Meet Matilda Bancroft: A Performance and Book Event with Kim Bancroft

Thursday May 08 2014   6:00 PM
Mechanics’ Institute Library, 4th Floor Meeting Room  57 Post St., San Francisco, CA  map

Kim Bancroft portrays her great-great-grandmother, Matilda Bancroft, in a performance based on the book Literary Industries: Chasing a Vanishing West by Hubert Howe Bancroft. This new publication is an abridged edition by Kim Bancroft with foreword by Kevin Starr. In this Chautauqua-like presentation, Kim Bancroft will arrive in Victorian attire as Matilda and discuss her husband’s work as a businessman, collector, and historian. “Mrs. Bancroft” will provide H.H.’s story from her perspective as his wife and colleague behind the scenes in addition to being the mother of their large family and manager of the estate.

Members $10, public $20; for more information visit

Kim BancroftKim Bancroft is a longtime teacher turned editor and writer. She earned a B.A. in English from Stanford, an M.A. in English and a teaching credential from San Francisco State University, and a doctorate in education from UC Berkeley. She has taught at various high schools and community colleges in the Bay Area, at the Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico, and at Sacramento State. Kim has edited several books, including Ariel: A Memoir by Ariel Parkinson; The Morning the Sun Went Down by Darryl Wilson; and Ruth’s Journey: A Survivor’s Memoir, by Ruth Glasberg Gold. She lives in Willits, California, in a redwood forest and enjoys the nouveau-Thoreau challenges and opportunities of life in a small cabin with a satellite dish on top. She is the great-great-granddaughter of Hubert Howe Bancroft. Read her blog, "Urban Woman's Guide Back to the Land," here: