Friday, January 25, 2013

Arader Galleries: "The Shaping of San Francisco: The Silver Age"

On January 23rd Mr. Charles Fracchia concluded his lecture series at Arader galleries with “The Shaping of San Francisco: The Silver Age”. Mr. Fracchia is a lifelong resident of San Francisco; he founded its historical society and is a dear friend to the gallery. Fracchia’s knowledge of San Francisco is seemingly limitless, and is considered an expert in his field. His broad knowledge of his subject along with childhood memories make for a well rounded trip through San Francisco’s rich cultural and architectural history.

In Tuesday’s lecture Fracchia lectured on what is known as San Francisco’s “Silver Age”; in 1859 silver was discovered in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, known as the "Comstock Lode". The Comstock Lode sparked a new economic and population boost to the City by the Bay, the effects of which are still felt even today.

Parkinson's Map of the Comstock Lode and Washoe Mining Claims
San Francisco: 1875

We love having education events such as Mr. Fracchia's lecture series here at Arader Galleries. They are an excellent way to dig deeper into history and serve to inform and entertain. We hope you can join us at our next event. Check our website to see when our next event will be held!

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