Enhance your trip to San Francisco Chinatown with one of our educational programs. These programs provide an in-depth exploration of the galleries at the Chinese Historical Society of America, while utilizing Chinatown as an educational learning space.
Listed below are the types of programming that we offer. All programs are about an hour long. (Programs can be modified and extended if desired; price would adjust accordingly).
Docent Tour: Docents guide visitors through the museum’s main exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion. They provide visitors with an in-depth explanation of the historical events that led to the Chinese Exclusion Act and the various avenues that Chinese immigrants and Chinese Americans used to navigate their circumstances. Docents will use the exhibition’s artifacts, documents, and illustrations to engage visitors senses and imagination. The tours lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Tours are available for groups 10 or more. Individual tours are capped at 30 people. Bigger groups will be divided. This process ensures a safe and engaging tour for everyone. If you are an individual or part of a small party, we offer docent tours to the general public the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. You can reserve a spot here.
Trailblazers Tours (available starting January 2019): This tour explores the history of Chinese immigrant and Chinese American women in San Francisco’s Chinatown. For much of Chinatown’s history, men predominated the landscape which rendered women invisible. This tour will bring light to the women who worked, lived, and prospered in the neighborhood, acknowledging their importance to Chinese American, immigrant, and women’s history writ-large. The tour will feature the Chinatown YWCA (CHSA building), Gum Moon Women’s Residence Center, Cameron House, the Chinatown Telephone Exchange building, and other important landmarks in women’s history. People will visit up to 10 different sites in Chinatown that have historical, social, and/or cultural significance. The tour lasts 90 minutes to 2 hours.
Chinatown Tour: Through storytelling and engagement of the senses, this walking tour explores the oldest Chinatown in the United States. Participants will learn about the historic and cultural development of the community, the reasons behind Chinatown’s distinctive architecture, and the social significance of the neighborhood.The goal is for participants to connect present-day Chinatown to the past. The tour will feature up to 12 historic sites including the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, YMCA, Grant Avenue, and Portsmouth Square. The tour lasts 90 minutes to 2 hours.
Walking tours are available for groups 10 or more. Individual tours are capped at 30 people. Bigger groups will be divided. This process ensures a safe and engaging tour for everyone.
Workshop Facilitation: Groups will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop in which a specific topic/theme will be explored. After the workshop, individuals will have the opportunity to explore how the topic/theme presents itself in the gallery. The current themes that we have are listed below: