Like college, without the tuition.

The Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce its 2020 Lecture Series, the 20th year of providing free lectures of varied topics to our valued community. The Heritage Foundation was established to ensure the preservation and restoration of the historic art, architecture, and arboretum of Cypress Lawn, and at the same time, provide diverse educational programs to the communities we serve.

Through the years, we have presented an eclectic assortment of topics and speakers that have been received wholeheartedly by our growing number of supporters. This year, we hope our titles would once again draw diverse audiences to our lecture room and provide information and entertainment. As always, we are open to topic suggestions, and we welcome you to our 2020 Lecture Series. Please note that schedules may be subject to change.

Lectures will usually be held on the third Sunday of each month. If you would like to be on our mailing list for monthly reminders of these lectures and tours, please call 650-550-8812 or email Terry Hamburg.


2020 Lecture Series (FREE)


Lectures begin at 1 p.m. at the Cypress Lawn’s Reception Center.
1370 El Camino Real, Colma, CA

Light Refreshments Served

All Lectures are free to the public

For more information call 650.550-8812



January 191848: Striking Gold – The Event that Changed California Forever, Author and San Francisco Chronicle Columnist, Carl Nolte

February 16Cable Car & Railway Service to San Francisco & Colma Cemeteries, Historian Don F. Holmgren

March 15History of the American Suffragist Movement & Famous Suffragists at Rest in Cypress Lawn, Historian Serene Williams & Professor Wendy Rouse

March 29 –  San Francisco’s Lost Department Stores – The story of Gump’s, Emporium, I Magnin, J Magnin, City of Paris and White House, Author Anne Evers Hitz

April 19 – Preview of Biopic Film – Gladys Hansen: The Lady Who Shook Up San Francisco History, Artist and Filmmaker Nicholas Woodworth – PLUS: Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake: Never Before Seen Pictures of the Disaster, Historian Richard Hansen

May 17End of the World, The End of the Century: San Francisco Land’s End – More Excitement Than You Think, Author Woody LaBounty

June 21Willie, Niki & George – Emperors, Cousins, Enemies, Professor Michael Svanevik

July 19Splendor in the Glass – A walking lecture on the magnificent stained glass at Cypress Lawn, Docent Terry Hamburg

August 16Obscuring the Truth – When the President is Sick or Dying, Professor Michael Svanevik

September 20Fashion from 1900 to Today, Historian Sharon Rincol

October 18A History of the San Francisco’s Pleasure Palace: The Sutro Baths, Author John Martini

November 15 War in the Pacific, 1941 – The Long Simmering Fuse, Professor Michael Svanevik

Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation is a not for profit organization corporation to provide historical education to the community and to raise funds to restore and preserve the non-endowed works of art that grace the outdoor museum and historical arboretum called Cypress Lawn Cemetery. Information: 650.550.8812