Comprises administrative records, publications, ephemera, and realia, documenting the origins, development, and activities
of the San Francisco Schuetzen Verein between the years 1860 and 1946. The collection also includes materials related to the
San Francisco International Shooting Festival Association, which hosted the Grand Prize Shooting Tournament at Emeryville's
Shellmound Park to complement the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition held in San Francisco in 1915.
The San Francisco Schuetzen Verein was founded by Jacob Knell, H. Millemann, and John Reinhart in August 1859 as a militia
and shooting society for German Americans. In its early days, the organization held shooting tournaments, parades, and eagle-king
shoots, as well as regular target practice in Hayes Park. After President Lincoln's assassination in 1865, the Schuetzen Verein
patrolled the streets of San Francisco for two days and two nights until they were relieved by federal troops. The organization
evolved into a social and athletic club, sponsoring shooting festivals and events around the Bay Area, with headquarters at
the corner of Polk and Turk Streets in San Francisco.
14 boxes (7 linear feet)
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