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Exhibits, Presentations & Lectures

July 5 (Wednesday) 5:00 PM  Free
1906 – 2006 Rebuilding: Then and Now
Workers Building The Bay Area
Reception for The Exhibition
This exhibition will be the first presentation of images from a newly retrieved collection of historic photographs of the workers who rebuilt San Francisco. A part of the exhibition will be the recent photographic work of  Joseph A. Blum. Historic San Francisco Earthquake Reconstruction Images from: Schmid – Allmond Album and The San Francisco Public Library.
The historical photos are the most extensive collection of post-earthquake images of workers rebuilding San Francisco ever exhibited. They were taken by an unknown photographer and are part of a collection known as the Schmid-Allmond Album.  Dating from April, 1906 until early 1908, these fascinating photographs show carpenters, bricklayers, masons, ironworkers, teamsters, piledrivers, laborers, operators, and electrical workers rebuilding well known sites such as the Bank of California and the Palace Hotel, as well as homes and businesses throughout the city.
The contemporary photographs, taken by Joseph A. Blum, document many of the same crafts, as well as boilermakers, painters, and glaziers.  Blum's images bring the workers and their labor process to the forefront.  In these striking photographs we see workers engaged in high-rise construction in downtown San Francisco, rebuilding the Conservatory of Flowers and the Ferry Building, and constructing the Al Zampa Memorial Bridge over the Carquinez Strait and the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

A Labor Photography Exhibit Presented by the Rebuilding S.F. Committee
Read review by Leah Garchik in SF Chronicle
Read review by SF
Story Board Intro (PDF)
Story Board Carpenter's diary (PDF)
Union Stories1(PDF)
Union Stories2 (PDF)

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery

At City Hall -Lower Level
(The exhibition from June 22 – August 25)
(City Hall Hours  8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. Weekdays)

July 9 (Sunday) 2:00 PM
The Earthquake, The Shacks & Labor
By SFSU California Studies Professor Lee Davis
Union carpenters who were members of UBC Local 22 were the workers that built the temporary earthquake homes for thousands of displaced San Franciscans. Some still survive today and professor Lee Davis will tour a shack and present a history of their role in housing after the quake.
Meet at the San Francisco Presidio, Lincoln Blvd & Funston at the 1864 Post Hospital.

July 29 (Saturday) 7:00 PM Free
Labor, Trade Unions, Politics And The San Francisco Earthquake
Join panelists Gray Brechin, Bob Matticola, Kevin  Maguire, Harvey Schwartz and others as we look at the lives and politics of the period of the San Francisco earthquake. What were the social forces at work in San Francisco at that period and what can we learn from this for today.
Audio of Historian Michael Kazin on Labor and the 1906 Quake by Rebuilding SF:
This audio presentation by labor historian Michael Kazin about the San
Francisco labormovement during the period of the 1906 earthquake. Kazin's book "Barons Of Labor, The San Francisco Building Trades and Union Power in
the Progressive Era is an important contribution on the history of working people in San Francisco. (28.6MB 62 minutes)

ILWU Local 6 Hall
255 9th St. near Howard, San Francisco

July 30 (Sunday) 7:00 PM  at ILWU Local 6 Free
Music, Musicians & the San Francisco Earthquake
Presentation with AFM 6 Musicians Jack Chernos, Earl Watkins, musicologist Jeffrey Weissman on Black minstrel musician Bert Williams as well as other musicians and the original music of the period.
ILWU Local 6 Hall
255 9th St. near Howard, San Francisco

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