Like college, without the tuition.

Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce its 2018 Lecture Series, the 18th 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 2018 Lecture Series. Please note that schedules may be subject to change.

Lectures are held one, sometimes two, Sundays of each month from January through October. 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.


2018 Lecture Series (FREE)


Lectures begin at 2 pm 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 21 – Sunday Afternoon Lecture, 2 pm, Even The Toast Mattered – A Perfectionist Who Built Germany’s Luxurious Passenger Fleet, Professor Michael Svanevik

January 28 – Sunday Afternoon Lecture, 2 pm, Levi Strauss – The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World, Author Lynn Downey/book signing.

February 18 –  Sunday Afternoon Lecture, 2 pm, Bay Area Japanese Americans in the 1940’s – The Internment & After, Foster City Councilman Steve Okamoto.

March 18 – Sunday Afternoon Lecture, 2 pm, Mayor “Sunny” Jim Rolph – The Man Who Redesigned San Francisco, Professor Michael Svanevik.

April 15 – Sunday Afternoon Lecture, 2 pm,  A Look BackSan Francisco Through Magic Lantern Slides, Ron Ross, President of the San Francisco History Association.

May 20 – Sunday Afternoon Lecture, 2 pm, California Declares War, 1941 – An Awesome Force on Which the Enemy Never Hankered, Professor Michael Svanevik.

June 17 – Sunday Afternoon Lecture, 2 pm, From the Magic City to the Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney at the Gold Gate International Exposition, 1939-1940, Anne Schnoebelen, Vice President of The Treasure Island Museum Association.

July 15 – Sunday Afternoon Lecture, 2 pm,  Buried in a Greek TemplePhoebe and George HearstGiants of The American West, Professor Michael Svanevik.

August 19 – Sunday Afternoon Lecture, 2 pm,  Discovering Titanic –  Examining the 106-Year Legend and Titanic’s Cypress Lawn Connections, Author Sheryl Rinkol/book signing.

September 16  Sunday Afternoon Lecture, 2 pm, 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die, Author Loren Rhoads/book signing.

October 21 – Sunday Afternoon Lecture, 2 pm, Antiques Road Show: Annual Appraisal Day, Terry Hamburg.