San Francisco Map Fair 2017 - September 15-17

The San Francisco Map Fair will take place in the Lodge at the Regency Center, 1290 Sutter St. Antiquarian map dealers from around the world will be displaying their maps and there will be several lectures sponsored by the California Map Society. We hope to see you there!

More details:

Opening Night Cocktail Reception

  • Friday, September 15, 2017
  • 5:00pm  7:30pm

Join us for the Preview Night Reception and enjoy two and a half hours of passed hors d'oeuvres, and a premium open bar. By coming to the Opening Night Reception you will get first opportunity to view and purchase any of the wonderful antiquarian map material our exhibitors have brought from around the world. This event also serves as a great time to interact with other map collectors, enthusiasts, and the dealers in a more relaxed, social setting. Tickets are $50; all NET proceeds of this event go to the History in Your Hands Foundation.


  • Saturday, September 16, 2017
  • 10:00am  5:00pm


1:00 PM - Star Maps by: Nick Kanas M.D.

3:00 PM - What’s in a Map (…and How Do I Get It Out)? by: Stace Maples


  • Sunday, September 17, 2017
  • 10:00am  3:00pm


12:00 PM - Early Maps of San Francisco by: Charles A. Fracchia 

1:30 PM - The Map Comes First: Crowd-sourcing for an Organic Atlas Narrative
A Panel Discussion led by: Darin Jensen


Happy 80th birthday Golden Gate Bridge

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. Its completion in 1937 came one year after the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in November, 1936. Both bridges were celebrated at the Golden Gate International Exposition held on Treasure Island in 1939-40.

The theme of the exposition was "Pageant of the Pacific," and it showcased the goods of nations bordering the Pacific Ocean. Embodying this theme was the "Tower of the Sun" and a giant, 80-foot statue of Pacifica, goddess of the Pacific ocean, both of which are marked on this guide map designed by Ruth Taylor:

Of course, construction of the bridges was not celebrated by all, especially railroad companies, which offered ferry services to their rail connections around San Francisco Bay; something we discussed in our Northwestern Pacific Marin County hiking map video:

San Francisco's Mysterious Lagoon Survey

We recently published a short video essay on the 1849 official map of San Francisco by William Eddy.

Perhaps the most striking feature of this map is the so-called Lagoon Survey grid located in the northwest corner of the map past Larkin St. In the video we discuss the mysteries surrounding the survey, as well as the few remnants of it still seen today. For more context, I recommend a recent article by Gary Kamiya in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Kamiya discusses the ecological and historical backdrop for the survey, an area called Spring Valley, through which ran a trail to the Presidio and where the freshwater Washerwoman's Lagoon was located.