Western Neighborhoods Project shares local history at events for community organizations, clubs, businesses, schools, and fairs. We also host our own events, including special walks and symposiums exclusively for WNP members.
Contact us to bring some San Francisco history to your next gathering.
Curious about your house? Join former Western Neighborhoods Project Board Member and historic preservation consultant Richard Brandi on Thursday, April 22 at 6:00pm for a how-to tutorial where you'll learn the tricks to searching records that may shed light on the history of your house.
How old is your home, who built it, did someone famous live there? These questions can be answered and Richard will show you how. This is a technical presentation highlighting various databases and archives sources accessible to the public. 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 Zoom event is free but pre-registration is required.
A Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration. If you don't receive it immediately, please let us know.
Be part of our live "studio" audience at our weekly podcast recording! Join the podcast crew, Nicole Meldahl and the rest for this exclusive behind-the-scenes session with added visual content, outtakes, and access to the after party.
This week we'll be talking about one of the west side's oldest parks, McCoppin Square. Large parts of Golden Gate Park were given over to tents, barracks, hospitals, and food distribution centers.
This event is an exclusive benefit for WNP Members. Not a member yet? Join at the link and claim your spot backstage!
Nicole Meldahl reads classic and history-theme children’s stories live on Saturday mornings. Fun for kids of all ages, even if you’re just a kid at heart. This month we’re reading a a book by one of our favorite local authors: “Golden Gate Park: An A to Z Adventure,” by Marta Lindsey, illustrated by Michael Wertz. It’s the perfect story to celebrate Spring!
This event is free but pre-registration is required to be “in the room” with Miss Nicole. Never fear if you can’t decide before the event is live, however, because it will also be live-streamed via Zoom through the WNP Facebook page.
We're hosting the first of two Community Open Houses to celebrate "Chinese in the Richmond," a collaborative project between Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) and the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) that seeks to illuminate the lives of Chinese Americans on the west side.
Join us from 11:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday, April 24th in real life at the WNP office at 1617 Balboa Street near 17th avenue in the Richmond District to learn about "Chinese in the Richmond,", see a pop-up sidewalk exhibition of CHSA's prior project, "Chinese in the Sunset," and chat with project staff. Most importantly, we want to capture and preserve your history at this Open House. Bring photographs, mementos, and other ephemera to share and WNP will scan them within 60 days, returning your family treasures with a copy of the scans. We can't wait to hear your stories!
We are not able to welcome visitors inside the WNP office at this time, and all Open House attendees are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing with people from other households.
This event is made possible by California Humanities through a "Humanities for All" Project grant. The event is free but RSVP is appreciated so we know how many of you we'll see on Saturday.
Over 400 of you donated to help us save art and artifacts from the Cliff House auction on March 11-12 and we did it! Just shy of 60 items were purchased, ranging from a small lot of 1870s photographs depicting the Sutro Baths area to the iconic Whitney family Totem Pole, and will be part of the Western Neighborhoods Project collection now.
Since you helped us save them, you'll have a voice in our short-term and long-term plans to make them accessible to the public once again. Join us on Thursday, May 20th at 6:00pm for the second Community Listening Session that will inform how and where we are able to share the Cliff House experience for generations to come. Hear what the Dream Team of Alexandra Mitchell, ACT Art Conservation, John Lindsey, The Great Highway gallery, and our own Nicole Meldahl have been working on since the auction closed, learn how you can support Phase 2 of this endeavor, and bring your own ideas to share!
This free event will be hosted via Zoom and pre-registration is required. If you do not receive a confirmation email when you register, please contact us.
The Outside Lands are home to many residence parks, developments with detached houses, picturesque streets, and landscaping that convey the feeling of living in a park. Luckily for us, this type of development seen in St. Francis Wood, Forest Hill and Sea Cliff is the specialty of former Western Neighborhoods Project board member and historic preservation consultant Richard Brandi, who has written the forthcoming book “Garden Neighborhoods of San Francisco: The Development of Residence Parks, 1905-1924.
Join Brandi on June 5, 2021 at 10:00 am for a Zoom walking talk that covers four ambitious projects never built: Lake Merced, Visitation Valley, Bayshore, and Presidio Gardens (the Marina).
This event is free but donations are appreciated and you must register in advance to receive a Zoom link. Please let us know if you don’t receive a confirmation email after you’ve completed registration.