Ten Lions opens its door with a roar


 TEN LIONS: A community space and bookstore 

San Francisco, CA (February 26, 2012) – The California Historical Society (CHS) and Heyday today launched Ten Lions, a new bookstore and community space at CHS in San Francisco. Ten Lions features key Heyday titles that focus on California’s myriad stories as well as locally crafted items from Bay Area artisans. The partnership will also include curated monthly events and discussions on topics as diverse as the literary history of the Bay Area, Civil Liberties and Social Justice, and the emergence and development of the Silicon Valley.

The two organizations have had a close working relationship for over twenty years, including cofounding the California Historical Society Press, copublishing books such as Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience, now in its seventh printing, and co-operating on several exhibits such as At Work: The Art of California Labor, and co-hosting a number of public events.

Anthea Hartig and Malcolm Margolin

Anthea Hartig and Malcolm Margolin

When first envisioning the space, Heyday’s publisher and executive director Malcolm Margolin said, “The physical space should be high quality, artistic, alive, intelligent, with a sense of fun and beauty…I want someone walking into it to feel excited, stimulated, and alive.”

The CHS/Heyday partnership and launch of Ten Lions comes in conjunction with large-scale remodeling of the building, a rebranding process, and the opening of “A Wild Flight of the Imagination: The Story of the Golden Gate Bridge,” in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the completion of the iconic orange span.

On naming the space Ten Lions, CHS Executive Director Anthea Hartig remarks, “In Ancient Greece, the figure of the lion protome was the traditional guardian of the dwellings and belongings of both the living and the dead. Ten lions now guard our building, our archives, our people, our history, our future, and our community store at 678 Mission Street in San Francisco.”



Ten Lions store hours and information can be found at www.californiahistoricalsociety.org, by emailing info@calhist.org, or by calling 415-357-1848.