San Francisco, 1960s & 70s: Cultural Ecology & Experimentation (Cal Historical Society)

A California Historical Society panel discussion with Shaping San Francisco Shaping SF - cultural ecology

The tumultuous decade of 1968–1978 in the San Francisco Bay Area—and the experimentation and cultural shifts throughout the 1960s that led up to that time—shook the City and forever shaped who we would understand ourselves and the world around us to be. On Wednesday, April 20, Shaping San Francisco brings together authors from Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968–1978, their collection of bottom-up histories chronicling an awakening community, and contributors to, their digital archive of San Francisco history, to provide contextual history of the time period in which Lawrence Halprin and Anna Halprin were forging their paths and utopian ideas.

Author and media artist Jesse Drew speaks about the diversity of communal options that sprung up in urban and rural settings then. Nina Serrano, poet and storyteller, recalls participating in happenings with Anna Halprin and the improvisational landscape the Halprins were creating within. Lincoln Cushing, poster archivist, shows how the intersections of various social movements provided the fabric for cultural emergence. Chris Carlsson, author and historian, traces the arc of ecological awareness that moved from the early 20th century patrician conservation movement to the more left-leaning ecology movement that emerged in the wake of labor and anti-war upheavals during the early 1970s. Historian LisaRuth Elliott moderates the discussion.

In Partnership with Shaping SF

Not directly about current cohousing, but connects to roots of community. Event tickets via EventBrite:


Hippies in Powell and Hyde St. Phone Booth,

San Francisco, c. 1969

California Historical Society


April 20, 2016 at 6:00pm - 8pm


California Historical Society
678 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States
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Michele de la Menardiere Travis Wellman Patricia Mikkelson Evangeline Zhang Raines Cohen Rachel Brown Elizabeth Morris

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