INGLESIDE, San Francisco — This weekend, the Friends of the Geneva Office Building & Powerhouse and the New Mission Terrace Improvement Association are participating in the virtual San Francisco History Days with offerings chock full of neighborhood history.
Usually held over a weekend at the Old Mint, San Francisco History Days, now in its tenth year, showcases local San Francisco history by amatuer and professional historians alike. The majority of this year’s event will be held online and physically-distanced from Sept. 25 through Sept. 27 due to the COVID-19 public health restrictions.
Lisa Dunseth, a resident of Mission Terrace and member of the FGOB&P board of directors, created two thorough presentations about the historic transportation facility and residence park. (Disclosure: this journalist is a member of the FGOB&P board.)
“Just because COVID-19 won’t allow us to mingle inside the Old Mint this year doesn’t mean the end of SF History Days,” Dunseth told The Ingleside Light. “They’re going virtual this year! The Friends of the Geneva Office Building & Powerhouse are hosting a page and a movie about the historic Geneva Office Building, Car Barn, and Powerhouse. And the New Mission Terrace Improvement Association is hosting a page about the association and the neighborhood of Mission Terrace.”
“So check it out neighbors and we’ll be looking for you in one of the Zoom rooms.” Dunseth added.
There are four categories of programming, according to event organizer the San Francisco Department of Memory.
- Events, which are in-person happenings at participating locations
- Presentations, which are traditional lectures, panel discussions, or film screenings with Q&As via Zoom
- Tours, which are guided walks presented in-person or virtually
- Author Talks, which is a casual 30-minute format meant to emulate the experience of walking up to a table and chatting with an author.
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