Past Events

May 2018

May 10 – Redmond Kernan History Award

Redmond Kernan (1932-2009) was a champion of Presidio history. He celebrated its buildings, landscapes, and especially its people and their stories. For ten years prior to establishing this award (2006-2016), the Redmond Kernan Presidio History lecture series was presented jointly by the Presidio Trust and the Presidio Historical Association.

The inaugural recipient of this award will be Author Gary Kamiya, whose weekly San Francisco column, “Portals of the Past” dramatizes and entertains, while at the same time adhering to historical methods of research and original sources. This award, given in his honor by his wife, Board Member and Board Secretary, Sharon Gadberry, is meant to encourage others to carry on those efforts.

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM, South Beach Yacht Club (40 Pier Ste 5, San Francisco, CA 94107


May 8 – Diane North: California at War:  The State and the People during World War I  

Diane North with speak on her book, California at War: The State and the People during World War I  (University of Kanas Press, forthcoming in June 2018).  She will focus on San Francisco, including the Presidio. This program is cosponsored by the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society and the Presidio Historical Association.

7:30 PM, Theodore Roosevelt Middle School (Arguello at Geary)

APRIL 2018

April 28 – Presidio Walk with WalkSF

A 3¾ mile walking introduction to the Presidio, we’ll get an overview of both past and present. The walk starts at the Presidio Transit Center, heading up through the Main Post by the Officers Club, then through the restored El Polin spring area, past the Goldsworthy Spire, through the Cemetery overlook and on to Ft Scott and the coastal batteries, ending at the GG Bridge Plaza. Jointly organized with Walk SF, this walk will give an overview introduction of the both the historic preservation and natural areas restoration activities in the Presidio.

1:00 PM. Start at Presidio Transit Center

April 24 – PHA Annual Meeting and Elections, with noted speaker Betty Goerke.

Betty Goerke is the author of five books, including Chief Marin: Leader, Rebel and Legend and Discovering Native People at Point Reyes. Her most recent publication, A Broken Propeller, is the story of America’s first transcontinental air race

In October 1919 fifty-nine pilots competed in a round trip race that began simultaneously on Long Island and in San Francisco with predetermined stops 150 miles apart at airfields across the United States. Newspapers gave it front-page press: who was ahead, who was missing, who made an unexpected emergency landing, who crashed, and who was felled by blinding snowstorms.

11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Presidio Golf And Concordia Club (8 Presidio Terrace, San Francisco, CA 94118


MARCH 2018

March 3/4 – History Weekend at the Mint

Presenting an in depth history of the 1906 Earthquake Shacks.

History Week Trivia Correction: Q. What Presidio person had been in charge of the US WWII effort in Burma and China before coming to the Presidio to serve as the Sixth Army commander?

A. “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell.  General Joseph Stilwell earned his nickname by his caustic comments and disregard of traditional military pomp.   His role was a difficult one co-ordinating efforts  involving England, Indian soldiers, American troops and  the difficult resupply of Chiang Kai Shek in China.  During his tenure at the Presidio he was involved in putting down a prisoner rebellion with Marine troops that became known as the Battle of Alcatraz.  Casualties included deaths of three correctional officers and two prisoners.  Stilwell died of cancer in 1946.

January 2018

January 25 – PHA Board Meeting

January 22 – Presidio Archive Digital Library with Woody LaBounty

Newly digitized historical photographs of the Presidio, presented by Woody LaBounty and OpenSFHistory.
More information on WNP and OpenSFHistory at: and

December, 2017

Annual PHA Holiday Party


September, 2017

Fort Mason Tour Guided By Historian John Martini
Friday, September 22, 4-6 PM
An immersive tour guided by San Francisco Historian John Martini. Immerse yourself in the historic legacy of Fort Mason, from its construction during the Gold Rush era and the national landmark’s vital role in the abolitionist movement, home to Anti-Slavery “Free Soilers” before becoming a military headquarters for the Union Army during the Civil War. The Fort’s evolution into the epicenter of relief efforts during the 1906 earthquake, and logistical support command for the Pacific theater during WWII will also be explored, and much, much more.

April, 2017

Annual Meeting:  Luncheon and Lecture
Lecture  Carl Nolte:  The Cold War BY The Bay

March, 2017:

Reception and Lecture:  Bill Yenne,  “John Lesesne DeWitt: The General Who Panicked the Pacific Coast.”  – How General DeWitt exaggerated the risk to the west coast, creating the political climate that lead to the 1942 internment of Japanese-Americans.