Expo To Showcase The History Of San Francisco

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Destruction around Union Square.  The tall steel skeleton left of center is the Whittell Building - then known as the Union League Building. It was under construction at the time of the earthquake, later finished, and still standing on Geary Street.  The Butler Building at right, also under construction at the time of the quake, had walls peel away during the quake, killing several people. The building later became I. Magnin's, and its windows shattered during the 1989 earthquake. Several people on the street were injured by falling glass. The Butler Building is now part of Macy's. (sfmuseum.org)

Destruction around Union Square. The tall steel skeleton left of center is the Whittell Building – then known as the Union League Building. It was under construction at the time of the earthquake, later finished, and still standing on Geary Street. The Butler Building at right, also under construction at the time of the quake, had walls peel away during the quake, killing several people. The building later became I. Magnin’s, and its windows shattered during the 1989 earthquake. Several people on the street were injured by falling glass. The Butler Building is now part of Macy’s. (sfmuseum.org)

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Next weekend, a first of its kind expo will be showcasing the history of San Francisco.

More than two dozen historical societies and associations will be coming together for the first ever San Francisco History Expo.

“There will be historical films and historical photographs. Each of the entities is going to bring in artifacts, books that members have written and published about different parts of San Francisco,” said Kurt Nystrom with the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. “There’s going to be art exhibits, we’re going to have paintings.”

KCBS’ Melissa Culross Reports:

Participating organizations include the Presidio Historical Association, the San Francisco Media Archive, Visitacion Valley History Project and California History Society, just to name a few.

“Everybody’s going to have a mini-museum in the different rooms of the Mint,” said Nystrom. “And it’s to bring together all these incredible resources that exist, but probably most of the public don’t know exist.”

The public will also be able to record their own personal histories, which then will be archived on the internet.

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