Podcast: Out of the Bars and into the Streets

By Paul VanDeCarr | November 18, 2008
Harvey Milk Photo by Daniel NicolettaHarvey Milk walks from his Castro Street camera shop to the steps of City Hall for his inauguration as San Francisco City Supervisor

In association with the new Inside Stories website, FilmInFocus presents an audio tour of Harvey Milk’s San Francisco featuring archival material and interviews with Milk’s friends and colleagues.

“Out of the Bars and into the Streets” is an audio walking tour about Harvey Milk and the rise of gay power in 1970s San Francisco. The tour goes from the site of Harvey Milk’s old camera shop at 575 Castro Street to San Francisco City Hall. The route is a mostly flat 1.75 miles, makes several stops along the way, and takes about 70 minutes. The tour includes original interviews with Harvey’s friends and colleagues Cleve Jones, Anne Kronenberg, and Dan Nicoletta, as well as archival audio of interviews, speeches, and protest marches to transport the listener to a dramatic time in gay political organizing. The route is the same as that of Harvey’s walk to his inauguration, the candlelight march after he was killed, and the protest after his killer’s sentencing. Start at 575 Castro Street. When you’re ready to begin, press play on your audio player, and the program will guide you from there. If you only have time or energy for an abbreviated tour, start at the northeast corner of Market St. and Van Ness Ave., at 50:20 on the audio program.

Download audio tour mp3 here

Download tour map here

Tour created by Paul VanDeCarr © 2008. Many thanks to interviewees Anne Kronenberg, Cleve Jones, Daniel Nicoletta, and narrator Jewelle Gomez. Big thanks for archival audio to Pacifica Radio Archives, KRON4 News Archives, Walter Caplan, David Lamble, Randy Shilts Papers at the San Francisco History Center, and for additional audio to Michael Kirchberger, David Hegarty, Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, CheerSF, Bebe Sweetbriar.  Thanks also to San Francisco Arts Commission, ParkerGuestHouse.com, George Rodgers, GLBTHistory.org.

For more audio tours and other information, visit Paul VanDeCarr's site, www.insidestories.info.

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