Digging Deep

Did you know that the San Francisco Public Library actually sits on top of an ancient Gold Rush era cemetery and the original City Hall, destroyed by the 1906 earthquake?

Discover what else you may be standing above as the San Francisco Public Library presents an exhibit of the archeological remains from our city’s rich history, now until April 18th, 2013.

If you haven’t seen this great exhibit yet, allow the Reader’s Review to quench your thirst for knowledge with our picks of the best movies and books about historic San Francisco. All titles can be found at the San Francisco Public Library!

1.    “San Francisco” (1936)
The handsome Clark Gable and the talented Jeanette MacDonald star in this musical drama set in 1906, right before the earthquake that rattled the city (and their love.)

2.    “How the West Was Won” (1962)
This epic western follows the adventures of two migrant families traveling westward in search of our city’s riches and the Sierra’s glorious gold.

3.    Earthquake Days  by David Burkhart
Do you like to look at just the pictures? This colorful and detailed picture book is a great source of knowledge for anyone unfamiliar with the 1906 earthquake that would change our city forever.

4.    “Escape From Alcatraz” (1979)
No one could ever escape right? Try telling that to Clint Eastwood (also a Bay Area native) in this dramatization of one of the most notorious (and true!) prison escapes of all time.

5.    “Milk” (2008)
Sean Penn (another Bay Area native) plays Harvey Milk in this Oscar-winning biopic about our city’s famed political leader.

6.    Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
Selected to be a member in Oprah’s notorious book club, this epic work of fiction follows a young Chilean girl on her quest to find her lost love on the perilous peaks of the Sierra Nevadas.

7.    The Age of Gold (2002) by H.W. Brands
“I’ve found it”! In this piece of non fiction, these jubilant words help change a man’s destiny in the course of a minute.

8.    Narratives of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906  edited by Roger W. Lotchin
This All-star historian novelist traces the strife and struggles of those affected by the 1906 quake in this collection of narratives.

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