Barbary Coast Walking Tour

Saturday Nov 19 2016   12:00 PM
  814 Mission St, San Francisco, CA  map

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Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus will present the fascinating story behind the publication of prostitute Alice Smith’s memoir in 1913 San Francisco—now republished as Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute—, all while leading tour participants through San Francisco’s historic Barbary Coast vice district. This tour is sure to enlighten all those curious about vice, social geography, and the history of feminism in San Francisco.

The tour begins at the historic offices of the San Francisco Bulletin in San Francisco’s downtown district and ends at City Lights Books in North Beach, where a reception with light refreshments will follow.

Comfortable shoes and layered clothing are highly recommended. The content of the talk may not be appropriate for small children. The walk itself will be appropriate for those of most fitness levels, as there are no significant hills or staircases.

For more information visit Ivy and Devon’s website.

Devon Angus is an artist, activist, and historian based in San Francisco. He composed and performed a conceptual folk operetta based on San Francisco history, The Ghosts of Barbary, throughout the Bay Area, Switzerland, and Italy. He organized and published a series of oral histories of immigrants in the Catskills region, and was the recipient of an arts grant through the New York State Council on the Arts for his show Songs and Stories of Old New York. Angus is currently pursuing a history M.A. at San Francisco State University.

Ivy Anderson is a San Francisco–based writer who focuses on issues of ecology and radical history. Her reportage on water management issues was published in Water Efficiency Magazine and and her poetry in Poecology. She holds a B.A. in environmental studies with a minor in geography, runs a community garden, and is on the board of a bookstore collective in San Francisco.