Peter Linenthal spreads the wealth of local history 


The longtime resident of Potrero Hill is the organizer of the neighborhood’s 12th annual Potrero Hill History Night, which takes place 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at International Studies Academy, 655 De Haro St.

Where did you get the idea for an annual History Night? The Archive Project has been going for more than 20 years. We started as an oral history project, recording oral history with longtime residents. We wanted to have an event where people could actually hear conversations with those people we were interviewing.

What’s on the agenda for this year’s event?
This year, as always, the focus will be on interviews with longtime residents. I think it’s going to be a really good year — there will be a conversation between Joel Selvin, a rock critic for many years. ... Then there will be another interview with Josephine Firpo Alioto — she’s 90 years old and she was born and raised on Potrero Hill and she remembers raising goats on 20th Street.

What drives you to research local history? I bought a house in 1975 and I joined the Archive Project because I wanted to learn more about the history of the neighborhood. What really got me excited was when old photographs started turning up.

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