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Mayor Breed has announced that San Francisco’s historic cable cars will begin running again the first week of August. To celebrate join biographer Taryn Edwards and Rick Laubscher president of Market Street Railway for a conversation about Andrew Smith Hallidie and the invention and the importance of the cable car to San Francisco’s history, development, character, and culture. Moderated by Matthew Félix.
Taryn Edwards is an historian and librarian for the Mechanics’ Institute of San Francisco. In addition to her professional duties she spends a lot of private time digging up history of the place and people associated with it. She is working on the life of Andrew Smith Hallidie and her research interests include San Francisco’s early libraries (there were lots!), industrial exhibitions and fairs, mechanics’ institutes worldwide, and the technological innovations that were born in the Bay Area. Find out more at tarynedwards.com
Rick Laubscher is a fourth generation San Franciscan, former journalist, and civic leader who currently serves as board chair of the Union Square Foundation and as President and CEO of Market Street Railway, an independent nonprofit group focused on preserving historic transit in San Francisco. He is the author of On Track: A Field Guide to San Francisco's Historic Streetcars and Cable Cars. More information on Market Street Railway's work at www.streetcar.org.
Matthew Félix is an author, podcaster, and speaker. On his Matthew Félix on Air and as Program Director and Host of the San Francisco Writers Conference podcast, he has interviewed NY Times bestselling authors, leaders of organizations such as LitQuake, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the Mill Valley Film Festival, and notable figures in fields as diverse as travel, health, and the environment. Matthew has also spoken about subjects ranging from creativity to podcasting to marketing for authors. Publishers Weekly’s BookLife Prize called Matthew’s debut novel, A Voice Beyond Reason, “(a) highly crafted gem,” and his latest book, Porcelain Travels, won Gold for Humor in the 2019 Readers’ Favorite Awards and was a Foreword INDIES Humor Book of the Year Award finalist.
Please email Taryn Edwards if you have any questions - [email protected]
Aug 10 - 5:00pm