The follpowing is a press release from the City of San Francisco:
On the weekend of March 5-6, 2016, the City of San Francisco Mayor’s
Office will open the Old Mint to the public for a free community open
house, the San Francisco History
Days at the Old Mint.
Used only occasionally for special private events, “The Granite
Lady” will come alive with stories of the city’s unique past as more
than 75 organizations offer pop-up museums throughout the building and
vaults from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, and from 11 a.m.
to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 6. Join community historians, archivists,
genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, re-enactors,
authors of history, filmmakers, and other history enthusiasts for this
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Highlights of the weekend include presentations by local historians
such as uncovering the mystery of the origin of your house with tips
on researching its past, how to understand Victorian architecture,
peeks into collections of rare and newly digitized photos and film
footage, the role of community archives, and tips for organizing your
personal archives. Transit aficionados can learn more about historic
power houses and car barns as well as about historic ships used during
the height of the maritime era. Experts discuss treasures such as the
Rincon Annex and Coit Tower murals, the Golden Gate International
Exposition, as well as the visual histories of San Francisco’s neighborhoods.
A special feature of the 2016 San Francisco History Days will be
Education Day, a day exclusively for students on Friday, March 4.
Interested educators can reserve a two-hour look at the Old Mint and
meet a dozen History Days exhibitors for their school groups.
Reservations must be made no later than two weeks in advance.
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Mini-theaters will be set up in the ground floor vaults of the Old
Mint over the weekend and will feature four views on various aspects
of San Francisco’s past through moving pictures. Dozens of authors
will be on hand to discuss and sell their books. Special meet up
tables for social media history geeks as well as for alumni of San
Francisco high schools will be part of the weekend. Guided tours of
the building will be offered. Past history events in the same building
have drawn up to 5,000 visitors.