The Telegraph Hill Dwellers are sad to announce the passing of Vera Ransom, a 100-year-old resident of Telegraph Hill and a member of THD since the very beginning. Vera died peacefully on May 6, 2013 in San Francisco. She lived on Telegraph Hill for over 60 years, remaining in her flat on Montgomery Street until the end of her life because of the love, care and patience of her family and a strong circle of friends and neighbors. Read her obituary written by Carl Nolte in the SF Chronicle here.
Former THD President Jon Golinger had the chance to sit down with Vera last year to hear some of the wonderful stories of her colorful life in San Francisco, New York and Paris and how she came to meet her beloved husband Bob. You can read Jon’s Semaphore column about Vera, “Special People, Special Place,” by clicking here.
If you listen closely now at the top of Telegraph Hill, you may hear the wild parrots squawking “Vera, Vera” wondering where this treasure of Telegraph Hill has gone. She is surely off on her next grand adventure.
The 3rd annual San Francisco History Expo at the Old Mint on March 2 & 3, 2013 was a big success.
Here are some photographs of the Telegraph Hill Dwellers Exhibit Room, which featured a celebration marking the 200th issue of the THD Semaphore and a collection of photographs of the historic Coit Tower murals, which urgently need restoration, preservation, and protection.
Thanks to Jon Golinger, Catherine Accardi, Dennis Hearne, Tom Noyes, Scott Elliot, Elizabeth Ashcroft, and many other volunteers for donating their time and talents to make this year’s exhibit worthy of our special neighborhood.
An only-in-San Francisco story about 39-Coit bus driver “Geography John” was featured in Carl Nolte’s Sunday column in the San Francisco Chronicle. Thanks to Hill Dwellers Jill Felton and Glenn Kersey for writing in the Semaphore about their friend, John Nelson, who drove countless Hill residents around the neighborhood for many years on the 39 Coit. Nelson recently passed away, but will be long-remembered.
You can read the warm and colorful Chronicle column about “Geography John: a MUNI man in a million,” by clicking here.
Telegraph Hill film lovers know that a classic neighborhood movie was 1951′s “House on Telegraph Hill.” Directed by Robert Wise, the thriller with-a-twist was in shot in black and white with much of the filming taking place on top of the Hill.
Film lover Robby Cress has created a fascinating blog post detailing shot-by-shot key scenes in the film with photographs of how those places on the Hill and elsewhere in the city look today. Newcomers can see what we are missing with Speedy’s Market at Union & Montgomery no longer there (for now).
Click here to tour through the neighborhood through the eyes of “The House on Telegraph Hill.”
Download an electronic version of a recent edition of THD’s quarterly magazine, The Semaphore, here: Issue 200, Fall 2012 – Filbert Steps Gardner Gary Kray
Members of the Telegraph Hill Dwellers receive a copy of the Semaphore four times a year delivered to their door, updates on neighborhood activities and pressing issues, invitations to special cultural and social events, and much more.
Support our fabulous neighborhood and become a THD member today by clicking here: http://www.thd.org/join-now/
Founded in 1954, the Telegraph Hill Dwellers is one of the oldest, largest, and most widely respected neighborhood organizations in the nation. During its nearly six decades of existence, THD has led the way to celebrate, beautify, and protect San Francisco’s most unique and historic neighborhood.
Without the hard work and support of the volunteers and members of THD, Telegraph Hill and North Beach would be vastly different from the beloved and special places they are today.
Now, the THD Board is reaching out to our membership to ask you to join us in continuing this essential work!
We are looking for talented and dedicated individuals who would like to join the THD Board of Directors.
If you are a THD member and have been looking for the opportunity to make a difference in our community and put your skills to work in a way that will benefit the neighborhood at large, please contact the THD Board Nominating Committee, at email@example.com
Despite widespread opposition from North Beach and Telegraph Hill neighbors and merchants, MUNI continues to move forward with major construction work for the Central Subway on Columbus Avenue next to Washington Square. This construction is for a subway station 7 blocks away and will not result in any noticeable benefit to our neighborhood.
If this project proceeds as planned, it will be deeply disruptive to our neighborhood for years.
Read more about this and find out how to help by visiting our Transportation & Parking page here: THD Transportation & Parking Committee
Yes, we are already on the 5th year of this entertaining and artistic event, brought to you by the THD Art & Culture Committee. Spotlighting the neighborhood with its variety of artists and businesses, this event has grown more popular every year.
Participation is open to any creative person (famous or not!). Find your own exhibit location or ask for suggestions from A&C. Contact artandculture at thd dot org
Sign up online at artwalk.thd.org with PayPal, or download an application and send with your check. Applications are also accepted in person at The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno Alley off of Grant Ave (take a turn at the Saloon). Call to verify they are open @ 415.500.2323 before stopping by.
Hope you can join us!