Monday, June 1, 2009

AUDIO TOUR: GEORGE MOSCONE'S CITY HALL

ABOUT GEORGE MOSCONE: George Moscone was a San Francisco supervisor, a California state senator, and finally mayor of San Francisco from January 1976 until November 1978, when he was killed in City Hall. His work is often overshadowed by that of gay rights activist and city supervisor Harvey Milk, who was killed along with Moscone. Who was Moscone? Learn more about this native son of San Francisco who fought Gov. Ronald Reagan over the closing of mental hospitals, stewarded the nation's first gay rights law through the California state senate, got the convention center built that now bears his name, and led San Francisco during one of its most turbulent and fascinating eras.
ABOUT THE TOUR: Below, listen online or download the free audio file to listen on your audio player. The tour is 35 minutes long, and is meant to be listened to inside San Francisco City Hall, though it can be listened to anywhere. The program features original interviews with Moscone's family and colleagues, as well as archival audio of Moscone himself. It's not just about Moscone, but more broadly about what it takes to govern San Francisco. The tour covers a fairly loose route: the listener is directed to stop at a few key points in City Hall, but should otherwise stroll around this beautiful building at his/her leisure.
TOUR FLYER: Download the flyer for the tour here.
TOUR AUDIO: Available on iTunes. Or click below to listen online, or right-click or option-click to download the mp3 file and listen on your audio player (iPod, Zune, Sansa, etc.)
DEDICATION: This tour is dedicated to Owen Moscone, a grandson of Mayor Moscone who died in October 2008. Please consider supporting pediatric cancer research by donating to the Owen Moscone Foundation. More information and an address are available at Owen's obituary, here.
CREDITS: Tour created by Paul VanDeCarr. Many thanks to interviewees Willie Brown, Corey Busch, Belva Davis, Dianne Feinstein, Chris Moscone, Dick Sklar. Big thanks also to Jonathan Moscone, Shirley Gutierrez, Kevin O'Connor of Elevation, Barbara Taylor of KCBS, Ellen Schumer – City Hall Historian and Docent Tour Program Manager, Rohan Lane and San Francisco City Hall Building Management, the San Francisco History Center, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Inclusion of this recording of “Thou, Lord, Our Refuge” is by kind permission of San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.

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