SF History Night: “Home Front SF During WWII” | Noe Valley
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St. Philip’s Church | 725 Diamond Street, San Francisco, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
SF History Night | Pacific Heights
Please note, their presentations are usually on the last Tuesday of the month; this is an exception. This event takes place on Feb. 21, 2017 , and not on Feb. 28,2017 as was originally listed.
Certain watershed events in San Francisco history, like the Gold Rush of 1849 and the Earthquake and Fire in 1906, profoundly changed the city. World War II was another one of those pivotal events: Hundreds of thousands of military personnel passed through en route to the war in the Pacific, while thousands of civilians arrived to work in war-related industries in the Bay Area.
Local civil defense involved everyone in protecting the home front, including rationing, salvaging, and volunteering to win the war effort. Suspicions of espionage fueled by war hysteria resulted in the detention of some German and Italian residents and the denial of civil rights to all persons of Japanese ancestry.
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War II, John Freeman will examine the profound changes to the civilian population of the city. He is a native San Franciscan who is teaching a course on this topic at the The Fromm Institute For Lifelong Learning in the winter quarter.
Doors open at 7 pm with refreshments and a S.F. historical book sale; presentation begins at 7:30 pm sharp. There is a $5 admission for nonmembers.
Limited parking in schoolyard (entrance on Elizabeth St.), but additional parking is available on surrounding streets. Muni: 24-Divisadero and 48-Quintara stop at Castro and 24th streets; 35-Eureka stops at Diamond and 24th streets.