Guided Walking Tours with Monika Trobits


Walking Tours through San Francisco with Monika Trobits

Monika has developed a new walking tour, Antebellum and Civil War Days in San Francisco
(Tour #2 – info below) in association with her book.

Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco
For more about Monika’s book, please visit the Publications page. Her book may be purchased at local bookstores. Signed copies can also be found at the bookstores at Fort Point and at the Land’s End Lookout.

April/May Book Presentations/Events / Signings:
Book Presentation: SFSU:
2 p.m., Tuesday, April 28 hosted by the Friends of the Leonard Library, San Francisco State University, J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 121 (the Events Room), 19th Avenue @ Holloway. As an alumna of SFSU’s Political Science/History Department, I’m delighted to be invited to present an illustrated presentation entitled “The Politics on the Streets of Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco.” All are welcome.
Books will be available for sale and signing.

Event: Bay Area Heritage Open House:
5-8 p.m., Thursday, May 7 hosted by the Mechanics’ Institute Library, 57 Post Street, 3rd Floor. Meet local writers, filmmakers and aficionados from local cultural, historical and genealogical entities. Monika will be there with copies of her book on hand.
Free event. All are welcome.

2015 Tour Dates:
(Additional days/dates may be available upon request. Please contact Monika directly.)

Tour #1 – Downtown/Mid-City Journey: Tuesdays: May 12, 19. Saturdays, May 2, 30 or by arrangement.

Tour #2 – Mid-19th Century Journey: Antebellum and Civil War Days in SF:
Thursdays: Apr 23; May 7, 14, 28.
Fridays: Apr. 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
Saturdays: Apr. 25; May 9, 23.

Tour #3: Not currently offered.

Reserve your spot/s using the Brown Paper Tickets link on this site. For cash purchases, gift-certificate and other certificate redemptions, you must contact Monika directly at
Reservations must be made by e-mail and must include the booking #.

Advice for visiting or living in San Francisco: Be open-minded and have a sense of humor.

April travel quote:
“Travel is almost like talking with men (and women) of other centuries.”
René Descartes, French philosopher, mathematician and writer (1596-1650).

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The Walking Tours

Tour #1: The Grand Tour of San Francisco – Part 1

The Downtown/Mid-City Journey
Duration | 9:30 a.m. – approx. 4:45 p.m.
Offered | Please check current tour dates noted above.

Not the average sightseeing tour but rather an opportunity to experience San Francisco from a different perspective. Join Monika for an eclectic walking/riding (public transport) tour tracing San Francisco’s transition from an 18th century pueblo to the booming 19th century mining town leading to its becoming the Queen City of the West and finally emerging as the modern metropolis of the 21st century . . .
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Tour #2 The Grand Tour of San Francisco – Part 2

The Mid-19th Century Journey: Antebellum and Civil War Days in San Francisco
Duration | 10 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m.
Offered | Selected Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (See Tour Schedule above for dates).

This tour celebrates Monika’s new book, Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco: A Western Theater for Northern & Southern Politics. It focuses on those eras in mid-19th century San Francisco which coincided with a worldwide migration to the city seeking gold and silver riches. Join Monika on a walking/riding tour visiting historic sites that remain from the city’s earliest days. Learn about the daily dramas and colorful characters, both on and off local theater stages, that frequented San Francisco during the years leading up to and during the Civil War. . .
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Tour #3: The Grand Tour of San Francisco – Part 3

The Northern Waterfront Journey: Telegraph Hill to the Ferry Building
Duration | N/A
Offered | Not currently offered.

Explore Loma Alta, the “high hill,” and discover its origins and transitions with Monika, your guide for this memorable journey. Visit the landmark structure that crowns Telegraph Hill. View and learn about the magnificent murals in Coit Tower . . .
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About Your Guide

Monika Trobits is a street-wise, native New Yorker and a long-time San Francisco resident of more than three decades. Within a few years of arriving in Northern California, she began her on-going, formal and informal study of San Francisco’s and California’s history, architecture, politics, art, unique features and culturally-diverse neighborhoods. Doing all of that inspired her to seek opportunities to become a walking tour docent and tour guide so that she could lead tours of her adopted city for anyone who would show up and listen. She’s been successfully doing that since 1989. Her presentations are engaging, comprehensive, witty and historically accurate. She leads visitors and residents alike on enjoyable and insightful journeys through San Francisco’s districts. Learn More
Walking Tours through San Francisco with Monika Trobits