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Membership 2017-05-17T06:04:53+00:00

Membership Levels, Benefits and Dues

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the story of one of the world’s great cities: San Francisco.

All members receive the following basic benefits

  • Panorama – the Society’s quarterly newsletter announcing programs and activities and featuring historical articles and book review
  • The Argonaut – our semiannual journal of original articles about San Francisco history
  • Free admission* to monthly programs, featuring presentations on remarkable aspects of San Francisco history
  • Invitations to events such as the annual Awards Luncheon
  • Guided walking tours of San Francisco neighborhoods and districts and the Barbary Coast Trail
  • Invitations for periodic excursions to buildings and locations of historic significance


Basic Membership Levels

History Enthusiast – $45/year, $80/year Dual*

Senior (age 62+) – $30/year, $50/year Dual*

Community Access (Students, K-12 teachers, disabled) – $30/year, $50/year Dual*

Enhanced Membership Levels

Sustaining ($120/year, Individual or Dual*)

All basic benefits, plus:

·         Choice of a free book celebrating San Francisco (value $15 – $20) (see below)

·         Four guest passes for monthly programs or Barbary Coast Trail Walks (value up to $60)

Contributing ($275/year, Individual or Dual*)

All basic benefits, plus:

·         Choice of a free book celebrating San Francisco (value $30 – $40) (see below)

·         Ten guest passes for monthly programs or Barbary Coast Trail Walks (value up to $150)

·         Credit of up to $50 in additional discounts which may be applied to admission to selected special excursions or special events

Gold Circle ($1,000/year, $1,500/year Dual*)

This membership includes a substantial built-in tax-deductible donation ($700 single, $1,000 dual). These members enjoy several special perks.

All basic benefits, plus:

·         Choice of a free book celebrating San Francisco (value $30 – $40) (see below)

·         Ten guest passes for monthly programs or Barbary Coast Trail Walks (value up to $150)

·         Complimentary admission and VIP seating at the annual Awards luncheon (two for dual)

·         Invitations to exclusive receptions and special events

·         Recognition in Panorama

* Benefit covers one person, two for Dual memberships. Dual memberships are only available for two named members who reside at the same address, regardless of relationship.

Sustaining Level Gifts

Members who join or renew at the Sustaining level ($120) may choose from one of the following books as a thank-you gift:

Frisco - A Novel
Frisco: A Novel

Daniel Bacon’s debut novel is a tale of romance, betrayal, and redemption set against the backdrop of the labor strife of the San Francisco of 1934 (Softcover, 2014).

 


Walking San Francisco - Barbary Coast Trail
Walking San Francisco on the Barbary Coast Trail®

Daniel Bacon’s definitive guide to the trail through the historic heart of San Francisco (2nd Edition, 2002).

 

 


A Woman of Certain Importance
A Woman of Certain Importance: A Biography of Kathleen Norris

Deanna Paoli Gumina’s biography of native San Franciscan and pioneering feminist writer, Kathleen Norris (1880-1966). As the author of 93 novels, Norris was one of the most widely read and highest paid female writers in the United States for nearly fifty years, from 1911 to 1959 (Softcover, 2004).

 

Contributing and Gold Circle Level Gifts

Members who join or renew at the Contributing ($275) or Gold Circle ($1,000/$1,500) level may choose any one of the following gifts or any one Sustaining Level book as a thank-you gift.

North Beach
North Beach: The Italian Heart of San Francisco

Historian Richard Dillon’s lively history of “a self-sufficient mile-square Italian village” in the middle of the city of San Francisco. Illustrated by previously unpublished photographs by J. B. Monaco, the “dean of North Beach Photographers,” from the 1880s to the 1930s (Hardcover, 1985, out of print).

 


Nothing Seemed Impossible: William C. Ralston and Early San Francisco
Nothing Seemed Impossible: William C. Ralston and Early San Francisco

David Lavender’s biography of William Ralston, founder of the Palace Hotel and the Bank of California, as intertwined with the story of San Francisco immediately after the Gold Rush. (Hardcover, 1975/1981, out of print).

 


Williams-Sonoma Foods of the World: San Francisco
Williams-Sonoma Foods of the World: San Francisco

This profusely-illustrated volume features the culinary influences and traditions of San Francisco’s distinctive cuisine. Includes offers forty-five recipes for appetizers, main dishes, vegetable dishes, and desserts. (Hardcover, 2004).

 


When the Water Came Up to Montgomery Street: San Francisco During the Gold Rush
When the Water Came Up to Montgomery Street: San Francisco During the Gold Rush

SFMHS Founder and President Emeritus Charles A. Fracchia’s latest book telling the story of San Francisco from 1848 through 1859 (Hardcover, 2009).

 


The San Francisco Century
The San Francisco Century

San Francisco Chronicle reporter and columnist Carl Nolte’s fascinating examination of the San Francisco story from the 1906 Earthquake to the first years of the Twenty-First Century (Hardcover, 2005).

 


2006-S Proof Old Mint Commemorative Silver Dollar – Mint Packaging
2006-S Proof Old Mint Commemorative Silver Dollar – Mint Packaging

Minted at the “new” San Francisco Mint in 2006, this 90% silver dollar commemorates the vital role of the previous San Francisco Mint (“The Old Mint”) in San Francisco’s recovery from the 1906 earthquake and fire. This option comes with the original US Mint packaging, including presentation case and certificate of authenticity.

 


2006-S Proof Old Mint Commemorative Silver Dollar – NGC Graded
2006-S Proof Old Mint Commemorative Silver Dollar – NGC Graded

Minted at the “new” San Francisco Mint in 2006, this 90% silver dollar commemorates the vital role of the previous San Francisco Mint (“The Old Mint”) in San Francisco’s recovery from the 1906 earthquake and fire. This option is encapsulated and graded PF 69 Ultra Cameo by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (no US Mint packaging).

 


Please allow 14 days for delivery of thank-you gifts, as they are sent by Media Mail and are generally shipped once a week. Some books are available in limited quantities. Specific gifts are subject to change. We will contact you if a substitution is necessary.