Past Events
  • Jul 16th, 2014 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    After two presentations back-to-back, this month's meeting will be a general show-and-tell get-together. Bring your photos, stories, and artifacts and we'll talk!
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Andover)

  • Jun 18th, 2014 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Don Holmgren and Jose Godoy on “From the Heart of the Mission to the Ocean: The Ill-Fated Ocean Shore Railroad”

    The San Francisco Cable Car Museum's director Don Holmgren and general manager Jose Godoy will present a program that describes the Ocean Shore Railroad's operations in San Francisco, starting at its seedy depot at 12th and Mission Streets, and continuing through the southeastern part of the City -- including Bernal Heights -- to the coast. The program will also deal with the remarkable discovery and acquisition of the body of Ocean Shore coach number 1409 and the ongoing effort to restore it.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Andover)

  • May 21st, 2014 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Ruth Orta and Mona Garibay on

    Wondering about the original residents of Bernal Heights and the Mission? Ruth Orta and her daughter, Ramona Garibay, are descendants of the Ohlone/Bay Miwok native people of the San Francisco Bay Area,hunter-gatherers who lived here for thousands of years before the Spanish missionaries arrived. Ruth and Mona will share stories of their heritage and customs and explain how they are working to preserve traditional Ohlone ways. They will discuss what daily life was like for male and female residents of a typical Ohlone village, including building dwellings from tule and willow branches, making brushes out of soaproot, and gathering and grinding acorns to make soup. They will also talk about how they are invited as the “most likely descendants” when Native remains are unearthed at construction or archeological sites, to ensure that their ancestors receive respectful reburials.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Andover)

    RECAP - Thank you to all who attended the very informative discussion panel. Ramona and Ruth were joined by Dr. Nancy Olsen, who teaches cultural anthropology at De Anza College, and by Bernal's own Rick Shelton, a member of the Choctaw Nation and an active participant in Bay Area Native American ceremonies.
  • Apr 16th, 2014 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    One of our more informal get-togethers. We'll talk about the things we learned about Bernal at the History Expo at the Old Mint; share stories and photos; and catch up on local historical news.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Andover)

    RECAP - We had a fun show-and-tell this week. We talked about earthquake shacks following Carl Nolte's recent Chronicle article, which talked about 48 Cortland and a bunch of others. Diva D. passed around a pair of Victorian boots she found in the wall of her Gates Street home: one a woman’s and one a child's. We all marveled at the intricate leatherwork. Vicky W. shared some St. Luke's School of Nursing yearbooks from the 1960s and 1970s – might some Bernal residents be celebrated in their pages? And Chris A. brought her grandfather's 1906 memoir, in which he talks about life South of the Slot. We also discussed some as yet unconfirmed rumors – has anyone else heard about the "house of ill repute" at Rutledge and Alabama streets during World War II? And was there a chicken hatchery at 256 Mullen?
  • Mar 19th, 2014 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    We'll be sharing the new Bernal stories and photos we gained after the History Expo at the Mint, which was huge fun. We've met fifth-generation Bernal residents, which is awesome! Come along and hear what we got up to -- and bring stories and photos to share.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Andover)

  • Feb 19th, 2014 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    We'll be talking about the upcoming fourth annual San Francisco History Expo at the Old Mint, at which we'll be one of dozens of local history groups and societies sharing photos, anecdotes, and memories. Do you have time to spare to volunteer at the BHP table at the Mint? Do you have stories to donate to our Donate a Memory folder? We'd love to hear from you.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Andover)

  • Jan 15th, 2014 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Glenn Lym on The Topography of Bernal Heights and the Mission

    Architect and architectural historian Glenn Lym will show the 3D map he has created of Bernal Heights and the Mission flats and talk about how the topography of the neighborhood has changed since the 1852-3 U.S. Coastal Survey. (Hint: More wetlands and creeks. Bayshore was called Bayshore for a reason!)
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Andover)

    RECAP - Wow! We had a full house for a really interesting presentation. Bernalwood did a great recap in "What You Missed When You Missed Glenn Lym's Talk About the Lost Geology of Bernal Heights."
  • Nov 20th, 2013 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting -- last one of 2013

    Our last get-together of the year. Share your stories and bring your photos and research questions!
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Andover)

  • Oct 16th, 2013 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    Come one, come all to our latest get-together at the library. Maybe you've recently discovered some family history in Bernal, or you want to find out how we can help you with research. We love show-and-tell, too!
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

  • Sep 18th, 2013 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    This month we'll be talking about Candlestick Park farewell tours, the Mission Blue Cafe, some interesting history-related events in nearby neighborhoods, and whatever else we've learned about Bernal history in the last month. Come one, come all!
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

    RECAP - Sara L., who grew up at 225 Montcalm and worked at the Silver Crest Diner on Bayshore in her youth, was our special surprise guest this evening. She was visiting family -- she lives in Las Vegas now! -- and came to the meeting with photos and stories galore. Gav Shelton offered to talk to the pastor of the Pentecostal church on Cortland about a possible historical movie presentation (the building used to be the Cortland/Capri Theatre). Later that week, he and Vicky Walker of BHP got a guided tour of the church's interior.
  • Aug 21st, 2013 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    Back at the library after last month's Lego Night bumped us to the Lucky Horseshoe. Bring stories, photos, and Bernal-related artifacts to share!
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

  • May 15th, 2013 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    Another show-and-tell get-together this month. Bring your photos, stories, and research to share!
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

    RECAP - This month's meeting featured a presentation by Historypin's Kerri Young on "Year of the Bay." We looked at a bunch of historical photos of San Francisco, including several of Bernal and Glen Park, and enjoyed zooming in and out of various eras thanks to Historypin's ingenious site tools. We'll continue to gather photos to post to our channel on the site -- sign up and see them there at Year of the Bay on Historypin.
  • Apr 17th, 2013 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    "Earthquake Refugee Shacks of San Francisco": Free slideshow and talk by Woody LaBounty

    Bernal Heights is home to many refugee shacks and cottages that survived their temporary shelter status after the 1906 earthquake and fire. Woody LaBounty of the Western Neighborhoods Project, a longtime advocate for saving the city's shacks, will host a free slideshow and talk that shows where Bernal shacks survive -- some of them hidden and converted, others standing small and proud. Arrive early -- the presentation begins promptly at 7 p.m. and the meeting room gets very crowded! Turn left at the bottom of the stairs.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

  • Mar 20th, 2013 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    A regular get-together at the library this month. We'll be talking about the lovely people we met at the S.F. History Expo who shared their stories and photos (including a gentleman who lived at 48 Cortland fifty years before BHP's Vicky Walker did!)and reporting back on oral history interviews we've recently scheduled. Come and join us for a chat -- it's free!
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

  • Mar 2nd, 2013 11:00am (Saturday) at Old San Francisco Mint
    Third Annual San Francisco History Expo

    Bernal History Project will be among the 40 or so local history groups in attendance at the History Expo at the Old Mint (Fifth and Mission streets) on March 2 and 3. You can tour the vaults and rooms of the Mint for free as well as seeing all the treasures we and other groups will have on display, including maps, historical photos, and found objects! Come along and Donate a Memory to the BHP, tell your stories, or see whether we can help you research your home. Mint/History Expo hours: Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, March 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. And did we mention that it's FREE? Yay!
    map to: Old San Francisco Mint 88 Fifth Street (at Mission)
    more info: http://www.sfhistoryexpo.org/

  • Feb 20th, 2013 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    We're prepping for the third annual San Francisco History Expo! We'll also be talking about the recent Flickr Bernal Heights Photo Walk, which took in some historical sights, and about upcoming presentations from Glenn Lym and Woody LaBounty. Come along with your Bernal photos and stories for show-and-tell -- the meeting is always free and open to everyone!
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

  • Jan 16th, 2013 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    A happy and historical New Year to everyone! We'll be gearing up for the third annual San Francisco History Expo and talking about our latest discoveries.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

    RECAP - Wow, this was a fun meeting. Tony and Jonathan, new owners of the Hillside Supper Club at 300 Precita, came along to talk about their plans and the history of the building. Ben Valdez, whose family lived at 288 Precita (the SLA house), had some details to share with them. Mark Schwery, whose Clerico family lived on Jarboe, talked about the church on Nevada Street being moved, and about the history of San Francisco breweries (some of which were on Army Street). And new Bernal neighbor Hannah Levinson is making a documentary about interesting Bernalians, so we talked about some of our favorite characters.
  • Oct 17th, 2012 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    "On Location: the Golden Gate Bridge on the Silver Screen"

    This month's BHP meeting is replaced by a special event cosponsored by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Bernal History Project, and Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema.

    The Golden Gate Bridge has starred in more movies than any other American architectural icon. From Stranded (1935) to The Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), the iconic span appears in a range of films including Superman, Star Trek, Time After Time, It Came from Beneath the Sea, Love Bug, A View to a Kill, Monsters vs. Aliens, Interview with a Vampire, and X-Men.

    In honor of its 75th anniversary, Jim Van Buskirk, author of Celluloid San Francisco (and former SFPL librarian), offers a clip-filled program of hilariously horrifying depictions of San Francisco's beloved bridge.


    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)
    more info: http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1011137001

  • Sep 19th, 2012 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    Another in-betweener of a meeting. We'll be talking about our plans for Fiesta, the Elsie Street Block Party, and next month's presentation. That doesn't mean you shouldn't bring stories and photos to share!
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

  • Aug 15th, 2012 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    One-man Precita historian Ben Valdez has promised to bring even more photos and stories this week. We'll also talk about the upcoming Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema series and whatever anyone else wants to discuss, Bernal history-wise.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

  • Jul 18th, 2012 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    Last month's meeting was a lot of fun. Ben Valdez brought tons of photos and stories (his family lived in the SLA hideout house on Precita before the Harrises); Lisa Morehouse talked about oral histories and radio journalism; and Michael Nolan of the Elsie Street Neighbors shared information on how to research the history of your block. Come to the library and bring your stories and photos!
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

    RECAP - Possibly the most fun meeting we've had in ages. Ben Valdez brought his parents, Juan and Dolores, to do a live and in-person show-and-tell presentation about life at 288 Precita (before the SLA Harrises lived there). Ben then showed us bits of "The Ordeal of Patty Hearst," the 1979 movie filmed in and around Precita Park and in the house itself! We also got to see a Streets of San Francisco episode where the characters met in St. Anthony's Church before the fire, as well as 1940s footage of a streetcar plowing up and down Richland Avenue between Mission and Andover, and 1970s home movie excerpt of the Elsie Street reservoir-keeper's cottage being demolished. Jon from Historypin gave us a short presentation on how the site merges old and new photos to create an ever-changing public archive. (Want to help share photos for posterity? Come to our meetings or email us for details.)
  • Jun 20th, 2012 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting


    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

  • May 16th, 2012 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    It was lovely to meet so many Bernal residents past and present at the second annual History Expo at the Old Mint. We hope some of you will share the great stories you told us that weekend -- including the rumor about who really burned down St. Anthony's Church! This month's meeting is a general get-together. We'll be figuring out the logistics of our Adopt a Bernal Block program, as exemplified by the work of Michael Nolan and the Elsie Street Neighbors, who've researched all the homes on their block and tracked all the residents. We hope they'll share their recent presentation for the California Genealogical Society with us sometime later this year. We'll also be discussing our oral history program, which has been dormant for a while. We have a good-sized list of people who have kindly agreed to be interviewed for posterity, but we need volunteers to record and ask the questions. If you're interested in taking part on either side of the microphone or videocamera, let us know.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

  • Apr 18th, 2012 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting


    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

  • Mar 21st, 2012 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    We'll be talking about how much fun the second annual History Expo was, and hope to share footage of the Bernal branding! We were thrilled to meet so many new Bernal folks at the Mint. We will also be remembering Rose Cliver, 109, who passed away last month. Rose lived on Gates Street at the time of the 1906 earthquake and fire and remembered seeing the flames from the top of Bernal hill. We were hoping to host her at this year's earthquake commemoration celebrations at Lotta's Fountain on April 18, but it was not to be. We hope some of her family will be able to attend and pay tribute, though.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

  • Mar 17th, 2012 11:30am (Saturday) at Bernal Hill
    Bernal Heights Wildflower Walk

    Terry Milne of Bernal History Project leads a free tour of some of Bernal's native plant life. Meet at 11:30 a.m. sharp at the corner of Ellsworth Street and Bernal Heights Boulevard. Warning: Some steep hillwalking will be required.
    map to: Bernal Hill Ellsworth (at Bernal Heights Boulevard)

  • Mar 3rd, 2012 11:00am (Saturday) at The Old Mint
    San Francisco History Expo

    Bernal History Project will be one of nearly three dozen neighborhood and other historical organizations to have artifacts and historic photographs on display. There'll be special presentations in the vault, and BHP member Richard Everett has promised to bring a cow hide and replica Bernal family cattle brand to a live branding ceremony in the Mint courtyard! Admission is free to all. The History Expo runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 3 and 4 March.
    map to: The Old Mint 88 Fifth Street (at Mission)
    more info: http://www.sfhistoryexpo.org

  • Feb 15th, 2012 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    We're finalizing our volunteer plans for the second annual History Expo at the Old Mint on March 2-4 -- if you want to help out, please come to this meeting!
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

  • Jan 18th, 2012 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    Time to talk about the second annual History Expo at the Old Mint -- as well as catch up on Bernal-related research!
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

    RECAP - If you didn't make it to this meeting, you missed one of the greatest show-and-tell moments in the history of BHP! Richard Everett of the S.F. Maritime Museum, which has a new exhibit about the waterfront, brought a cow hide and a modern branding iron bearing the Bernal family's brand (see Bernalwood's post on the subject for more information: http://bernalwood.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/our-secret-sign-the-bernal-familys-cattle-brand/). We briefly considered offering to brand Bernal folks at the History Expo next month ...
  • Nov 16th, 2011 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    Our last get-together of the year will be a low-key gathering at the library. Share your research or photos or come tell us your stories.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

  • Oct 19th, 2011 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    The Theaters of Mission Street and the Trolleys That Took Us There

    During the golden years of moviegoing in the first half of the 20th century, just about everybody went at least once a week. Ten thousand people a day went to the movies in San Francisco on Mission Street alone. Most of the theatres are gone now, or, worse yet, sitting vacant and abandoned as sad reminders of what once was, but will never be again. But a couple of them have been in business for more than a century and continue to survive and, let us hope, prosper. Transit and movie theatre historian Jack Tillmany's presentation offers a guided tour of just about all of them, from 16th Street through the Mission and Bernal Heights to Daly City, in black and white and in color, along with the many streetcar lines that provided transportation on San Francisco's longest thoroughfare. Best of all, the presentation is free -- and all attendees will receive a free, authentic souvenir of the streetcar era!
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

  • Sep 21st, 2011 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    This month's meeting is a catch-up and get-together. As always, it is free and open to all. Feel free to join us and share your photos, stories, and questions.

    BHP sends a big thank you to Leslie Lombre, Anne Batmale, and the many volunteers at the Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema, which was a big success a couple of weekends ago. The opening night of the festival at the Old Clam House was a benefit for BHP, which means we'll be able to invest more funds in our ongoing research.

    On Wednesday, we'll also be talking about the free Elsie Street Block Party, which takes place on the 200 block of Elsie (between Cortland and Eugenia) on Saturday, September 24, between 11 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. Come and meet your neighbors, be a tasting judge in the annual bake-off, and enjoy a performance and class by the Duniya Bhangra-Bollyhood dancers at 12:15. BHP will be there with photos and scrapbooks.


    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

  • Aug 17th, 2011 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights branch library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting


    map to: Bernal Heights branch library 500 Cortland (at Andover)

  • Jul 20th, 2011 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights branch library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting


    map to: Bernal Heights branch library 500 Cortland (at Andover)

    RECAP - BHP received the Walter G. Jebe Sr. Neighborhood Award by the San Francisco History Association at its annual Awards Dinner at the Double Play. The award is presented each year to a person or organization for focusing on local neighborhood history or to an ongoing project to educate and enlighten the residents of an area of the city. We also discussed the upcoming season of Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema, which opens on August 31 at the Old Clam House on Bayshore.
  • Jul 13th, 2011 6:00pm (Wednesday) at Red Hill Books
    Ten Years That Shook the City: Peter Wiley, Chris Carlsson, Deborah Gerson, Alejandro Murguia

    Chris Carlsson, the City Lights Foundation, and Bernal History Project present Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978, a collection of first-person and historical essays spanning the tumultuous decade from 1968, the year of the San Francisco State University strike, to 1978 and the twin traumas of the Jonestown massacre and the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. At this free event, Bernal Hill residents Deborah Gerson ("Making Sexism Visible: Private Troubles Made Public") and Peter Wiley ("Where Did All the Flowers Go? The View from the Street in Bernal Heights") will read from their essays in this book, along with Alejandro Murguia ("Poetry and Solidarity in the Mission," which includes his account of Sandinistas training on Bernal Heights before returning to Nicaragua in 1977-'78 to overthrow dictator Somoza), Steve Rees ("Up Against the Bulkhead" a photo essay of GI antiwar organizing), and editor and Hill neighbor Chris Carlsson ("Ecology Emerges") to present some of the diverse and overlapping histories that shook 1970s San Francisco and continue to shape it today.
    map to: Red Hill Books 401 Cortland (at Bennington)
    more info: http://www.shapingsf.org/Ten_Years_calendar.html

  • Jun 15th, 2011 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Beginnings of Bernal Heights Public Transit

    Transit and theater historian Jack Tillmany presents a free slideshow and talk. Bernal Heights residents got their first taste of public transportation more than a century ago when streetcar tracks were laid down the middle of Cortland Avenue, and United Railroads trolley line #24 (Cortland/Divisadero/Richmond) linked three San Francisco neighborhoods. Soon afterwards line number 23 (Richland/Valencia/Fillmore) completed the picture. Explore the roots of today's 24 & 23 lines during the first forty years when trolleys ran on tracks and the 9 line caused no end of confusion by running on Cortland and Richland at the same time.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Andover)

  • May 18th, 2011 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meetnig

    Just a catch-up meeting. We'll talk about latest acquisitions and historical Bernal news.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Andover)

  • Apr 20th, 2011 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting


    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Andover)

  • Mar 16th, 2011 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Burrito Justice: Bernal Meets La Lengua

    Johnny, Burrito Justice's cartographer and historian of Bernal Heights, La Lengua, and the Mission and its various microhoods, will give a presentation and talk on the subject of ... well, we don't know yet. He'll probably show some very interesting old maps and some then-and-now photos. More news as we get it!
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Andover)
    more info: http://burritojustice.com/

  • Feb 16th, 2011 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project Presentation: How to Research a San Francisco Building

    Bernal Heights Branch Library, the San Francisco History Center, and Bernal History Project present: How to Research a San Francisco Building. Want to know who lived in your home before you did, and how old it is? Looking for historic photos of your street? San Francisco History Center staff will present an introduction to researching the history of a San Francisco house or commercial building and will provide an overview of print and online resources to help answer questions like these. All programs at the library are free and supported by the Friends of the SFPL.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland Avenue (at Andover)

  • Feb 12th, 2011 11:00am (Saturday) at San Francisco Mint
    San Francisco History Expo

    More than 20 San Francisco neighborhood historical associations including Bernal History Project, the Potrero Hill Archives Project, the Western Neighborhoods Project, and the Prelinger Library and Archives are meeting for two days to display artifacts, archival photos, and other memorabilia at the Old Mint for the San Francisco History Expo. Admission is free! This is your opportunity to see the inside of the historic Mint building, which is very rarely open to the public. There will also be presentations, performances, and historical films. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
    map to: San Francisco Mint 88 Fifth Street (at Mission)
    more info: http://www.sfhistory.org/index.php?pageid=20#expo

  • Jan 19th, 2011 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    Come to our first meeting of 2011 and donate a memory or two of life in Bernal. We will also be saying goodbye to the Bernal library's head librarian, Lisa Dunseth, who is taking up a new post at the San Francisco History Center at the Main Library.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Andover)

  • Nov 17th, 2010 7:00pm (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    We got rained out at this year's Fiesta, so this will be your last chance to drop by and talk to us this year. (We'll be back at the library on January 19, 2011.) We meet at the Bernal branch library, 500 Cortland (at Andover), at 7 p.m. in the new meeting room (turn left at the bottom of the stairs). As always, the meeting is free and open to all.

    Recent news:

    1. Michael Nolan of Elsie Street took his neighbor, Bernice Menasco van Eckhardt, back to the penthouse apartment atop the Phelan Building downtown, where she and her husband lived for more than 25 years. (She now lives in a historic farmhouse at the corner of Elsie and Cortland.) We hope to interview Bernice soon.

    2. Robin David was given a DVD that celebrates a lifelong Bernal resident at another historic farmhouse, this one at the corner of Nevada and Jarboe. We hope to be able to show this at Wednesday's meeting, or a later date.

    3. Help with our Donate a Memory project: We are working on a collection of stories from the neighborhood, and we are extremely interested in hearing about some of your most vivid memories and experiences living or working in Bernal Heights. We plan to accumulate and preserve these stories for future generations. They can be from last week, or from your earliest memories.

    Here's one from John Rubino, who grew up at 207 Banks before World War II: "Mama and Papa would buy fish from Mr. Frank's Fish Shop on Cortland. Mr. Frank would have a huge pot on the sidewalk in front of his store and cook fresh crabs ... Mr. Battaglia, who ran the All American Meat Market, was a wonderful friend to everybody. He used to give me a free hot dog from the case, and I would eat it right there and then. It was a delicious raw beef hot dog, still cold."


    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland Avenue (at Andover
    Contact: Vicky Walker vicky.walker@gmail.com

  • Nov 30th, -0001 12:00am (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    No special guests this month -- just come along and join the circle of Bernal folks who want to talk about the history of our hill! Bring photos, stories, and artifacts to share.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Anderson)

  • Nov 30th, -0001 12:00am (Wednesday) at Bernal Heights Branch Library
    Bernal History Project monthly meeting

    Another low-key get-together this month at the library. We have some new photos from the SFMTA around a century ago that need to be matched with modern-day images -- can you help us ID the buildings and businesses in the photos? Come to the meeting and we'll share! And, of course, please bring your stories and photos to share.
    map to: Bernal Heights Branch Library 500 Cortland (at Andover)