Russian San Francisco

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Even before San Francisco was founded as a city, Russian visitors, explorers, and scientists sailed to the area and made contact with both the indigenous people and representatives of the Spanish government. Although the Russian commercial colony of Fort Ross closed in 1842, the Russian presence in San Francisco continued and the community expanded to include churches, societies, businesses, and newspapers. Some came seeking opportunity, while others were fleeing religious or political persecution. In the 1920s, San Francisco's Russian population grew exponentially as refugees of the Russian Revolution and civil war arrived, and by the 1950s, a vibrant and culturally rich Russian émigré community was thriving in San Francisco. Today the 75,000 Russian speakers who live in the San Francisco Bay Area continue to pass on their heritage to their children.
ISBN: 9780738571676
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 224
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Authors Nina Bogdan and Lydia B. Zaverukha are San Francisco natives whose parents arrived after World War II. They have chronicled the history of Russian San Francisco through vintage images from private collections, the archives of the Museum of Russian Culture in San Francisco, and a variety of libraries and institutions. Dr. Ludmila Ershova, a retired professor of Russian Studies at San Francisco State University, contributes an insightful foreword.
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