Beer author and historian, Bill Yenne to present the “History of Noe Valley” tonight

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
St. Philip’s Catholic Church, 725 Diamond (at 24th St.), Noe Valley, S.F.
Doors open at 7 p.m. / meeting begins at 7:30pm

A cable car at Castro and 26th streets in 1940. Photo courtesy of Bill Yenne and the Noe Valley Archives.

Bill Yenne is a 37-year resident of Noe Valley and the author of “San Francisco’s Noe Valley” and “San Francisco: Then and Now,” as well as more than six dozen nonfiction books and novels on a variety of topics, including history, popular culture, and transportation. You may know him best for his book “Guinness: The 250 Year Quest for the Perfect Pint”. He is also an acclaimed photographer and illustrator.

Bill is presenting a slideshow and talk that will include a host of previously unseen historical images. He will take people on a stroll through Noe Valley, from the site of the Gray Brothers quarry to 24th Street as it was, asking the provocative question “Who’s buried in Noe’s Tomb?” and helping us relive the great snowstorm of February 1976.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with refreshments and a S.F. historical book sale, while the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. sharp. There is a $5 admission for nonmembers. Limited parking in schoolyard (entrance on Elizabeth St.), but additional parking is available on surrounding streets. Muni: 24-Divisadero and 48-Quintara stop at Castro and 24th streets; 35-Eureka stops at Diamond and 24th streets.

I’ll be getting there around 7:20pm and we may have to nip down to the Tavern for a pint of Guinness afterwards with the author himself.


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