments, conversation, and conviviality in a landmark location. Using OpenSFHistory images, local experts and neighbors will present stories of the OMI (Ocean View-Merced-Ingelside), Westwood Park, and Mount Davidson Manor neighborhoods---all in the lobby of the old El Rey Theater building. Free of charge, and open to the public as part of the Ocean Avenue Association's Second Sundays.
    map to: El Rey Theater 1970 Ocean Avenue
    more info: http://www.oceanavenueassociation.org

  • Jun 3rd, 2017 1:00pm (Saturday)
    Summer of Love History Walk

    It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, so join the Western Neighborhoods Project on a walking tour of significant places from the Summer of Love in 1967.

    Relive the Summer of Love era of hippies, music, protests, and the Haight-Ashbury, with memories of how the summer impacted the western neighborhoods.

    $20 for general public, $10 for WNP members. Each walk is limited to 20 people, so reserve your spot soon. Read more and purchase tickets
    map to:
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org
    more info: http://outsidelands.org/events/summer-walks.php

  • Jun 1st, 2017 5:00pm (Thursday) at California Academy of Sciences
    OpenSFHistory at CalAcademy NightLife

    Western Neighborhoods Project is teaming up with the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park to do a local history show in CalAcademy's planetarium. Our OpenSFHistory images, narration by Woody LaBounty, and the Academy's amazing 3-D map team will make for an amazing show. Part of the Academy's NightLife Series. $12 for Academy members, $15 for non-members of the Academy. 21+ only and ID required for entry.
    map to: California Academy of Sciences 55 Music Concourse Drive
    more info: http://www.calacademy.org/nightlife

  • May 27th, 2017 1:00pm (Saturday)
    Summer of Love Member Walk

    FULL! It is the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, so join the Western Neighborhoods Project on a walking tour of significant places from the Summer of Love in 1967.

    This walk is free but limited to 20 WNP members and their guests.
    map to:
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org
    more info: http://outsidelands.org/events/summer-walks.php

  • May 20th, 2017 10:00am (Saturday)
    Lake Merced History Walk - South Side

    This "guns, golf, and grebes" walk will examine Lake Merced's history as a wetland, reservoir, recreational spot, and site of California's most infamous duel. Meet at the "Penguin's Prayer" statue in the parking lot along Lake Merced Boulevard just south of Brotherhood Way on the east side of the lake. Free of charge.
    map to: Lake Merced Boulevard and Brotherhood Way
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • May 17th, 2017 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Merced Branch, SFPL
    OpenSFHistory: Lake Merced

    Since the 1850s, Lake Merced and the land around it has been a site of native peoples camps, roadhouses, a famous duel, farms, and recreational activities from skeet shooting to golf to dragon boat racing. Despite encroaching urbanization, watershed changes, fragmentation, and aquifer reduction, the lake remains a unique habitat supporting riparian, dune scrub, and woodland forest natural communities.

    Woody LaBounty will share natural and cultural history of the lake with stories of "guns, golf, and grebes" and images from the OpenSFHistory historical image program .
    map to: Merced Branch, SFPL 155 Winston Drive

  • May 13th, 2017 10:00am (Saturday)
    Lake Merced History Walk - North Side

    Lake Merced is the largest expanse of wetland habitat in San Francisco. Come hear about the natural history of the lake and its use by native peoples, Spanish colonizers, roadhouse operators, and real estate developers. Meet at the statue of Juan Bautista de Anza in the northern parking lot where Sunset and Lake Merced Boulevards meet. Free of charge.
    map to: Lake Merced Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Apr 29th, 2017 8:30am (Saturday)
    Bird-Life History Member Walk

    Students of bird-life have been making field observations in Golden Gate Park as far back as the 1880s, tallying 222 different species. The trove of records provide guidance on where and when we can see their colors and hear their songs. Bird observation also gives us unique insight into the Park's vegetative changes over time, informed by the City's strategies for natural and cultural resources management.

    Brian Turner will lead a WNP Member tour, hosted during the peak of spring migration, visiting quiet places in the eastern part of the Park, where birds and their human followers congregate. We will discuss how our feathered friends can give us a sense of our place in time and how observers can contribute their own historical records in the great garden on the dunes.

    This walk is free, but limited to 30 WNP members and their guests. To become a member, use the Become a Member link at the top of the page. To RSVP, use our contact form or leave a message at the WNP office at 415-661-1000 with the number in your party.
    map to:
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Apr 19th, 2017 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch of San Francisco Public Library
    OpenSFHistory: 1906 Earthquake Shacks

    Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher will present selected OpenSFHistory views of San Francisco's recovery from the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, and tell the story of the Relief Cottage Plan that housed over 16,000 refugees for the Bernal History Project. "Earthquake shacks" were moved out of refugee camps and used as housing throughout the city, including Bernal Heights. WNP saved three of these cottages from demolition in 2006, and David and Woody will give a review of the few dozen that can still be found across the city. Presentation starts at 7 p.m. sharp in the downstairs meeting room at the Bernal branch library (500 Cortland at Anderson); turn left at the bottom of the stairs. Free and open to all.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch of San Francisco Public Library 500 Cortland Street

  • Apr 8th, 2017 7:00pm (Saturday) at A Nelson-built house on 1200 block of 27th Avenue
    WNP Spring Symposium, Fernando Nelson

    SOLD OUT
    (We're going to try to record it...)
    Come to the WNP Spring Symposium for some in-depth San Francisco history talk and conviviality. A trio of our favorite local researchers---Richard Brandi, John Freeman, and Inge Horton---will make up a lively panel for discussion on San Francisco builder Fernando Nelson. Member socializing with beverages and snacks will follow.

    Limited to 20 WNP members. $20 a ticket, and worth it! More info.


    map to: A Nelson-built house on 1200 block of 27th Avenue
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org
    more info: http://outsidelands.org/symposium/

  • Mar 28th, 2017 7:30pm (Tuesday) at St. Philips Church
    OpenSFHistory: Noe Valley to Diamond Heights

    Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher (and possible surprise guests) will present selected views from the OpenSFHistory historical photo collection of today’s Noe Valley and Diamond Heights neighborhoods, and share the stories behind the snapshots.

    Highlights include the area’s agricultural and architectural past, stunning natural landscapes, and the early origins of the 24th Street, Church Street, and Outer Mission Street commercial corridors.
    map to: St. Philips Church 725 Diamond Street
    Contact: Kit Haskell kit@sanfranciscohistory.org
    more info: http://sanfranciscohistory.org

  • Mar 18th, 2017 11:00am (Saturday)
    Presidio Parade Grounds Member Walk

    SOLD OUT Join local historian John Martini on an easy stroll amid the stately architecture of the Main Post. On this one-mile walk you will see the newly renovated Presidio Officers Club and Heritage Center, the Inn at the Presidio, the San Francisco Film Institute, the new Park Service Visitor Center, and the future site of the New Presidio Parklands Project---while learning about the area's intriguing history from Spanish colonial settlers to 1906 earthquake refugees to Cold War jitters.

    This walk is free but limited to 30 WNP members and their guests. To become a member use the Become a Member link at the top of the page. To RSVP, use our contact form or leave a message at the WNP office at 415-661-1000 with the number in your party.
    map to:
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org

  • Mar 8th, 2017 7:30pm (Wednesday) at Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
    Local History in Your Ear

    Join us at Shaping San Francisco in the Mission District (the folks behind Foundsf.org) Podcasts are shaping the presentation of history through audio delivery. Hosts of several local series tell us why they chose this new technology to delve into the past and how they gauge success. Hear clips of each program in a special podcast challenge! With David Gallagher and Woody LaBounty (The Western Neighborhoods Project Outside Lands San Francisco), Liam O'Donoghue (East Bay Yesterday), and others TBA.
    map to: Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics 518 Valencia Street
    more info: http://shapingsf.org/public-talks/index.html

  • Mar 5th, 2017 11:00am (Sunday) at The Old Mint
    San Francisco History Days

    Last year, more than 6,500 visitors came to the free San Francisco History Days at the Old Mint. On the weekend of March 4-5, 2017, dozens of organizations will once again celebrate and tell the stories of San Francisco's past.

    Join community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, reenactors, and other history enthusiasts for "History in Action" at this free open house in the historic Old Mint.
    map to: The Old Mint 88 5th Street
    Contact: LisaRuth Elliott participate@sfhistorydays.org
    more info: http://sfhistorydays.org

  • Mar 4th, 2017 11:00am (Saturday) at The Old Mint
    San Francisco History Days

    Last year, more than 6,500 visitors came to the free San Francisco History Days at the Old Mint. On the weekend of March 4-5, 2017, dozens of organizations will once again celebrate and tell the stories of San Francisco's past.

    Join community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, reenactors, and other history enthusiasts for "History in Action" at this free open house in the historic Old Mint.
    map to: The Old Mint 88 5th Street
    Contact: LisaRuth Elliott participate@sfhistorydays.org
    more info: http://sfhistorydays.org

  • Feb 12th, 2017 3:00pm (Sunday) at Canessa Gallery
    OpenSFHistory: North Beach & Telegraph Hill

    SOLD OUT - See historical images from North Beach and Telegraph Hill and hear the stories behind the photos from history folk and local experts. WNP will team up with Canessa Gallery and the Telegraph Hill Dwellers for a lively afternoon of history, refreshments, conversation, and conviviality in a landmark location.
    map to: Canessa Gallery 708 Montgomery Street
    Contact: woody@outsidelands.org
    more info: http://outsidelands.org/events/021217.php

  • Jan 26th, 2017 6:00pm (Thursday) at Finnegans Wake
    OpenSFHistory Hangout Night

    It‘s time for the first OpenSFHistory Hangout of 2017! Join us at Finnegan‘s Wake in Cole Valley for a no-host, post-work unwind with like-minded people. History aficionados, preservationists, museum professionals, librarians, artists, scientists, and every other kind of nerd is welcome.

    Since we are historians, we‘ll give you a little history of our location and provide a super fun activity using images from OpenSFHistory. (Psst: the activity will include a prize!)

    Tell your coworkers, bring your friends, prepare to have all kinds of fun in a bar named for a ballad, at this hangout powered by Western Neighborhoods Project.

    Queries or comments, email nicole@outsidelands.org.
    map to: Finnegans Wake 937 Cole Street
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org

  • Jan 25th, 2017 6:00pm (Wednesday) at Hobart Building
    OpenSFHistory: Downtown

    As part of SF Heritage's semi-annual meeting, Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher will present select historical views of downtown and San Francisco legacy businesses from the OpenSFHistory program.

    Admission is free for Heritage members, and $10 for non-members. Space is limited, so RSVP to Terri Le (tle@sfheritage.org) or 415-441-3000, ext. 22.
    map to: Hobart Building 582 Market Street
    Contact: Terri Le tle@sfheritage.org
    more info: http://www.sfheritage.org

  • Nov 5th, 2016 7:00pm (Saturday) at 3 Fish Studios
    Winter Symposium: 150 Years of the Outside Lands -Sold Out

    Sold Out! Join Arnold Woods, Woody LaBounty, and Presidio Trust historian Barbara Berglund for the WNP Winter Symposium. The evening will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Outside Lands Act, a legal statute that added the land of the western neighborhoods to the City of San Francisco. A presentation on the Act and a panel discussion will be followed by beverage time and socializing.

    This event is limited to 20 WNP members. To become a member use the "Become a Member" link at the top of the page.


    map to: 3 Fish Studios 4541 Irving Street
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org
    more info: SOLD OUT

  • Oct 15th, 2016 11:00am (Saturday)
    Sunnyside History Member Walk

    Join Amy O`Hair of the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project on a stroll back in time to rediscover the forgotten histories of Sunnyside during the early years. Find out where the Creek once ran, where the massive coal-fired power plant once stood, how the Conservatory was built, and hear stories of some of the first families to move to this new neighborhood. Includes exclusive oral history and photos that are available nowhere else. About 2 hours, with two stairways and a moderate hill.

    This walk is free but limited to 20 WNP members and their guests. To become a member use the "Become a Member" link at the top of the page. To RSVP, use our contact form or leave a message at the WNP office at 415-661-1000 with the number in your party.
    map to:
    Contact: David Gallagher david@outsidelands.org

  • Oct 9th, 2016 2:00pm (Sunday)
    Westwood Park History Walk

    Woody LaBounty will lead a history walk of Westwood Park during the Second Sundays on Ocean Avenue street fair. Meet at the Ingleside Branch Library garden, across from Ocean Avenue gate. Check the Ocean Avenue Association website for more details.
    map to:
    more info: http://oceanavenueassociation.org/events/detail/646/26

  • Oct 1st, 2016 11:00am (Saturday) at Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center
    Pomeroy Pioneer Day

    Pomeroy Pioneer Day celebrates "Wild Wild West San Francisco". Hosted by the Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center, this rustic event promises good old fashioned family fun benefitting folks with developmental disabilities. Games, crafts, food, livestock, music & dance all promoting the Western lifestyle. The Western Neighborhoods Project will be on hand with your daily dose of history.
    map to: Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center 207 Skyline Boulevard
    Contact: events@prrcsf.org
    more info: http://www.prrcsf.org/special-events

  • Oct 1st, 2016 11:00am (Saturday) at Unity Plaza
    Ocean Avenue History Stairscape Unveiling

    See historic images from Ocean Avenue in the dedication of the new Unity Plaza, just west of the Phelan loop/City College Transit Terminal. Ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 am; family-friendly activities from 12-3pm! More history on the OMI neighborhoods can be found here: I am OMI
    map to: Unity Plaza

  • Oct 1st, 2016 12:00am (Saturday) at Unity Plaza
    Ocean Avenue History Stairscape Unveiling

    See historic images from Ocean Avenue in the dedication of the new Unity Plaza, just west of the Phelan loop/City College Transit Terminal. Ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 am; family-friendly activities from 12-3pm! More history on the OMI neighborhoods can be found here: I am OMI
    map to: Unity Plaza

  • Sep 24th, 2016 7:00pm (Saturday) at Balboa Theatre
    Streetcar San Francisco Movie Night

    Streetcar San Francisco: Transit Tales of the City in Motion---The fourth annual WNP movie night at the Balboa Theatre will feature archival footage, new and original short films, highlights from the OpenSFHistory collection, and other historically-inspired surprises around the theme of San Francisco public and private transit.

    Narrated with zest by your genial hosts, Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher.

    Plus trivia and prizes!
    Program begins at 7:00 p.m.
    This show will sell out, please get your tickets early!

    More info: Streetcar San Francisco: Tales Tales of the City in Motion
    map to: Balboa Theatre 3830 Balboa Street
    Contact: David Gallagher david@outsidelands.org

  • Sep 17th, 2016 11:00am (Saturday) at Aptos Middle School
    Aptos Middle Schoolyard Kick-Off Celebration

    Join the Shared Schoolyard Project and Supervisor Mark Farrell at Aptos Middle School on Saturday, September 17 from 11am-1pm for an exciting kick-off event marking the grand re-opening of the schoolyard for the public to use on weekends. The event will include games and activities for the whole neighborhood, free lunch, and a ribbon cutting ceremony. Plus, local history from the Western Neighborhoods Project!
    map to: Aptos Middle School 105 Aptos Avenue
    more info: http://www.sfsharedschoolyard.org/kickoff_aptos

  • Sep 10th, 2016 1:00pm (Saturday)
    Lands End Member Walk

    Join historian and author John Martini on a two hour exploration of Lands End and the changes made to this landscape by visionary Adolph Sutro. The round trip walking tour will include Point Lobos, the Golden Gate and Shipwreck overlooks, the USS San Francisco Memorial, the vanished Ocean Terrace neighborhood, and Sutro Heights. Please note that this walk includes some moderate hills.

    This walk is free but limited to 30 WNP members and their guests. To become a member use the "Become a Member" link at the top of the page. To RSVP, use our contact form or leave a message at the WNP office at 415-661-1000 with the number in your party.
    map to:
    Contact: David Gallagher david@outsidelands.org

  • Aug 6th, 2016 3:30pm (Saturday) at St. Aidens Episcopal Church
    The History of Diamond Heights

    WNP board member Richard Brandi will give a presentation on Diamond Heights, San Francisco's largest urban redevelopment project with perhaps the best collection of mid-twentieth-century architecture in the city, for the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project.

    See the GPNHP website for more info: http://glenparkhistory.wix.com/
    map to: St. Aidens Episcopal Church 101 Gold Mine Drive
    Contact: Evelyn Rose glenparkhistory@gmail.com
    more info: http://glenparkhistory.wix.com/glenparkhistory#!events/c1k9r

  • Jul 20th, 2016 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Balboa Theatre
    Streetcar San Francisco Movie Night

    Streetcar San Francisco: Transit Tales of the City in Motion---The fourth annual WNP movie night at the Balboa Theatre will feature archival footage, new and original short films, highlights from the OpenSFHistory collection, and other historically-inspired surprises around the theme of San Francisco public and private transit.

    Narrated with zest by your genial hosts, Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher.

    Plus trivia and prizes!
    Program begins at 7:00 p.m.
    This show will sell out, please get your tickets early!

    More info: Streetcar San Francisco: Tales Tales of the City in Motion


    map to: Balboa Theatre 3830 Balboa Street
    Contact: David Gallagher david@outsidelands.org
    more info: http://www.outsidelands.org/streetcarSF.php