History Night


  In 2000, the Archives Project and The Potrero Hill Association of Merchants and Businesses cosponsored their first Potrero Hill History Night. It has become an annual event featuring interviews with long-time residents, videos, talks on Hill history by experts, and displays of historic photos and artifacts. This year’s 9th History Night featured sausages named after a Hill family, Jelenich kielbasa (available at Home Sausage Co. 1726 Mission St.), and interviews with born-on-the-hill members of Slovenian Hall and a former harbor master and long-time Mission Creek houseboat community resident. A special feature was a slide presentation on Dogpatch and Potrero Point by Dr. Natalie Wisniewski. Natalie is the board chairperson of S.F. Cityguides and has been leading walking tours of Dogpatch for years with Dr. Sina Ghaemmaghami.

History Night always draws a large crowd  to 655 De Haro, eager to hear about the neighborhood, and to make sure no mistakes are made in the telling of history! Goat Hill Pizza’s Philip DeAndrade (aka Goat Hill Phil) is the popular interviewer, here with Goodlife Grocery’s Lester Zeidman and Kayren Hudiburgh at History Night 2006 which focused on Potrero Hill businesses.

Potrero View’s Ruth Passen interviewed Potrero Hill Neighborhood House director Enola Maxwell at the first History Night in 2000.

Goat Hill Phil talked with June Poppin at a Potrero Hill History Night. June’s sister, Virginia Sustarich, was interviewed in 2008.

Potrero Hill History Night is cosponsored by the Potrero Hill Association of Merchants and Businesses and the Potrero Hill Archives Project, with the help of many neighborhood volunteers.



Jelenich kielbasa and Russian piroshki were served by Hill foodie volunteers while the Apollo Jazz Band swung.

Goat Hill Phil interviewed his Mission Creek Harbor neighbor, Kevin O’connell. Kevin described the early days of the houseboat community on Mission Creek. Louise Petrusich and Virginia Sustarich told Phil the ingredients in blood sausage and about growing up in Potrero Hill’s large Slovenian community.

International Studies Academy students (l-r) Vanessa Roy, Nick Aiello and Rebecca Lopez thanked the crowd for their contribution toward a trip to Paris 30 students will take this April. History Night donations raised more than $1000 towards this I.S.A. program and another $790 for the Archives Project. Thanks to all who generously donated!

A large, enthusiastic crowd filled the I.S.A. auditorium at 655 De Haro for History Night on October 25, 2008.

Janet Carpinelli helped pass Proposition D, a step towards the preservation of Pier 70s historic buildings, and had the latest information on the preservation of Dogpatch’s Blue Peter Building.

Potrero View editor Steve Moss and his wife Debbie Findling study historic aerial views of the neighborhood.

Dining al fresco at I.S.A.

Potrero Hill History Night 2012 will be      our 13th annual history night!!

Goodlife Grocery’s Kayren Hudiburgh and Jamaica Maxwell of the Potrero Hill Association of Merchants and Businesses get ready to sell tickets for dinner.

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