Founded by individuals arriving in California before 1850 and thriving under the leadership of several generations of their direct descendants, The Society of California Pioneers opened one of the first libraries in California, as well as a grand hall for public exhibitions and private social events. Today, we operate a research library and a museum, both housed in one of the iconic Montgomery Barracks Buildings on The Presidio of San Francisco.
Pioneer Hall features rotating public exhibitions and museum education programs using the art and artifacts amassed by The Society since 1850. The Alice Phelan Sullivan Library provides researchers and historians access to this privately held and maintained repository. The Society?s public programs are designed to support scholarship and encourage new interpretations that illuminate and honor the diverse experiences of those who came before us.
Golden Gate Park in The Gilded Age
October 24, 2019 to April 28, 2020
Free Admission, Wednesday - Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM
This exhibition of rarely-seen photographs, gleaned from family albums and nineteenth-century studio catalogues, is our contribution to the celebration of Golden Gate Park?s sesquicentennial.