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Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
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Treasure Island Historic Building One | 1 Avenue of the Palms, San Francisco, CA

Treasure Island History Day | Free Lecture Series

“Little Island – Big Ideas” is a free lecture series on the past, present and future of Treasure Island presented by the Treasure Island Museum Association.

The lecture series is presented on Treasure Island, in historic Building One, on select Saturdays at 10:30 am.

Treasure Island is easily accessible by bus or car.  Free parking in front of Building One, the large semicircular building on the right just inside the main gate.

2018 Lecture Series


January 27, 2018 – The Heritage and the Vision
Planning the New Treasure Island Museum

For over 40 years, the Treasure Island Museum has surprised and inspired island visitors with remarkable stories of innovation and collective civic achievement. As the island enters its latest transformation into a world model of sustainable living, learn about the vision for the museum’s reinvention and how it will help visitors to appreciate the rich legacy of this island of big ideas. Speaker: Walt Bilofsky, President of the Treasure Island Museum

February 24, 2018  – From the Magic City to the Magic Kingdom
Walt at the GGIE

Walt Disney and Disney Studios are well known for their contributions to the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln,“ “It’s A Small World,” and other canonical attractions at Disney parks worldwide made their debuts in New York in 1939. But did you know that Walt and the studio’s first contribution to a world’s fair happened right here, on Treasure Island? And when Walt visited the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939, experiences and exhibits affected him profoundly and ultimately influenced the development of Disneyland. Speaker: Anne Schnoebelen, Vice President of the Treasure Island Museum

March 24, 2018 –  12,000 Years of Climate Change
Human Adaptation and the Formation of the Bay

Since 10,000 B.C., climate changes have transformed the Bay Area and Yerba Buena Island, once a mountain within an inland valley. Native peoples responded to the evolution of this landscape through a series of adaptive strategies and technological innovations revealed in archeological excavations on the island and the greater Bay Area. Speaker: Philip Kaijankoski, Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc.

April 21, 2018 –  49 Miles to the Fair
San Francisco’s Storied Scenic Drive Began at the GGIE

The 49 Mile Scenic Drive was born as a promotion to draw Golden Gate International Exposition visitors into the rest of the city. Even President Franklin Roosevelt drove it, back in 1938. Had the island segment not been removed when the fair ended, how many fewer of today’s San Franciscans would say “I’ve never been to Treasure Island”? Learn more about the origins of this famous route, and the quirky histories and mysteries to be discovered along its 49 miles. Speakers: Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson, authors of Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive. Books will be available for signing.

Event Details

Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.


Categories: *Top Pick*, History, Lectures & Workshops
Address: 1 Avenue of the Palms, San Francisco, CA

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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