San Francisco history, from the lawless Gold Rush era to the Beatnik culture of the ’60s (and everything in between), is thrilling. For just one weekend, the San Francisco History Expo takes over the Old Mint and transforms it into a series of mini museums, meaning you can finally figure out what those Freemasons over at the Henry W. Coil Museum were up to, and the S.F. Fire Department obliges with a historic fire truck. Other highlights include the Bernal History Project’s great photo collection and archives that are so rarely open to the public, including the Irish American History Archive and the Greek Historical Society. Between the Jewish Genealogy Society and the California Genealogical Society, you may just clear up those gaps in your family history. For those more interested in the life aquatic, there are too many maritime options to list. Today, check out films and presentations on the cable cars and the Golden Gate International Exhibition; look at the city through Magic Lantern slides; and take the kids, or be one of them, at the storytelling hour. On Sunday, the California Audiovisual Preservation Project shows selections from the California Light and Sound Collection, and Kurt Weitzman makes the historical hysterical.
March 2-3, 11 a.m., 2013