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Gabriella “Guitar Gabby” Logan is featured in the Museum of the African Diaspora’s Juneteenth discussion “Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretics: Shredding While Black and Female.” (Courtesy Jawan Scott)

MoAD celebrates Juneteenth with music and more

Holiday marking slaves’ freedom gains momentum with Black Lives Matter

 

A view of the former barracks of the Angel Island Immigration Station. (Courtesy Russell Nauman, AIISF)

Ferry to Angel Island provides a direct route to history

Advocates say loss of service from SF will make it hard to visit key Chinese immigration site

 

Indigo Mudbhary, second-place winner of the San Francisco Historical Society’s 2020 Fracchia Prize, poses by the Rose Garden, the second stop in her Golden Gate Park walking tour. (Courtesy photo)

SF Historical Society contest inspires next generation of local historians

High school students tackle Golden Gate Park’s history and pass its stories along

 

Tourists ride in a cable car down Powell Street on March 16, shortly before the historic vehicles were shut down due to coronavirus. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

‘No timetable’ for cable car return, SFMTA says

How the temporary absence of cable cars means more than just a loss of transit routes

Tourists ride in a cable car down Powell Street on March 16, shortly before the historic vehicles were shut down due to coronavirus. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
People stroll or jog along the Embarcadero in San Francisco. (S.F. Examiner file photo)

SF’s Embarcadero added to national endangered historic places list

The Embarcadero in San Francisco has been named among the country’s most…

People stroll or jog along the Embarcadero in San Francisco. (S.F. Examiner file photo)
Maurice Curtis, the actor who portrated the title role in “Samuel of Posen,” was acquited of murder in the death of San Francisco Police Officer Alexander Grant in 1891. (Courtesy photo)

Celebrity Murder: Shady dealings help Maurice Curtis skirt conviction

We’re all familiar with the famous Los Angeles case in the 1990s…

Maurice Curtis, the actor who portrated the title role in “Samuel of Posen,” was acquited of murder in the death of San Francisco Police Officer Alexander Grant in 1891. (Courtesy photo)
The western wall inside the Mothers Building at the San Francisco Zoo, which faces the ocean, is in particular need of restoration having sustained moisture-related damage over the years. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

SF looks for sources of funding to restore historic Mothers Building

A handful of animals at the San Francisco Zoo are in need…

The western wall inside the Mothers Building at the San Francisco Zoo, which faces the ocean, is in particular need of restoration having sustained moisture-related damage over the years. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Detective Isaiah Lees and the site of the case that made his career: the El Dorado Gambling House. (Courtesy photos)

Isaiah Lees and the Tunnel Bandits

William Pinkerton called him “The greatest criminal catcher the West ever knew.”…

Detective Isaiah Lees and the site of the case that made his career: the El Dorado Gambling House. (Courtesy photos)
From left, Ford Lee and Earlena Somera-Ramsey appear in “Golden Gate,” a performance based on interviews with Chinese people who immigrated to America. (Courtesy Lisa Strong)

‘Golden Gate’ reveals untold stories of Chinese immigrants

Thousands of Chinese helped build the American West, but their personal stories…

From left, Ford Lee and Earlena Somera-Ramsey appear in “Golden Gate,” a performance based on interviews with Chinese people who immigrated to America. (Courtesy Lisa Strong)
Dr. Robert Thompson, left, who worked under the alias Dr. James Grant, was convicted of second-degree murder for performing an illegal abortion on Eva Swan, right, in 1910. (Courtesy photos)

The Crimes of ‘Dr. Grant’

Is abortion murder? Today, the answer depends on your religious and moral…

Dr. Robert Thompson, left, who worked under the alias Dr. James Grant, was convicted of second-degree murder for performing an illegal abortion on Eva Swan, right, in 1910. (Courtesy photos)
James Hope, left, was a legendary bank robber who in 1881 crossed paths with Isaiah Lees, SFPD’s first Captain of Detectives. (Courtesy Thomas Byrnes’ “Rogues Gallery: 247 Professional Criminals of 19th Century America”)

Criminal genius meets his match

The chief bookkeeper at San Francisco’s Sather Bank knew the white stuff…

James Hope, left, was a legendary bank robber who in 1881 crossed paths with Isaiah Lees, SFPD’s first Captain of Detectives. (Courtesy Thomas Byrnes’ “Rogues Gallery: 247 Professional Criminals of 19th Century America”)
Jerome Bassity owned and operated dozens of brothels in San Francisco in the early 1900s. (Courtesy Photo)

Jerome Bassity: King of the Tenderloin

Jerome Bassity, also known as “The King of the Tenderloin,” was the…

Jerome Bassity owned and operated dozens of brothels in San Francisco in the early 1900s. (Courtesy Photo)
Sonoma State University staff archaeologist Kyle Rabellino recovers what looked to be old sewing machine parts and broken pottery from an excavation being done on Stockton Street in San Francisco's Chinatown Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. The artifacts were discovered while workers were digging during construction of the Central Subway. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Archaeologists unearth slice of pre-1906 earthquake Chinatown amid Central Subway construction

Residents and visitors of San Francisco’s eastern neighborhoods in recent years have…

Sonoma State University staff archaeologist Kyle Rabellino recovers what looked to be old sewing machine parts and broken pottery from an excavation being done on Stockton Street in San Francisco's Chinatown Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. The artifacts were discovered while workers were digging during construction of the Central Subway. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
A stock certificate for $500 worth of shares in the Meiggs Wharf Company. (Courtesy photo)

Visionary meets con artist

Some of the early immigrants to San Francisco were criminals, hustlers and…

A stock certificate for $500 worth of shares in the Meiggs Wharf Company. (Courtesy photo)
California legislated its history standards in 1995 under Gov. Pete Wilson. These standards have no been revised since 1998. (Richaed Vogel/2010 AP)

History is written by hacks

School resumed in San Francisco last week. Students, schools and teachers are…

California legislated its history standards in 1995 under Gov. Pete Wilson. These standards have no been revised since 1998. (Richaed Vogel/2010 AP)
Beastly man began landlady killing spree in SF

Beastly man began landlady killing spree in SF

Long before serial killers became commonplace — before Ted Bundy, John Gacy…

Beastly man began landlady killing spree in SF
The Tenderloin Museum officially opened its doors on Thursday, July 16, 2015. (Michael Ares/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

New museum opens in Tenderloin

The Tenderloin Museum on the corner of Eddy and Leavenworth streets opened…

The Tenderloin Museum officially opened its doors on Thursday, July 16, 2015. (Michael Ares/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
A cartoon in the San Francisco Examiner depicts the case of Cordelia Botkin. (Courtesy Photo)

Candy from a Stranger: The Gifts of Cordelia Botkin

Chocolate has been an integral part of San Francisco since the Gold…

A cartoon in the San Francisco Examiner depicts the case of Cordelia Botkin. (Courtesy Photo)
Journalist Hunter S. Thompson helped The San Francisco Examiner break the story of the Gary Hart scandal by allegedly breaking into former Eagles frontman Don Henley's home and swiping this photograph of Donna Rice.

An ‘all-night’ job: Editing Hunter Thompson’s Examiner column

On the evening of Sunday, May 3, 1987, David McCumber, an editor…

Journalist Hunter S. Thompson helped The San Francisco Examiner break the story of the Gary Hart scandal by allegedly breaking into former Eagles frontman Don Henley's home and swiping this photograph of Donna Rice.
The first front cover of The Daily Examiner when it debuted on June 12, 1865.

Honoring our history

It's hard to believe The San Francisco Examiner is 150 years old.…

The first front cover of The Daily Examiner when it debuted on June 12, 1865.