San Francisco History

The history of my birthplace is my personal passion, especially the history of the "Outside Lands"—the Sunset and Richmond Districts. 


Visit the page with my public presentations and walking tours.

On This Page:


PowerPoint Presentations

Articles about San Francisco

Pro Bono Work

Free Walking Tours

San Francisco History Links




Legendary Locals of San Francisco's Richmond, Sunset, and Golden Gate Park




©2014 by Lorri Ungaretti     $21.99



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To purchase, see your local bookstore or contact Arcadia Publishing

Stories in the Sand: San Francisco's Sunset District, 1847-1964

(Balangero Books)

The history of one of San Francisco's largest and least documented neighborhoods.


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Published in February 2012:

Then & Now: San Francisco's Sunset District

(Arcadia Publishing 2012)


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San Francisco’s Sunset District (Arcadia Publishing, 2004)
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San Francisco’s Richmond District (Arcadia Publishing, 2006)
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PowerPoint Presentations

Does your group wish to learn the history of San Francisco’s Sunset District or

Richmond District?


My PowerPoint presentations describe the amazing transformation of the “Outside Lands” from uninhabitable sand dunes to the developed Sunset and Richmond neighborhoods of today.

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Click here to find out about upcoming and past presentations.


Articles about San Francisco

"Raymond Schiller: Community Leader and 'Mayor of the Parkside'"

in The Argonaut, the magazine of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, Vol. 21, No. 1, Spring 2010


View online some of my history articles.


"Soap Box Derby Races on Sunset"

"Abraham Lincoln High School"

"Carl Larsen: The Gentle Dane"
Blackie: The Horse that Swam the Bay” 
Juan Crespi: The Forgotten School”  
Fred Van Dyke” (a profile of the Sunset-born surfing pioneer)
Leon Levy” (a profile of an Inner-Sunset pharmacist)
The Changing Physical Landscape of the Sunset District
        in the Encyclopedia of San Francisco

Pro Bono Work

I edit, lay out, and prepare for printing the quarterly newsletter for the San Francisco History Association.

I researched, wrote, and laid out two fundraising calendars (2005, 2006) for the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. I also selected photos and laid out a set of historical greeting cards for the Friends (2009).


I served on the capital campaign committees for the renovation of two San Francisco branch libraries, the Sunset Branch and the Parkside Branch.

Free Walking Tours

San Francisco City Guides offers free (donations accepted) tours of many areas of San Francisco. Reservations are not required.


I lead three free walking tours for City Guides:

  • Inner Sunset
  • Sigmund Stern Grove (only in May and October)
  • Uncovering the Parkside (only in May and October)


San Francisco History Links