LITTLE ISLAND - BIG IDEAS
A Free Lecture Series on the
Past, Present and Future of Treasure Island
Presented by the Treasure Island Museum Association
Join a festive celebration of the Golden Gate International Exposition’s Diamond Jubilee with personal memories from author Richard Reinhardt, GGIE employee Marie Giannini, fair attendee Claire Isaacs Wahrhaftig and others. We’ll have stories, exhibits, and a place to display your memorabilia. If you went to the fair, worked or played there, please come and let us hear your voices! If you missed the fair, meet the people who created and experienced it.
The lecture series is presented on Treasure Island, in historic Building One, on a Saturday at 10:30 am (except March and May).
February 15 will be a celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate International Exposition on February 18, 1939. The March, April and May lectures will continue the theme of the fair.
15: Happy 75th, Magic City!
memories of the Golden Gate International Exposition
12: Architect of Pacific Unity: How
Timothy Pflueger shaped the art and architecture of the GGIE
17: Let’s Go to the Fair!
you were here? Picture
postcards transport you back to the 1939-40 Golden Gate International Exposition.
June 21: Expanding By Shrinking to Meet Wartime Manpower:
Case Study on the Bay
Register for the series to be notified when future lectures are scheduled.
Treasure Island is easily accessible by bus or car. Free parking in front of Building One, the large semicircular building on the right just inside the main gate.
"Little Island - Big Ideas" is presented by the Treasure Island Museum Association with support from the Treasure Island Development Authority and The Winery - SF on Treasure Island.
February 15 Happy 75th, Magic City! Join a festive celebration of the Golden Gate International Exposition’s Diamond Jubilee with personal memories from Richard Reinhardt, Claire Isaacs Wahrhaftig and others. We’ll have stories, exhibits, and a place to display your memorabilia. If you went to the fair, worked or played there, please come and let us hear your voices! If you missed the fair, meet the people who created and experienced it.March 1 (3 pm at S.F. History Expo, The Old Mint, 5th and Mission) On the Ropes: Political Ideology and the WPA at Treasure Island How unique are today's Washington culture wars? In the late 1930's, resurgent Republican power in Congress endangered many New Deal programs including the Works Progress Administration. The WPA played a major role in the creation of the Golden Gate International Exposition, and in 1940 fought back with a public relations campaign to tell the public what it was getting for its money. Speaker: Gray Brechin, historical geographer, author and scholar
Architect of Pacific Unity Timothy Pflueger had the most lasting influence among the architects for the fair, and his Federal Building was one of its most modern designs. He worked with Ralph Stackpole and other local artists and sculptors to design the iconic Court of Pacifica, and hired Diego Rivera, a key attraction to the unusual Art in Action exhibition.
Speaker: Therese Poletti, author of “Art Deco San Francisco: The Architecture of Timothy Pflueger”
May 17 Let’s Go to the Fair! (10:30 am in The Winery SF, behind Building One) Stunning postcards and brochures from the GGIE carry you back to the Magic City on Treasure Island in 1939 and 1940. Tour the gardens and sculptures, exhibit halls, and the amusement zone. Let these ephemera from the past lead you through Billy Rose's Aquacade, Sally Rand's Nude Ranch, "Art in Action," exotic foreign pavilions and other fabulous attractions. Speaker: Kathryn Ayres, vice president of the San Francisco Bay Area Post Card Club
June 21 Expanding By Shrinking to Meet Wartime Manpower During World War II, the Treasure Island Naval Base stockades and psychiatric ward bore witness to the first stirrings of a 70 year evolution in military policy toward gays. Psychiatric practices screened out, then hospitalized, discharged or even assigned "homosexuals" rather than punishing and imprisoning them. Visual culture from the period and psychiatric and popular assumptions and prejudices illuminate the impact of the war effort and psychiatry on society's attitudes towards an emerging minority identity. Speaker: David Duckworth, historian and author on American visual culture.
Dates and times are subject to change. To keep informed, please register.
Please register for the lecture series. It's optional, but will help us plan for enough seating and let you know about additional lectures and last minute changes.