Our Mission

The San Francisco Historical Society’s mission is to preserve, interpret, present, and disseminate historical data, information, and knowledge relating to the City and County of San Francisco so as to enhance the experience of living in or visiting San Francisco.

Executive Director

Lana Costantini

Lana brings 28 years of experience in educational publishing, curriculum design, and program development in both non-profit and for-profit sectors. She has been a successful small business owner in San Francisco, a director of product development for an educational publishing company, and a founding member of two Bay Area non-profits, both of which are still going strong.

Lana currently serves on the board of directors for Seven Tepees Youth Program and for the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, where she leads the education committee in its efforts to increase school involvement in the history and science programs offered on the Pampanito and at the Hyde Street Pier.

A third-generation San Francisco native, Lana has worked with the San Francisco Historical Society for nearly 20 years, first as a volunteer, and for the past 12 years, as editor of The Argonaut.

* Welcome to our new Membership & Online Services Manager, Steve Schulz

Board of Directors

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What We Do

We are devoted to bringing together San Francisco’s past, present and future. SFHS has more than 2,000 members and fulfills its mission of preserving Bay Area history through a broad spectrum of programs and special events, such as monthly presentations, guided history walks, the Barbary Coast Trail and the annual Awards Luncheon.

The Society produces two publications: The Argonaut, a beautiful journal featuring photographs and in-depth reviews of our city’s history; and Panorama, a quarterly newsletter for members that features upcoming programs and events of interest to our members.

SFHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (Tax ID 68-0104888). Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. Donate now!

Fiscal Sponsorship

The Society uses its nonprofit corporation status to enable other organizations to accept grants from government, foundations, and other funders. At the present time, SFHS is the fiscal sponsor for a documentary film about the College Players, the theatrical group at the University of San Francisco.

Our Origins

The San Francisco Historical Society was founded by renowned San Francisco historian Charles Fracchia in 1988. As the Society’s president, Fracchia led a merger with the Museum of the City of San Francisco in 2002 to form the San Francisco Historical Society.

In 2006 the administration of Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. granted the stewardship of the Old Mint at Fifth and Mission Streets to SFHS. Over the next several years the Society raised approximately $14 million to restore the building to a usable condition and carried out hundreds of programs there for tens of thousands of San Franciscans and visitors to our city. That stewardship ended in 2015.