Past Events

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.