In a year that brought the high-profile America’s Cup yacht races to the Bay, the opening of a new Bay Bridge span, and the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Port of San Francisco, the California Historical Society staged an experimental exhibition of many items from its collections not previously exhibited. A part of the exhibit was a crowd-sourced collection of photos on the Historypin website. The Hercules Historical Society contributed selected photos and stories from its own collection of artifacts documenting the earliest industrial and research enterprise in California: the manufacture of explosives, including dynamite, in Hercules.
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