Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fall Program at Sutro Library

Adolph Sutro
Sutro Library, the San Francisco (and genealogy) branch of the California State Library, will have two evening programs this fall, to be held on the last Thursdays of September and October.  The featured speakers are two National Park Service experts who will share their knowledge of Adolph Sutro:

September 29, 2011
Grounds for Pleasure: The Archaeology of Adolph Sutro's "Merry Way" Amusement Park
Speaker:  Leo Barker, National Park Service Archaeologist

October 27, 2011
My Family Experiences Working at Sutro Baths
Speaker:  Tom Bratton, National Park Service Docent

Both programs are free and open to the public.  Receptions with light refreshments will begin both evenings at 7:00 p.m.; the lectures will start at 7:30 p.m.

Sutro Library is at 480 Winston Drive, San Francisco.  For more information, contact Sutro Library at (415) 731-4477 or

A flyer is posted online at

These could be the last talks focused on Adolph Sutro.  Next year the holdings of Sutro Library are scheduled to be integrated into those of the California State University at San Francisco library, and Sutro Library will be no more.  The building and land are valuable and ripe for development.  Accessibility will probably become an issue, because parking at Cal State San Francisco is difficult at best.  The situation reminds me of what has happened to the holdings of the Judah L. Magnes Museum, now the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, part of Bancroft Library at the University of California.

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