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Any City That Doesn't Have a Tenderloin Isn't a City at All

  • Congregation Sherith Israel 2266 California st San Francisco United States (map)

San Francisco History Association leads you through this city's colorful history with talks and slide shows given by guest speakers selected from the Bay Area's diverse arts and literary community. For this event, TLM Executive Director Katie Conry has been invited to speak about the Tenderloin!

Doors open at 7 p.m. with refreshments and a historical book sale; presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 admission for nonmembers.

TenderloinMuseum celebrates the rich history of one of San Francisco's most misunderstood neighborhoods. The 31 blocks of theTenderloindistrict are the beating heart of the city peopled by immigrants and iconoclasts, artists and activists, sinners and saints. When you visit theTenderloinMuseum today, you encounter a kaleidoscopic American city in all its grit and glory.

Katie Conry has served as theTenderloinMuseum’s executive director since 2016. When the museum opened its doors in July 2015, Conry served as its program director with a dynamic vision for neighborhood-centric, diverse programs that bring people together from all walks of life, and since becoming executive director, she has cemented the museum's identity as a destination for community-based, historically inspired arts programs. In 2018, she led TLM’s premiere of two major, critically-acclaimed performance projects: the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot play and the Tender aerial dance with Flyaway Productions. Katie has also held positions at the California Academy of Sciences, the Exploratorium, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.


The San Francisco History Association is a group dedicated to remembering our City's colorful past, and to celebrating its rich culture today.

History of the SFHA 

The San Francisco History Association was founded almost accidentally in July, 1982, after a group of collectors met at the first San Francisco Fair at the Moscone Center. While exhibiting their San Francisco history collections at the three-day event, these collectors started chatting about their mutual interest in SF's history. They decided to form a group, The San Francisco History Collectors Association, to share historical tales and information on collecting historical artifacts.

Over the years, however, the Collectors Association began to grow, attracting members interested in general San Francisco history rather than specifically collecting. These history buffs respectfully requested the group drop "Collectors" from the organization's name. When the group agreed, it became the San Francisco History Association we know and love today.

In 2017 SFHA is now celebrating its 35th year, with a dedicated membership passionately involved in preserving, restoring, and remembering San Francisco's history.