Gold Mountain, Big City: Ken Cathcart's 1947 Illustrated Map of San Francisco's Chinatown | Mechanics' Institute

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Gold Mountain, Big City: Ken Cathcart's 1947 Illustrated Map of San Francisco's Chinatown
presented by Jim Schein

This event has been produced in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Memory, producer of San Francisco History Days.

This event will be conducted via Zoom. Click here to register.

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Join us for a virtual and vividly illustrated presentation of Jim Schein's new book about Ken Cathcart's 1947 illustrated map of San Francisco's Chinatown. The map in book form provides viewers with a unique opportunity to experience the history of Chinatown through a new, immersive lens. Each quadrant of Cathcart's map - which doubles as a guide for explorers of the book - is supplemented by never-before-seen black-and-white photographs and meticulous research. Gold Mountain, Big City drops the reader into a world of curious characters, revealing a glimpse of the immigration story so universal to America in both its celebratory aspects and its darkness. Celebrated as a visually noteworthy new book for 2020 by the New York Times, Gold Mountain, Big City comes with an folding edition of the map in a rear pocket.

Jim Schein lives in San Francisco and is the owner and operator of Schein & Schein Old Maps Store along with his wife, Marti Schein.

Books available through Alexander Book Company.

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