FIELD TALK #1 <<< The Street Where He Lived: An Illustrated History of Emperor Norton's Commercial Street
What do you call a single-site exploration that's a cross between a field trip and an historical walking tour?
We're calling it a Field Talk.
Join The Emperor's Bridge Campaign as we kick off this occasional series with a visit to the block of Commercial Street, between Montgomery and Kearny Streets, in San Francisco, where Emperor Norton lived from 1863 until he died in 1880.
FIELD TALK #1 <<< The Street Where He Lived
An Illustrated History of Emperor Norton's Commercial Street
Sunday 22 March from 4 to 5 p.m.
Gather at the southwest corner of
Kearny & Commercial Streets
After a brief introduction at Kearny and Commercial, we'll move to the sidewalk across from Empire Park, at 648 Commercial (between Kearny and Montgomery).
The talk starts at 4 p.m. sharp. Please be prompt.
We'll look at the general evolution of the block and its neighborhood from the Emperor's time until today.
We'll do a "close read" of the history of the site where the Emperor slept — from the site's days as host to the Eureka Lodgings, the imperial residence from 1863 to 1880; to its brief stint as home one of the country's preeminent fine printing presses; to its presentation incarnation as the privately owned Empire Park.
We also will explore the relationship of the Eureka site to its next-door neighbors — on one side, the site of another boarding house, where Emperor Norton read his morning papers; on the other; the site of the Morning Call newspaper, where Samuel Clemens, soon to be better known as Mark Twain, had a desk in the summer of 1864.
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Afterward, we'll adjourn for liquid refreshments and a nibble — possibly to Comstock Saloon, a few blocks away, where a statue of the Emperor with a terrific story of its own presides over the bar.
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This Field Talk will include a handout of archival photographs and drawings of a selection of the sites and buildings we'll be discussing.
Sliding-scale donation of $5-10 is requested. No one will be turned away.
Please join us!!!
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