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Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Thursday, November 14th, 6:00 pm
Book Passage at the Ferry Building
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111

Friday, November 15th, 7:00 pm
Towne Center Books
555 Main Street, Pleasanton, California 94566
Topic - San Francisco's Playland at the Beach: The Golden Years

Thursday, December 5th, 7:00 pm
Books Inc. in the Marina
2251 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 415.931.3633

Saturday, December 14th, 2:00 pm
Book Barn
640 Clovis Ave, Clovis, CA 93612
Topics —
o San Francisco's Lost Landmarks Land's End
o San Francisco's Playland at the Beach: The Golden Years

When not researching or writing, Jim enjoys the opportunity to share what he has learned through speaking engagements and research tours. The speaking engagements lend themselves to graphic presentations, illustrating the history of San Francisco. The topics include:
  • Mid-nineteenth Century Tour of San Francisco
  • San Francisco Amusements
  • San Francisco Hosts Three Worlds Fairs
  • San Francisco, a Perpetual Party
The following San Francisco Genealogical and Historical Research Tours are available for groups consisting of eight to twelve participants.
  • San Francisco Civic Center - 6+ hours
  • Sutro Library - 2 hours + support
For information about booking a speaking engagement or tour, please email James R. Smith at

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