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Bernal Heights Earthquake Shacks Walking Tour followed by Ice-Cream Social at BH Library

Bernal Heights Preservation, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Bernal Heights Branch Library

Walking Tour
Two original 1906 earthquake shacks are still lived in at 43 Carver Street in Bernal Heights are the start of the Bernal Heights Preservation Walk. Original inhabitants of these two houses is still alive and have remarkable memories! One will share old photos of her parents, the many memories she holds, and artifacts from the house. The shacks are in their original condition (see earthquake shack photos -- past and present -- in the outside display windows at Goodlife Grocery on Cortland Avenue.

Bernal Heights has more than 600 homes built or moved in 1906, and has the largest concentration of surviving earthquake shacks in San Francisco. Bernal Heights Preservation (BHP) gathered information on many of the homes and enlists their owners to discuss historical significance during the guided walking tour.

Ice-Cream Social
The ice-cream social event at the Bernal Heights (BH)library that follows the walking tour features historical photographs, maps, and other archival items from Bernal Heights homes that survived the earthquake. We also hope to invite Bernal residents to take part in an informal discussion on the history of our neighborhood.

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Saturday, April 22, 2006
Walking tour: 11 am
Ice-cream social: 2 pm


11 am Walking Tour starting location:
43 Carver Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Walk ends south of Cortland Avenue

2 pm Ice-cream Social location:
Bernal Heights Branch Library
500 Cortland Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110


Celebrating the refugee homes, or "earthquake shacks," which were built immediately following the earthquake, and which have remained an important cultural icon of the 1906 earthquake ever since.


General public. Free event.


Vicky Walker, (415) 285-8978

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