Mayor’s Office Prohibits San Francisco History Expo at the Old Mint
SFMHS has been informed by the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development that we are not permitted to hold the 5th Annual San Francisco History Expo at the Old Mint. The History Expo has been scheduled for February 28 – March 1.
Without the History Expo on that weekend, the Old Mint will be cold and dark, 55 neighborhood and local history organizations will not be able to show their exhibits in the beautiful historic rooms of the Old Mint, and the more than 3,500 members of the public expected to attend will not be able to enjoy the Old Mint and the many exhibits.
This decision to prohibit the Expo from taking place at the Old Mint has nothing to do with the Expo, but is rather related to SFMHS’s battle to retain control of the Old Mint and develop it as a museum of San Francisco history. The Expo, the affected organizations and the public should not be pawns in a battle in which they are not involved.
Mayor Ed Lee can reverse this decision by his staff. Please contact Mayor Lee and urge him to permit the History Expo to take place at the Old Mint. Contact information for Mayor Lee and a sample letter appears below. A printable PDF version can be downloaded here.
Honorable Edwin Lee, Mayor
City Hall, Room 200
1 Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
Dear Mayor Lee:
I am writing to request that the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society be permitted to hold the 5th Annual San Francisco History Expo at the Old Mint on February 28-March 1. Your Office of Economic and Workforce Development has informed SFMHS that the Expo is prohibited from taking place at the Old Mint.
Since its founding, the History Expo has taken place at the Old Mint. The 2014 Expo was the most successful yet and was attended by approximately 3,500 people. It is the venue for more than 55 local and neighborhood history organizations to provide information to the public about their activities and to display current exhibits about San Francisco history. It is an event that both the public and the exhibiting organizations look forward to and learn from.
A major part of the success of the Annual History Expo is its location in the Old Mint. The building itself is one of San Francisco’s greatest historical artifacts and the historical rooms are a wonderful setting for the various organizations to present and discuss our City’s incredible history.
Prohibiting the 5th Annual San Francisco History Expo from taking place at the Old Mint will disappoint the thousands of people who participate in and attend the event. Please direct your staff to allow the Expo to take place on February 28-March 1 at the Old Mint.
I would appreciate hearing back from you regarding your decision on this matter. So that planning for Expo can go forward in a timely way, please make your decision as soon as possible.
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The San Francisco History Expo is sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.