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Source of recordings Bay Bridge Opening Ceremony, November 12, 1936
Produced from 4 electrical transcription disks edited to form one continuous recording (presented here in 14 sections). Produced at KRE Transmitter Building, in Berkeley Aquatic Park, by the California Historical Radio Society. Visit their web site at CaliforniaHistoricalRadio.com.


Welcome and thank you for visiting the virtual site of The Museum of the City of San Francisco. From this page you will be able to access the various parts and services that we offer.

The Museum is pleased to announce two new books on the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. These are the first of a new series on the Earthquake and Fire of 1906 utilizing the research of Gladys Hansen and her Dead Study plus additional museum materials. The next books will cover the Fire Department, Police Department and Politics, Military, and Fact and fiction of the earthquake and fire of 1906 (titles tentative at this time).

The first book is Earthquake, Fire and Epidemic published by Untreeds. The authors are Gladys Hansen, Richard Hansen and Doctor William Blaisdell. The research for this book is from the wonderful e-mail and materials in the extensive collection of our Museum only. Almost five decades of exhaustive research by Gladys Hansen, Official Archivist Emeritus of San Francisco, makes Earthquake, Fire & Epidemic the definitive discourse on one of the most devastating natural disasters in American history. We are extremely pleased with this and very impressed with the help of the publisher in bringing out this exciting book. Check out the book at untreedreads.com, 300 plus pages with 10 photographs.

Our second book is 1906 San Francisco Earthquake by Richard Hansen and Gladys Hansen. The book is part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing (ISBN: 9780738596587) and is available from most bookstores or from the publisher’s website at arcadiapublishing.com. The book has over 200 images.

Our new partner in history - The Bethlehem Steel Museum. We are working on web content and physical exhibits together. See some of our materials at the San Francisco History Museum at 449 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA. Please visit their web site at BethShip.org.

The MEMORIES PAST AND PRESENT will be a e-mail resource of the Museum of the City of San Francisco. We are looking for interesting narratives and materials on the history in the Bay Area. Modern day and past memories will become our history in the future. We welcome tourist and locals to input their views. Leave a memory today with curator@sfmuseum.org.

Richard Hansen
Founder of sfmuseum.org

For over fifty years, the staff of the Museum of the City of San Francisco has labored--with your help--to compile the first-ever register of those who died in San Francisco's Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906.

The City of San Francisco's official count of the dead was 478.

 With your assistance, however, today we can at last honor the lost citizenry, and recognize all of the victims of the 1906 calamity.

See if your family members are recognized at this time, and watch for the next updated list. The search continues.

Gladys Hansen
Curator, SFMUSEUM.ORG
The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco.
P.S. Please keep these wonderful and so informative 1906 stories coming.



USN Lt Frederic Freeman
USN Lt Frederic Freeman
An unknown, unsung hero of 1906 has recently returned to San Francisco via his newly-discovered scrapbooks. USN Lt Frederic Freeman's photographs, letters and personal story shed light on the history of the Great Earthquake and Fire. We look forward to sharing this treasure trove of memorabilia with you in the coming months.


For over fifty years, the staff of the Museum of the City of San Francisco has labored--with your help--to compile the first-ever register of those who died in San Francisco's Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906.

The City of San Francisco's count of the dead was 478.

With your assistance, however, today we can at last honor the lost citizenry, and recognize all of the victims of the 1906 calamity.

See if your family members are recognized at this time, and watch for the next updated list.

The search continues.

Gladys Hansen
Curator, SFMUSEUM.ORG
The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco.

1906 Earthquake Great Register

P.S. Please keep these wonderful and so informative 1906 stories coming.

Great Register 1906 List of Dead and Survivors  as of July22, 2010. (updated!)


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MISSION STATEMENT:  The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco, sfmuseum.org, functions as a general multi-media website utilizing text, graphics, and sounds.  We are primarily a research and educational site for scholars, young and old.  Our site features the interesting, the amusing, and the unusual in San Francisco's history.



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