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Inside Stories

"Inside Stories" is a series of conversations on the many forms of storytelling, from film to theater to history museums to walking tours and beyond.

Apr 2, 2009

Harvey Milk was a San Francisco supervisor (like a city councilor) and gay rights activist who was killed in 1978 in City Hall, along with Mayor George Moscone. This tour is about Milk and the rise of gay power in 1970s San Francisco. It goes from the site of Harvey's old camera shop at 575 Castro Street, to San Francisco City Hall, and features original interviews with Harvey’s friends and colleagues, as well as archival audio to transport the listener to a time of dramatic political upheaval. The route is a mostly flat 1.75 miles, makes several stops along the way, and takes about 70 minutes. 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. If you don't live in San Francisco or can't get there to take the tour, try listening on a route to your own City Hall, or at home. More info at