Quotable San Francisco

Quotable San Francisco

Historic Moments in Memorable Words

Terry Hamburg, Richard Hansen


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San Francisco surged from hamlet to boomtown overnight--the most meteoric "instant city" in history. From the Gold Rush to the Tech Rush, it's been the site of daring innovations, counterculture upheavals and social rebellions that shaped generations. Over the decades, residents have offered unique perspectives through journals, letters and newspapers, their words bringing another time to life. Discover San Francisco through the eyes of miners and "ladies of the night." Relive the experiences of robber barons and beatniks who flourished in a tiny corner of the world with fewer than one million souls. With commentary, background and extraordinary images, historians Terry Hamburg and Richard Hansen guide you through these colorful quotes, showing the city as it once was and what it aspired to be.


Terry Hamburg:

Terry Hamburg was trained as a historian, completing graduate studies at the University of Michigan and Cambridge University. After a brief foray as a hippie and political activist, he became an antiques dealer in San Francisco. Terry finally found his calling as the director of the Heritage Foundation at Cypress Lawn Cemetery, a place rich in California history and art. He oversees and conducts tours and lectures, plans special events and writes a newsletter and blog articles.


For more than fifty years, Richard Hansen has been researching and documenting San Francisco and California history. In collaboration with his mother, onetime city archivist Gladys Hansen, they became world-renowned experts on the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, fire and epidemic--especially on those who died during the disasters. Today, he remains active in many San Francisco historical organizations and is the founder and driving force behind the virtual museum (www.sfmuseum.org).