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Walking Tour: Unspeakable Vice. Public Tickets $30, SFHS Members $10

Join this unique tour, which explores the early history of gay and lesbian culture in San Francisco. Find out why North Beach was a vitally important hub for the gay community! Tours are led by Shawn Sprocket. Tour dates: (7/15), 8/12) & 9/16


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Unspeakable Vice: Queer North Beach Before the Castro

In Person

You must be 21 years old to attend. Select your tour date from the "Ticket/Donate!" link on registration page. Tours are approximately 90 minutes and start from the San Francisco Historical Society Museum located at 608 Commercial Street. Tickets are limited to 20 on a first-come, first-serve basis. In case or rain, tour will be rescheduled. There are several parking garages nearby along with public transportation options.


























Unspeakable Vice:
Queer North Beach Before the Castro



















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Starting at the San Francisco Historical Society, we’ll zig zag our way by more than a dozen lost queer bars, concluding with a round of drinks at the site an infamous lesbian hook-up spot on Grant. Hear how the “unspeakable vice” of the Victorians found its place and, through the process, gained a voice.

Starts at 608 Commercial St. and ends at Maggy McGary’s pub at 1353 Grant Ave in North Beach. This exciting new tour includes a free drink at Maggy McGary's, included in the tour price.

Must be 21 year old to attend. Limit 1 free drink per guest.

Tours led by expert, Shawn Sprockett

Tour Dates & Times:

Saturday, August 12th @ 11AM
Saturday, September 16th @ 11AM

**** Additional Tour Information ***

General public admission, $30 per person (non-members) and includes one alcoholic beverage -Additional donations at checkout are always appreciated and keep the ticket price low.

Members, $10 with discount code. Check your SF History E-newsletter, which goes out the first week of every month, for the membership code. Apply at check-out.

Tour length: Approximately 90 minutes

Maximum attendees: 20 people

In case of rain, tour will be rescheduled
































About the San Francisco Historical Society



































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The San Francisco Historical Society exists to uncover, preserve, and present, in engaging ways, the colorful and diverse history of our city from its earliest days to the present. We do this through our publications, Panorama and The Argonaut; in-person and virtual walking tours; monthly history presentations; numerous educational programs for young people, and through our free museum.

Our museum exhibits feature intriguing artifacts and stories from San Francisco’s history. The museum is located at 608 Commercial Street in downtown San Francisco, on the site of the first branch mint in the West.

The San Francisco Historical Society was founded by renowned San Francisco historian Charles Fracchia in 1988. In 2006 the administration of Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. granted the stewardship of the Old Mint at Fifth and Mission Streets to SFHS. That stewardship lasted for ten years. In 2019 SFHS moved into its permanent home, the site of the first Branch Mint in the West at 608 Commercial Street in the heart of San Francisco’s historic core. The SFHS Museum is the new center for administration, exhibits, presentations, and educational programs, and is also available as a venue for events.

The San Francisco Historical Society is a registered 503(c) nonprofit with tax id#68-010488.












































































































































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