Oral history

The Oral History Group, which grew out of Rebuild Potrero Meetings, has started recording histories with current and former residents of Potrero Terrace and Annex. We hope to record more. We’ve enjoyed lunch many times with the Grandparents Club at the Family Resource Center and met people eager to tell their stories and share family photos. Former State Librarian and historian Kevin Starr has agreed to a video interview about his early years in the ’50s at 144 Dakota.

We hope the sharing of personal histories can help unite Potrero Hill.  — Peter Linenthal, director Potrero Hill Archives Project

Public Housing & Potrero Hill: A Timeline: The Public Housing on Potrero Hill’s south slopes is almost 70 years old. Because it will be entirely rebuilt in the next 11 years, the Potrero Hill Archives Project has been working with Rebuild Potrero to record oral histories of housing residents. For its first project, The Archives project partnered with its neighbor, BAYCAT, a nonprofit teaching media skills to underserved youth, to create a video, Potrero Hill & Public Housing: A Timeline. Read more >

Next project for the Oral History group: Villy Wang of BAYCAT and Peter Linenthal met with the Grandparents Club at the Family Resource Center at the Potrero Annex this April and asked what the next oral history project should be. Several members thought documenting how the Resource Center, Food Pantry, and Day Care Centers were started would be a good project. Stay tuned! Read more >