Events and Exhibits

Upcoming Events -   

Program for June 2016 General Meeting

June 20,  2016, 7:00 pm
Magnolia Senior Center, 601 Grand Avenue, South San Francisco 

Please join the Historical Society at an interactive walk down Memory Lane as Board member  Ray Yoshak presents his curated collection of 40 pictures of SSF bridges, buildings and more,  taken in the 1980s, many of which are no longer in existence.  Let’s see how many you recognize and what details we can add to our collective history. 
This program is free and open to members and non-members.
Refreshments will be served after the program

Armstrong Brewing Company Fundraiser
June 25, 2016, 4:00pm – 10:00pm
415 Grand Avenue, South San Francisco

Please join the Historical Society of South San Francisco on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 4pm – 10pm at a fundraiser at Armstrong Brewing Company, 415 Grand Avenue South San Francisco.  Drop in at any time, partake of the fabulous food and drink, including beer and wine, at this wonderful local venue.  The Armstrong folks have kindly offered their site and support to benefit the Historical Society.  The brewery’s walls will be decorated with historic SSF photographs, bringing life to the old Fraternal Hall Building.    Armstrong will be unveiling this permanent exhibit of historic SSF photographs and offering an opportunity for others to start their own collection by holding a silent auction.  Armstrong is family-friendly;  children are welcome.

A portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to the Historical Society and the Public Library.

To read more about Armstrong’s history, its beers and menu, visit:

Annual Victorian Tea

July 23 & June 24, 2016 - 1:00pm
Schwarz House, 519 Grand Avenue, South San Francisco

The Historical Society of South San Francisco is proud to announce the 14th Annual Victorian Tea & Boutique, scheduled for Saturday/Sunday, July 23 & 24, 2016 and July 30 & 31, 2016 at the Plymire-Schwarz House at 519 Grand Avenue in South San Francisco.  Seatings are at 1:00pm.     All proceeds of the Tea benefit the historic, 111-year-old Plymire-Schwarz House.

If you would like to donate a sweet or a savory for the tea, the Ladies in the kitchen would love your help.  For donations, please call Jo Zemke at (650) 952-3983.

This is an elegant, fun event to dress up in your teatime finery and celebrate with friends.  For reservations, contact Dorothy Buhagiar at (650) 589-5597 beginning on June 23.  Payment must be received within 7 days of reservation.

Tickets, priced at $35, sell fast and seating is limited, so make your reservations early.  Please make checks payable to “The Plymire-Schwarz House” and mail to:  Dorothy Buhagiar * 232 Alta Loma Drive * South San Francisco, CA  94080

"Sign of the Times"
September 19,  2016, 7:00 pm
Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive,  South San Francisco 

Please join the Historical Society, the South San Francisco Public Library and the South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department for a screening of “Sign of the Times,” an award-winning documentary centering around our own Sign Hill.  The hour-long film chronicles the transformation of South San Francisco from company town to industrial giant through post World War II developments.  The “Sign of the Times” title stems from the emblematic sign that rises over the city:  “South San Francisco:  The Industrial City.”  To the blue collar workers who labored in the city’s meat packing plants and steel mills, the message represented their hard work and accomplishments.  However, as the city grew, some newer residents viewed the sign as outdated and misleading.  The tension boiled over in the late 1980s when an ordinance was proposed to remove “The Industrial City” from the sign. 

“Sign of the Times features candid interviews from residents, workers, developers and historians and is interlaced with archival photos and footage that captures the city’s rich history.  Filmmakers Martha Cain and Steve Cohen will be in attendance.
Special Exhibits -
New Chestnut Museum Exhibit!
The Long View of The Industrial City: A Panoramic Photo Exhibit

The new exhibit encompasses a never before display of black and white panoramic photographs of the city’s first industries and their employees. The focus is on companies such as Western Meat Company, Virden Meat Packing, Armour Meats, WP Fuller Paints, Steiger Terra Cotta, Enterprise Foundry, Pacific Coast Steel, and South City Lumber Company. Products/artifacts related to the companies are also on display. The exhibit will be on display through March, 2017.

The Chestnut Museum is located at 80 Chestnut Avenue, South San Francisco and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 - 4:00 PM and on the 2nd and 4th Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 PM.