Spanish philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” To brush up on your 1960s history, and review the important life-changing issues of that time, here is an overview called, “The American Counterculture of the 1960s.” Many of the images used in this video clip are from San Francisco in the 1960s. See if you can identify the march up the Fulton Street Hill, with City Hall in the background. You are sure to recognize the shots of Golden Gate Park. And many of the songs, the artists and the innovators included in the clip are from here and in our greater Bay Area.
To explore more of San Francisco’s history, you can plan to attend the annual San Francisco History Expo, held at the historic old Mint at 5th and Mission Streets, on March 2 and 3, 2013.The first branch of the U.S. Mint in San Francisco was opened in 1854 to serve the gold miners coming back from the hills with their precious metal. In its first year, the Mint turned $4 million worth of gold bullion into coins. The current building was constructed in a classic Greek-Revival-style and opened in 1874. “The Granite Lady” as it is sometimes called, survived the 1906 earthquake and fire while buildings all around it were demolished.
In 2003, the U.S. government sold the building, a registered National Historic Landmark, to the City of San Francisco for $1.00. The City paid the bill with an 1879 silver dollar that had been struck at the Mint. The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society is currently raising funds to renovate the building to create the San Francisco Museum at the Mint: http://www.sfhistory.org/index.php/old-mint
Here is information about the 2013 San Francisco History Expo. If you cannot attend, you might be interested in learning more about the groups dedicated to preserving the City’s history. Here is a list of the organizations participating in the Expo: