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The Story Of San Francisco’s Old Mint: A Free Virtual Program From The Museum Of The San Ramon Valley


Date(s) – 07/15/2021
11:30 am – 12:30 pm


The Story of the Old Mint in San Francisco: A Free virtual program from the Museum of the San Ramon Valley

On July 15 at 11:30 the Museum of the San Ramon Valley’s Third Thursday Program will offer a free virtual presentation on the Old Mint in San Francisco.

The museum is proud to have Katherine Petrin an Architectural Historian and Preservation Planner in private practice in San Francisco, California, her hometown as our speaker. Katherine currently serves as the Project Manager for the planning phase of the U.S. Old Mint Restoration Project in collaboration with the California Historical Society and the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

To say that the Old Mint is an interesting and historic building would be an understatement. Consider the following. The Mint was the built-in 1874. It was the first Federal building in San Francisco. California had only been a state or 24 years! The construction of the mint was a large step to make Californians feel part of the nation. It was a source of great pride to the young state.

The mint exceeded all expectations as can be seen in 1837 when the US produced $83M in gold and silver coins. $50M of which came out of the SF mint.

In 1906 it was the only financial institution to survive the earthquake. It opened (under armed guard) 3 days later. This saved the city from economic chaos.

In the 1930s 30% of the United States gold reserves were held in the mints ground floor safe.

Katherine will also discuss the future of this historic irreplaceable building.

Please join us for an interesting and entertaining discussion on the history and future of San Francisco’s Old Mint at 5th and Mission Streets, a designated National Historic Landmark.

To attend this free online presentation please visit our website at museumsrv.org and go to the Events section or call 925 837-3750.

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is located at 205 Railroad Ave Danville CA 94526. The museum is now open. Our hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10-1 Sunday 12-3.


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