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Saturday: Greyhounds, West Campus, and Waterless Basins: History of the Balboa Reservoir, 1894-1984​!”

Meeting of the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project
Saturday, February 10, 2018
NOTE EARLIER MEETING TIME: 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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Glen Canyon Park Recreation Center
70 Elk Street (just north of Chenery Street)
Multi-Purpose Room 1 (Just off the plaza at the building entrance)

Join us as we kick-off our first meeting of 2018 with a brief summary of some of the GPNHP accomplishments for 2017, followed by a timely presentation by Sunnyside resident Amy O’Hair entitled, “Greyhounds, West Campus, and Waterless Basins: History of the Balboa Reservoir, 1894-1984​!”

Afterwards, we will welcome John Blackburn, “the earthquake shack guy,” of the Bernal History Project as hhe presents, “Shaken But Not Stirred: The History of San Francisco’s Earthquake and Cottages!”
Ever wonder how our City responded to the 1906 earthquake and fire? How workers were housed, their families kept safe in stable housing while San Francisco got a solid footing to rebuild after this catastrophic event? “Earthquake shack camps” occupied many of our City parks, some of which have been turned into million dollar homes in various neighborhoods around the City. Can you imagine living a “tiny house” lifestyle and what it would be like to leave the comfort of your home for 140 square feet, a community kitchen with food ration tickets and a camp latrine in San Francisco’s climate?as he presents one of the most relevant and charmingly historical pieces of our City’s history – these adorable little earthquake shacks/cottages that forever left their mark on, and changed the way we think about, housing in San Francisco. They set a new tone in housing design and utilization that continues today in the “tiny house” and homeless housing movements. Smaller can be better …
Suggested Minimum Donation $10.00 to help support future GPNHP activities, or join the GPNHP ($15 per year per individual, $20 per household) and receive a pass to attend a future walking tour.
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Manzoni is the “Best of the Bay” Italian winner

Anyone in the neighborhood who steps in knows that Manzoni is a fantastic restaurant serving authentic Italian food. Clearly, we’re not the only ones.

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Glen Park’s Bernie Kelly has passed away

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Bernard Patrick KellyPassed away peacefully on December 6, 2017 at the age of 84. Bernard was born on August 2, 1933, the second of seven children of Irish immigrants Bernard and Mary Kelly. He is survived by his son John Kelly, his step-daughters Marsha Heckman, Cathy Obiedo, and Claudia Allin, his 13 Grand and Great- Grandchildren and his siblings Dolores Ernser, Walter Kelly, Kathleen Carouba and Thomas Kelly. He was preceded in death by his wife Diane Kelly and his sisters Susan Kennedy and Mary Hudson.

Born and raised in the Mission District of San Francisco, Bernard attended St. Paul’s Grammar School and graduated from Sacred Heart High School, class of 1951 – where he was a stand-out athlete. After high school, he spent two years in the U.S. Army before going to the University of California Berkeley on a baseball scholarship. As a star center fielder, Bernard was integral in helping the Bears win the 1957 College World Series, and was later signed by the St. Louis Cardinals. Bernard quickly rose through the Cardinals’ Minor League system – on his way to the Major Leagues when an injury prematurely ended his career.

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