Down by the Bay: San Francisco’s History Between the Tides

Lunchtime Talk with Historian Matthew Booker
Thursday, September 26, 2013
12:00 - 1:00 pm


Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building (Y2E2)
Room 300

473 Via Ortega
Stanford, CA 94305

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As part of our Fall Seminars on the West, the Bill Lane Center for the American West welcomes historian Matthew Booker as he discusses the role of nature in shaping Bay Area history. Dr. Booker is the author of the book Down by the Bay: San Francisco’s History Between the Tides, which was published this year by the University of California Press.

We regret that all spaces for this event have been filled.

From the publisher:

San Francisco Bay is the largest and most productive estuary on the Pacific Coast of North America. It is also home to the oldest and densest urban settlements in the American West. Focusing on human inhabitation of the Bay since Ohlone times, Down By The Bay reveals the ongoing role of nature in shaping that history. From birds to oyster pirates, from gold miners to farmers, from salt ponds to ports, this is the first history of the San Francisco Bay and Delta as both a human and natural landscape. It offers invaluable context for current discussions over the best management and use of the Bay in the face of sea level rise.

Lunch will be provided. Attendees are asked to please RSVP by Monday, September 23.


Matthew Morse Booker is Associate Professor of History at North Carolina State University. He was previously Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford and leads the Between the Tides project at Stanford’s Spatial History Lab, mapping San Francisco Bay's dynamic tidal margin.