A Free Lecture Series on the

Past, Present and Future of Treasure Island

Presented by the Treasure Island Museum


Next lecture:  
With Two Feet on the Ground: 
Labor and the Building of Treasure Island

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 10:30 am, Bullding One, Treasure Island

As Treasure Islandís sustainable redevelopment nears, find out what it takes to bring green technology to a prison power plant constructed back when TI was still a shoal beneath the Bay...  more ...


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"Little Island - Big Ideas" continues:

The lecture series is presented on Treasure Island, in historic Building One (except as noted), on a Saturday at 10:30 am.

Register for the series to be notified as lectures are scheduled.

Treasure Island is easily accessible by bus or car.  Free parking in front of Building One, the large semicircular building on the right just inside the main gate.

While you're here that day, visit Treasure Island Flea!

"Little Island - Big Ideas" is presented by the Treasure Island Museum Association with support from the Treasure Island Development Authority and The Winery - SF on Treasure Island.

July 25 With Two Feet on the Ground: Labor and the Building of Treasure Island 

How to build an island in San Francisco Bay in the 1930s? Explore the matrix of laborers and unions, tasks, equipment, technologies, sponsoring agencies and corporate enterprises, and come to understand the challenges and achievements of labor in realizing this visionary project.

Laborers and unions, tasks and equipment, technologies and labor requirements, sponsoring agencies and corporate enterprises are explored as a matrix within which to understand the challenges and achievements of labor in this particular man-made project. (Photo courtesy SF History Center, SF Public Library.)

David Duckworth is a San Francisco-based cultural historian who has been documenting 20th century American culture through the art, artifacts and expressions of its age. Mr. Duckworth presented at the Treasure Island Museum on June 21, 2014 with the topic, Gay America: Transformed by World War II. This lecture coincides with LaborFestís twenty-first year of presenting programs on labor and culture. For further information, visit and

Sept. 26    Treasure Island: Creating a Livable Future

Learn how Treasure Islandís acclaimed redevelopment plan, built on a historic foundation of innovation and forward-thinking vision, will be a global model for sustainability in a new century.  As construction is about to begin on the latest reinvention of Treasure and Yerba Buena Islands, examine what it means to live in a climate changed world and how this project can help light a path toward a thriving and sustainable future.

Tom Schueneman is the founder of and a freelance environmental writer and journalist.  He participated in an Earthwatch expedition researching permafrost in the Canadian Arctic and covered European climate issues including the 2008 COP15 Climate Conference in Copenhagen.

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